COVID-19: Vietnam Travel Updates

Locals wearing masks while riding motorbikes in Southeast Asia.

Updated 10th April 2022.


  • 17th March 2022 – Vietnam has officially reopened to international tourism without quarantine. Source.
  • 11th March 2022 – The travel industry waits in limbo over the planned international reopening. Finalised entry procedures have still not been released. Source.
  • 3rd March 2022 – Vietnam’s reopening plan is met with criticism over excessive test requirements. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Vietnam Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Vietnam right now?

Yes. Vietnam reopened to all international travellers on 15th March 2022.

Vaccinated Travellers:

As well as the general entry as per the March reopening, fully vaccinated travellers are also eligible for the Phu Quoc Sandbox scheme.

Please see here for Vietnam’s list of recognised vaccines. 

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated travellers can also travel to Vietnam.

Phu Quoc Sandbox

This pilot scheme is the first step in Vietnam’s international reopening to tourists. Fully vaccinated travellers are eligible to enter the country on the scheme. There are some conditions. Travellers must join a package tour and can only visit selected areas in Phu Quoc island.

Entry Requirements

Before you enter Vietnam, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Obtain the relevent visa.
  • A passport with at least 6 months validity.
  • Present a negative test result, taken no earlier than 72 hours before your departure to Vietnam. Alternatively, you can present an ATK test taken no ealrier than 24 hours prior to boarding your flight.
  • Show proof of medical insurance.
  • Within 12 hours of your departure, you must fill in the following form. This will give you a QR code which you will need to present on entry.

*Vietnam’s Foreign “Expert” Visa

We have heard reports of international travellers entering Vietnam on the ‘Foreign Expert Visa’ which is aimed at foreign nationals who want to live and work in Vietnam. In order to apply for this visa, you will have to have a guaranteed job offer in Vietnam before you travel. You will also have to quarantine on arrival for 21 days. Watch this video on YouTube by the Ninja Teacher to find out more about the (long and complicated) process.

FOREIGNER VISA CRACKDOWN: Recently, there has been a government crackdown on foreigners who are living in Vietnam illegally on a tourist visa. Thousands of ex-pats, foreign English teachers and retirees have been forced to leave Vietnam and head home over the past few months due to a tightening of the visa rules. Source.


  • Non-resident foriegners will need travel insurance that covers COVID-19. It needs to cover potential hospitilisation, treatment and costs of quarantine if medically required. Must covers COVID-19 treatment, with minimum liability at $10,000.
#1 Backpacker's Favourite Travel Insurance
SafetyWing Nomad Insurance

SafetyWing is the travel insurance of choice for scores of backpackers! 

  • Subscription style insurance
  • Offers COVID-19 cover
  • Available after your trip has started

COVID-19 Tests Required

  • Travellers must take a COVID-19 test prior to travelling to Vietnam.

Upon Arrival


Quarantine has been scrapped for all international arrivals.

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Vietnam Ministry of Health.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Mask wearing is compulsory in all indoor public places in Vietnam. Not wearing a mask will get you a hefty fine. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – A 2 metre social distancing rule is in force across the entire country.
  • CURFEWS – Curfews could be introduced at short notice.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Public transport can be cancelled with no notice.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – There are different restrictions in regions across the country.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Each province has its own COVID-19 prevention requirements and these can change at short notice.

Land Borders 

Borders with the neighbouring countries of China, Cambodia and Laos have closed apart for the import and export of goods. Transit in Vietnam is not allowed.


Dave Noakes Bio Pic, with Nikki Scott
Nikki Scott | Founder & Editor

Nikki is the founding editor of South East Asia Backpacker. At age 23, she left the UK on a solo backpacking trip and never returned. After six months on the road, she founded a print magazine about backpacking in Asia. The rest is history.

Find me: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top