COVID-19 Travel Updates and Restrictions in Vietnam – SouthEast Asia
Dear distinguished clients and colleagues,
From October 21, Vietnam’s Transport Ministry scrapped the full vaccination requirement for domestic air passengers. However, passengers from high-risk areas or locked-down areas would still need a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to their flights. Passengers from other areas would need one of the following, such as a negative COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate.
Vietnam has temporarily recognized COVID-19 vaccine passport or certificates from 72 countries including China, the US, UK, UAE, Thailand, India, South Korea, Singapore, Italy, Germany, France, Cambodia, and Canada among others to facilitate the entry of foreign arrivals who are fully vaccinated.
Domestic flights resumed on October 1 under a four-phase plan. Flights resumed with localities that have relaxed pandemic prevention and control measures.
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City relaxed social distancing measures on September 21 and October 1 respectively to help recover the economy with pandemic prevention controls. Residents Ho Chi Minh City must receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and obtain a QR code through the mandated health apps for movement within the city.
Vietnam has cut the centralized quarantine period for fully vaccinated foreign arrivals to 7 days from the previous 14. Arrivals must also test negative for the virus within 72 hours before arrival and would then be required to self-monitor for another 7 days after the quarantine period. In addition, those infected with COVID-19 and have certificates that they have recovered from the virus within six months would also have their quarantine period reduced. The government is yet to provide further details and date for implementation.
Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines resumed some international flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with South Korea, Japan, and Australia from April 3. Low-cost carrier VietJet has also resumed services including to Taiwan and Thailand. However, only repatriated approved Vietnamese citizens and approved foreign experts will be allowed to enter Vietnam.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed the government consider gradually resuming international flights in the three stages throughout the year.
Vietnam and Japan have agreed to lift mandatory quarantine for short-term visits for businesspeople and officials from November 1. However, this will be done as per strict health protocols including testing and medical surveillance. Details of the protocols and procedures are yet to be released.
As you may know, not only Vietnam, other Southeast Asia country are reopening. After many months of closed border, Cambodia finally ready to be reopening to international tourist on 30th November 2021. The Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia has released 3 notices with regards to the Reopening for Vaccinated Tourists, Procedures for Reopening for Vaccinated Tourists.
· 30 November 2021 – Preah Sihanouk City and Koh Rong City of Preah Sihanouk province, and Dara Sakor tourist resort in Koh Kong province.
· January 2022 – Siem Reap province.
· Submit to a rapid Covid-19 antigen test upon arrival at the airport.
· If the test result is negative, visitors will enjoy free movement within designated Safe and Green Destinations.
· Foreign tourists visiting under this program can apply for tourism visa type T at the Cambodian Embassy or Consular Office in their respective countries or apply for an E-Visa.
Visa on arrival is not applicable. Travelers need to apply visa from consular in advance in regional countries or via e-visa https://www.evisa.gov.kh/
Also from 1 November, 2021, Thailand plans to lift the quarantine for fully vaccinated foreign visitors arriving by air from the approved countries. More details will be provided via www.tatnews.org. Currently, fully vaccinated visitors are welcome to stay within the Sandbox destinations, Bangkok is also one of the open destinations for international travelers.
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