In the frame of reference of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Vietnam Government has implemented stricter Vietnam travel policies regarding foreigner entry and travel in Vietnam in way to stop the spread of such an epidemic throughout the country and to guarantee the safety of both Vietnamese and people from other countries.
This document will keep you up to date on our government’s Vietnam travel policies regarding foreigners’ entry, remain, and take trips in Vietnam, and this will cover:
1. Entry and Quarantine Regulations in Vietnam
Nowadays, the Vietnamese government will continue to bar all foreigners, including those with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate, from entering the country. There are very few exceptions to this policy for holders of diplomatic and official passports visiting Vietnam.
Diplomatic and official duty personnel, as well as their families; experts, investors, business managers, and high-tech workers, as well as their families; international students; and foreign family members of Vietnamese citizens.
5 Steps to Obtaining a Vietnam Visa and Traveling to Vietnam for Foreigners During COVID 19
To enter Vietnam during the COVID breakout, foreigners and their sponsors in Vietnam must follow the 5-step procedure outlined below:
Step 1: In Vietnam, the sponsor prepares the necessary documents and forms; Step 2: The financial backer needs to submit the able to prepare records to the Department of Health;
Step 3: After receiving approval from the Department of Health, the sponsor must obtain flight and hotel confirmation letter (if the foreigner enters Vietnam by air).
Step 4: The sponsor must submit the Department of Health approval, flight booking verification (if the foreign worker enters Vietnam by air), hotel reservation confirmation, and other papers to the Vietnam Immigration Department in order to obtain an entry permit.
Step 5: Travel to Vietnam and remain in quarantine.
2. Entry and Quarantine Procedures in Vietnam in COVID
At the moment, all visitors to Vietnam are quarantined.
Furthermore, as of September 10, 2020, experts entering Vietnam and staying for less than 14 days will no longer be required to enter 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
This regulation’s full text can be found here.
The Ministry of Health has just released this guide.
3. Health Check Upon Arrival in Vietnam
Since March 7, 2020, all visitors to Vietnam will be REQUIRED to have their health checked and fill out a Medical Declaration Form upon arrival.
This form can be completed online via this link on the day of entry into Vietnam, or on paper at the entry point.
- To make an online declaration, go to https://suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte, choose your language, and fill out the form.
- Following submission, you would be given a unique code. Please save it to your phone or write it down and bring it with you to Vietnam.
- When you arrive at the entry point, go to the Medical Declaration Area and show your code to get a print of your Medical Declaration Form.
- If there is no problem with your health, the health staff will check it and seal your Statement.
Then you take the sealed Statement to the visa/immigration counter.
Declaration on paper:
- When you arrive at the entry point, go to the Medical Declaration Area and fill out the Medical Declaration Form.
- If there is no problem with your health, the health staff will check it and seal your Form.
You then take the signed Form to the visa/immigration office.
4. Fines for Non-Compliance:
The Hanoi Department of Justice issued Document 925/STP-PBGDPL outlining heavy fines or, in some cases, criminal charges for people who violate the government’s COVID-19 prevention and combat regulations. Local jurisdictions all through Vietnam may embrace these rules and regs to severely punish people who contravene the social disassociating rules in place, vary based on their specific setting and COVID-19 community transmitting situation.
- People who do not cover their faces in public places may be fined between 100,000 and 300,000 VND.
- If you litter used face masks in public places, you could face a fine of up to 7 million VND.
People who intentionally conceal their or others’ health conditions when infected with COVID-19 will face a VND 2 million fine.
- Eateries or food stalls that do not comply with the order to close in virus-infected areas will face a maximum fine of VND 20 million.
- Individuals and businesses who violate the business restrictions order in public places may face fines of up to VND 10 million and VND 20 million, respectively.
- Those who fail to follow the authorities’ instructions on medical observation and safety protocols before entering or exiting virus-infected areas could face a VND 20 million fine.
- Individuals who flee quarantine sites, violate quarantine protocols, or refuse or evade compulsory quarantine may face a VND 10 million administrative fine. If their actions cause infections in others, they may face criminal charges under Article 240 of Vietnam’s Penal Code for “spreading dangerous infectious diseases.”
- Individuals who flee quarantine sites, violate quarantine protocols, or refuse or evade compulsory quarantine, causing authorities to incur an additional VND 100 million in costs to contain COVID-19, may be criminally prosecuted under Article 295 of Vietnam’s Penal Code for violations of occupational safety and hygiene regulations in crowded areas.
- People fail to accurately notify their health status, resulting in the spread of COVID-19, may face criminal charges under Penal Code Article 240.
- Individuals who spread false information about the COVID-19 pandemic may face administrative fines of up to VND 15 million or criminal prosecution under Article 288 of the Penal Code, which deals with “illegal provision or use of information on computer networks or telecommunications networks.”
- Relying on violence, threatening to use violence, or impeding law enforcement in their efforts to contain COVID-19 may result in criminal charges under Penal Code Article 330 for “resisting law enforcement in the discharge of their duties.”
- Owners of service businesses such as bars, nightclubs (discos), karaoke bars, massage parlors or beauty salons, etc., who defy temporary closure orders resulting in VND 100 million in damage and costs for authorities, would commit a crime under Penal Code Article 295.
- People who buy in large quantities and stockpile goods on the government’s price control list in an attempt to resell and make “illicit gains” during a pandemic situation would be considered hoarding under Penal Code Article 196, which provides for organisational fines or imprisonment based on the price of the items.