Foreign tourist were originally banned as of March 22, 2020, and it was uncertain when the Vietnamese government would lift this restriction.
However, the country resumed international flights from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia and Laos in September 2020 for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers and skilled workers.
Last fall, the Vietnamese government said it would happen soon start allowing fully vaccinated travelers from designated low-risk countries to enter and stay in certain tourist destinations, with regular international flights resuming in January 2022 and a full resumption of tourism in June 2022.
###: Foreign Visitors Can Enter Vietnam Even Without Visa
The Vietnamese government announced plans on December 10 to resume regular international flights from sometime in January 2022 on a trial basis to and from various areas, including Beijing/Guangzhou, Tokyo, Seoul, Taiwan, Bangkok, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
###: Here is the list of regular international flights to and from Vietnam, which will resume
Effective January 18, 2022, vaccinated travelers with a valid Vietnamese resident card, visa, or visa waiver certificate will be allowed to enter Vietnam. Further details are available here† According to the Vietnamese government website, those wishing to enter Vietnam for tourism purposes can join tour groups under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s inbound tourism pilot program.
###: No Quarantine For Vaccinated Travelers To Vietnam From November
The Vietnamese government continues to allow pre-approved foreigners and their families in exempt categories, including diplomats, government officials, experts, business executives, foreign investors, high-tech workers and other business travelers, to enter Vietnam.
Visitors two years and older must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, undergo a health check on arrival, and follow the country’s protocols.
Also read: It’s official: Vietnam imposes 3-day self-quarantine for fully vaccinated foreign arrivals
From January 1, 2022, passengers entering Vietnam will only be required to isolate for three (3) days in their place of residence if they meet certain conditions specified by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Quarantine is not required for visitors staying less than 14 days in Vietnam.