Vietnam: FCO Travel Advice Update

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Vietnam with an update to the Entry requirements and Health – Suspension of visa waiver for UK citizens; The Vietnamese government has suspended the visa waiver programme for UK citizens with effect of 12 March 2020; Anyone travelling ahead of that time should check with their airline in advance as a precaution. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:

Health
Coronavirus
There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus originated in China but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese authorities are implementing extensive steps to mitigate the risks of infection, including health screening at airports and land borders. People showing signs of respiratory illness on arrival in Vietnam, those who have travelled from an area with confirmed cases or those that have come in to contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus can expect to be checked and potentially quarantined. Anyone confirmed as having coronavirus, including foreigners, can expect to be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.

The Vietnamese authorities have also announced travel restrictions and quarantine requirements:

  • The Vietnamese Government has announced that the visa waiver programme for UK citizens has been suspended with effect of 12 March 2020. Anyone travelling ahead of that time should check with their airline in advance as a precaution.
  • Anyone who has visited China, Iran, Italy or Daegu city and Gyeongsangbuk province in South Korea in the previous 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam. The only exceptions will be people with specific agreement travelling on official government business.
  • Flights from South Korea are being diverted to alternative airports, some a considerable distance away from the scheduled place of entry in to Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government has recommended that citizens wear masks in public, and it has introduced special permits for anyone seeking to organise large public events.

If you’re returning to the UK from Vietnam, consult the latest advice from the Department of Health and Social Care on actions to take. 

Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available on the TravelHealthPro website.

You can find more information about case in Vietnam on the TravelHealthPro website.

Entry Requirements
Visas
The Vietnamese government has announced that the visa waiver programme for UK citizens has been suspended with effect of 12 March 2020. Anyone travelling ahead of that time should check with their airline in advance as a precaution.

Anyone travelling to Vietnam with a valid visa is advised to check in advance. British citizens arriving in Vietnam will be required to fill in a health questionnaire and undertake basic health tests on arrival. False declarations regarding health history could lead to prosecution.

For visits of up to 30 days, you can get an e-visa online before you travel. Use of the e-visa is limited to certain entry/exit points which you must select at the time of application. E-visa is only applicable to ‘British Citizen’ passport holders. If you don’t have fixed travel plans, consider applying for a regular single entry visa from the nearest Vietnamese Embassy, which allows more flexibility.

For visits of longer than 30 days you must get a visa from the nearest Vietnamese embassy before travelling to Vietnam.

If you’re planning to make multiple visits in a short period to Vietnam, consider applying for a multiple entry visa. You can’t get another 15-day visa waiver within 30 days of your last visit – you’ll need to get a visa or an e-visa to re-enter the country.

If you have questions about entry requirements for your specific itinerary, you should contact the Vietnamese Embassy in London or, if already in Vietnam, the nearest Immigration Office.

From November 2015, British nationals who are spouses or children of Vietnamese nationals can apply for a visa exemption certificate. The certificate is valid for 5 years and allows multiple entries into Vietnam for 6 month periods. Applications can be made at the nearest Vietnamese Embassy or the Immigration Department in Vietnam.

Overstaying your Vietnamese visa without authority is a serious matter and you may be delayed from travel until a fine is paid. Check the visa validity and conditions carefully.

For further information about visa requirements, check with the Vietnamese Embassy in London.

The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.

View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam

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The ABTA Destinations Team
Destinations and Sustainability

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