What you should know about travelling to Vietnam from Australia during COVID-19

Only a limited number of travellers can enter Vietnam right now, and here’s the latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements for those who can.

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Hearty bowls of pho and mouth-watering banh mi aside, with its beaches, mountains and dynamic cities, Vietnam offers Australian tourists so much more than a foodie wonderland.

Unfortunately (for now) Vietnam’s borders are closed for all but a very limited group of foreign travellers. Keep reading to find out when visitors from Australia will be able to visit Vietnam as well as travel exemptions and quarantine requirements.

TL;DR: Entry requirements for Vietnam

  • Visa or visa exemption certificate
  • Vaccination proof, at least 14 days before entry or a recovery certificate issued within 6 months before entry (if required)
  • A negative PCR test result within 3 days before boarding
  • 3-day quarantine for most travellers
  • Travel insurance covering at least US$50,000 against COVID-19 treatment expenses

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What are the entry requirements for Vietnam coming from Australia?

Do I need a permit or visa to enter Vietnam?

Yes. To travel to Vietnam, you must have either a visa or a visa exemption certificate. Note that the government has suspended the granting of new visas until further notice.

Entry by foreigners is not currently permitted with the exception of some diplomats, experts, foreign investors, officials and skilled workers.

Do I need proof I'm vaccinated to travel?

Vietnam has been trialling a package tour program for travellers from select destinations with bookings only through approved travel agencies. If travelling through this program, you will need to have a vaccination certificate administered at least 14 days before entry and not more than 12 months before entry, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued within 6 months before entry.

All other travellers who meet Vietnam's strict entry requirements do not need to be vaccinated.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test when travelling to Vietnam?

Yes, a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of arriving is necessary for travel to Vietnam.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Vietnam?

As of 1 January 2022, the Vietnamese Government has reduced its mandatory quarantine to a 3-day self-quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers. Visitors will be required to provide a negative PCR test upon arrival and to take another one on their third day. Visitors will still need to monitor for symptoms for 7 days.

Those on approved tour packages do not need to complete quarantine but need to take regular self-tests and monitor for symptoms.

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Which entry points in Vietnam are open to travellers from Australia?

Only select airports and entry points throughout Vietnam are open and you may be transported to a different airport on entry for quarantine purposes.

Are flights between Australia and Vietnam available?

Vietnam’s government has approved the resumption of flights between Vietnam and 9 destinations from 1 January 2022. These include:

  • Thailand: Bangkok
  • China: Beijing or Guangzhou
  • Cambodia: Phnom Penh
  • USA: San Francisco or Los Angeles
  • South KoreaSeoul
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan: Taipei
  • Japan: Tokyo
  • Laos: Vientiane

You will need to make sure you are able to meet the transit requirements for each destination you travel through to get to Vietnam.

As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Vietnam?

Vietnam has ongoing social distancing measures in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. You should expect disruptions for both domestic and international flights as well as movement restrictions in some provinces if COVID-19 numbers increase. Lockdowns have been introduced in the past.

Travellers should monitor the local news and contact local authorities for more information before and during travel.

You must wear a mask in all public places including airports, supermarkets and on public transport. You may be fined or detained if you don't.

Are hotels, hostels and resorts all open to tourists?

Yes, most accommodation providers have resumed operations with new safety measures in place.

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Can I cruise to or around Vietnam?

Yes, cruise ships are allowed into Vietnam. There are cruises scheduled for as early as January 2022 with Oceania, Regent and Viking.

Currently, Australia has a ban against international cruise ships which means there are no cruises scheduled to depart from Australian ports for the near future.

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What's open in Vietnam?

Vietnam has focused its opening efforts on its resort areas and organised tours, so you may notice that many of its more urban tourist attractions are still closed or have restrictions in place.

Some of Vietnam's open attractions and sites that we've got on our list include:

Walking trails, parks and beaches: Some of the recreational venues in Vietnam are open to visitors with some additional safety protocols in place.

Shopping centres and stores: Some retail businesses are allowed to reopen but must adhere to specific rules and capacity limits.

Restaurants, cafes and bars: Bars and nightclubs are currently closed but restaurants have resumed operations.

Returning to Australia from Vietnam

Do I have to quarantine when I return to Australia?

Yes, you will need to do some level of quarantine upon arrival back from Vietnam. However, this depends on which state you're flying into and your vaccination status.

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Do I need proof of a negative test before arrival in Australia from Vietnam?

Whether you need a negative COVID-19 test result before you arrive in Australia from Vietnam depends on which state or territory you're travelling to.

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COVID-19 statistics for Australia vs Vietnam

Note: No data was available on days where the charts may read 0% for vaccination rates.

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