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Vietnamese Immigration - Catch Up

As you may know, due to Covid 19, Vietnam has imposed some restrictions for foreigners.

As of October 1, the country had confirmed 1,095 cases of COVID-19 with 35 deaths, though 1,010 of the patients had recovered.

The Immigration Department announced another automatic visa extension until October 31 for foreigners stuck in the country due to the pandemic. The measure applies to those who entered Vietnam since March 1. Those that have entered prior to March 1 are also eligible as with the previous extension but must provide documents by their embassies or by Vietnamese authorities to confirm they were quarantined or treated for COVID-19. 

The government on September 15 issued Notice No 330/TB-VPCP allowing Vietnamese carriers to resume international air routes with six countries – these are Guangzhou (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Vientiane (Laos). However, incoming travelers will need to present a negative RT-PCR test three days before departure and test again on arrival in Vietnam.

While Vietnam Airlines began one-way flights to Japan on September 19, carriers will release specific schedules for air routes after an official confirmation from the authorities. 

On August 31, the Ministry of Health lifted the mandatory 14-day quarantine for foreign experts, investors, managers, and diplomats on short business trips of less than 14 days. However, they must comply with all other health measures and must follow their scheduled itinerary. If after 14 days they wish to stay in Vietnam, they can do so without quarantining, provided they test negative for the virus.

Vietnamese authorities will charge a quarantine fee for anyone entering Vietnam from September 1. However, the medical treatment of Vietnamese nationals in case they are infected by the pandemic will be covered by the state budget. Foreign nationals are required to pay for their own medical treatment. International arrivals who opt to stay at government quarantine facilities are required to pay at least VND 120,000 (US$5) per day.

Foreign employees who want to enter should ensure they have a sponsor who can assist in obtaining the necessary paperwork and be prepared for a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival in Vietnam For assistance, applicants can call the immigration helpline at 0243.9387320.

Travelers that are still in Vietnam can call the Tourist Helpline at +84378173371 for guidance on visas, accommodation, hospitals, embassy, or consulate details. The helpline is available from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time.

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