Updated on June 26, 2020

  • Vietnam’s borders will remain closed to international tourists until further notice to prevent the second wave of the pandemic.
  • All domestic operations have been resumed. Vietnam Airlines launched severals new domestic routes:
    1. Buon Me Thuot – Can Tho
    2. Buon Me Thuot – Hai Phong
    3. Vinh – Nha Trang
    4. Vinh – Can Tho
    5. Hai Phong – Phu Quoc
    6. Hai Phong – Da Lat
    7. Ho Chi Minh City – Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen)
  • Reopening scenarios: In case the pandemic is contained in the fourth quarter, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will propose relaxing restrictions and the launching of promotions to attract visitors.

As of June 26, 2020, Vietnam remains clear of community transmissions for 71 consecutive days. There are a total of 352 confirmed cases, 329 have been fully recovered and discharged from hospitals.

Updated on May 28, 2020

  • Vietnam extends e-visa scheme to 80 countries while borders remain closed until further notice; this will take effect from July 01 2020. List of the countries and territories which are eligible for E-Visa for future visits is available here
  • Vietnam is considering opening borders to visitors from countries that have gone 30 days without any new cases of COVID-19. The first steps could be the opens of a certain number of islands, such as Phu Quoc. Health measures will be carefully enforced to ensure the safety of both tourists and local residents.
  • Two of Asia’s most significant airport hubs: Hong Kong & Singapore – connecting a lot of flights to Vietnam – will reopen to transit passengers from the beginning of June. Hong Kong Airport will lift transit bans from June 1 while Singapore Changi Airport will do the same from June 02.

As of May 28, 2020, Vietnam remains clear of community transmissions for 42 consecutive days. There are total 327 confirmed cases, 278 have been fully recovered and discharged from hospitals.

Updated on March 19, 2020

  • Vietnam temporarily stops granting tourist visas to all foreigners for a period of 30 days starting at 00:00 March 18, 2020, except those travelling for diplomatic or official purposes.
  • All passengers who have been staying or transiting through 26 Schengen countries, the UK and Northern Ireland, and ASEAN countries within the past 14 days will be quarantined for 14 days.
  • With special exceptions only, all travelers arriving from or having transited through mainland China, South Korea or Iran within the past 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam at this time.
  • From March 7, all travelers coming to Vietnam are required to submit a health declaration upon arrival. Travelers can fill out the declaration at the airport or submit it in advance at the link: https://tokhaiyte.vn

As of March 19, 2020, there are 76 confirmed cases in Vietnam, 16 have been fully recovered and discharged from hospitals.

Updated on March 17, 2020

  • Vietnam temporarily stops granting tourist visas to nationals of China, Korea, the UK and nationals of the countries belonged to Schengen, including: Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Greece, Spain, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Iceland, and Switzerland.
  • Nationals of the listed countries are not allowed to enter Vietnam from 12PM March 15 2020 (GMT+7).
  • Travelers of the listed countries are requested to leave Vietnam by March 17 2020. This does not apply to passengers who reside in Viet Nam.

As of March 17, 2020, there are 45 new confirmed cases in Vietnam. Most of the new cases are on the same flights from Europe to Vietnam. Several hotels and junks where passengers, who are tested positive, from those flights are quarantined to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Also, Vietnam government decided to temporarily close main attractions across Vietnam, details as below:

HanoiNgoc Son Temple
 Hoa Lo – check day by day
 Duong Lam Ancient Village – only biking is doable, no local houses visit
 Phan Thanh Liem puppet show
 Water puppet show – Bong Sen Theater
Ninh BinhTrang An
 Bai Dinh
 Tam Coc
 Bich Dong
 Dinh, Le Temple
 Van Long
 Thung Nham
 Thung Nang
 Cuc Phuong National Park
Ha Long BayHa Long Bay
 Bai Tu Long Bay
 Lan Ha Bay
HueAll main attractions
Hoi AnCantonese Chinese Assemble
 Tan Ky House
 Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel
 Folkore Museum
 Cam Thanh
 Thanh Ha Pottery Village
 Coconut Village
 Tra Que Vegetables Village
 Close the whole ancient town
Quang BinhPhong Nha National Park
Mekong DeltaBinh Thuy Le Ancient House
Close the whole Tien Giang province
An Giang Province
Ben Tre Province

The situation is changing rapidly; therefore, in the next few days the government could issue new closure policy to more attractions, tourist sites, public area or even stop tourists from some other countries to enter Vietnam (even with those have visa) if they find high risk. Tourists can be quarantined while travelling in Vietnam if they stayed at the same hotel or flew on the same flight with people who got coronavirus.

So with actual situation, it is advised to postpone your plan to travel to Vietnam until end of 2020 or 2021. In the meantime, we can help with the trip planning while waiting for a more stable situation in the near future.  Please feel free to contact us at info@saffrontravel.net (English) or spain@saffrontravel.net (Spanish)

Saffron Travel is closely monitoring the situation and will keep you posted.