Since the start of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Vietnam has closely monitored the situation and installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the virus within the country and prepare its public health facilities. Experience with other epidemics places Vietnam in a strong position to protect its population as well as visitors passing through.
Overview of the disease prevention policies applied in Vietnam are as follows:
1. Vietnam lifted its 22-day social distancing directive on April 23. However, the government advises all citizens and foreigners to wash hands regularly, and maintain an interpersonal distance of at least one metre. Gatherings of more than 20 people are banned, and masks must be worn when out in public.
2. Festivals, religious ceremonies, and sporting events are still suspended across the country. Facilities such as bars, beauty salons, and massage parlours remain closed until further notice. Most trades and services including hotels are allowed to resume.
3. Flights, public transportation, inter-provincial transportation, monuments, tourism attractions, and government offices have reopened with safety measures in place.
4. Entry restrictions remain with only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers allowed to enter the country at this time. All persons entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
5. Travellers remaining in Vietnam may call the 'Vietnam Tourism Helpline' for assistance. Please dial (+84) 378 173371 for guidance on visas, accommodation, taxis, food delivery, nearby hospitals, or the embassy or consulate details.
6. Several of festivals and events in Vietnam have been cancelled or postponed in alignment with the government’s directive to avoid public gatherings:
- Huế Festival 2020 - Postponed to August 28, 2020
- F1 Vietnam Grand Prix - Postponed
- Da Lat Sufferfest
- Quang Binh Marathon - Postponed
- Techcombank Ha Noi Marathon - Postponed
- Sunrise Sprint - Postponed to May 3, 2020
- Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2020 - Cancelled
- Da Lat Ultra Trail 2020 - Postponed to June 19-21, 2020
7. Health and safety precautions for travellersTravellers in Vietnam are encouraged to take sensible precautions against COVID-19 during their trips.
The World Health Organization outlines these basic practices to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:
Avoid travelling if you have a fever and cough. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, alert health care services and share with them your recent travel history.
Maintain social distancing. Stay a meter or more away from others, especially those who are sneezing or coughing, or have a fever. Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water. You can also use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer to spray your hands as often as you like.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of dirty tissues immediately and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Avoid contact with live animals. Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch live animals or animal products in markets.
Eat only well-cooked food. Make sure your meals especially animal proteins and dairy products are thoroughly cooked and prepared in a sanitary environment. Discard single-use masks. If you choose to wear a single-use mask, ensure it covers your nose and mouth, avoid touching the mask, and wash your hands after removing it.
"Any travellers experiencing symptoms of the virus — fever, cough, and difficulty breathing — should immediately call Vietnam’s health hotline: 19003228."