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Socialist republic of vietnam, in the united states of america.
- Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh (2014 - 2018)
- Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong (2011-2014)
- Ambassador Le Cong Phung (2008 - 2011)
- Ambassador Nguyen Tam Chien (2001 - 2007)
- Ambassador Le Van Bang (1995 - 2001)
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I. You can apply for a visa to Viet Nam in person, by mail, online or by e-mail.
1. Apply in person at the Embassy of Viet Nam , 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036 (walk-in, no prior appointment is required; from 9:00 A.M to 12:00 A.M and 02:00 P.M to 04:30 P.M from Monday to Friday, except holidays) or Apply by mail to the Embassy of Viet Nam , 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036 and receive your visa by mail – Click here .
2. Apply online and receive loose-leaf visa by mail – Click here . (For United States Passport Holders only; payment by Paypal)
3. Apply by email and receive loose-leaf visa by mail – Click here . (Payment by credit/debit card)
Notice: For Vietnamese holding a US Permanent Resident Card (also referred to as "Green Card"), you can apply for a Visa Exemption Certificate ( click here ) , also known as "Viet Nam 5-year visa".
II. Processing time
Standard: 3 business days (after all required documents are submitted).
Expedite service: 24-hour processing time (additional fee is required). Kindly put an Expedite service or URGENT note/label on your envelope or in your application package for easier processing.
III. Other important notices
* Upon receiving your visa issued by the Embassy, kindly double check all personal information printed on your visa. In case of inaccurate personal information, please contact the Embassy immediately for correction or adjustments (fees may be applied for amendments of visas due to applicants' inadvertent errors).
* For diplomatic and official passport holder, you can apply in person or by mail (online or email application is not applicable). Diplomatic and official visas will be issued GRATIS (free of charge) unless otherwise agreed upon between Viet Nam and the applicant's country. In addition to documents specified in Part I, the applicant is requested to submit a visa approval number, a diplomatic note, or an official letter from the relevant agencies of the United States Government, Diplomatic Missions and international organizations accredited to the United States.
* The cost for visa includes visa approval fee, processing and handling fee, postal service and expedite service (if required). Visa fees vary depending on type of visa, duration of stay and type of service (standard or expedite). Please contact the Consular Division for further information.
* If you travel in a group: combined payment can be made in one money order or check for the whole group (two applicants or more). All applications can be sent in one envelope and the visas can be sent back in one return envelope.
* Duration of stay: visa will be valid from the date of entry provided on your application and printed on the visa. You may enter ON or AFTER the date of entry given on the visa and is expected to leave before the end of the expiration date.
* For travelers with 12-month visa: The Customs and Border Protection Authority at the port of entry into Vietnam determines the length of each authorized stay within the 12-month duration.
* Online visa: As the Embassy cannot confirm the reliability of online visa services offered by many companies on the Internet, it is strongly recommended that travelers obtain suitable visas prior to their trip to Viet Nam. There have been reported cases of fraudulence and personal data theft when applying for online visa and cases of entry refusal on arrival when these types of online visas are applied through un-recognized websites with no connection to the Embassy. The Embassy cannot verify the validity of such visas and cannot provide assistance to travelers in case they are refused of entry while using these types of visas. In order to avoid any risk of personal data theft or losses through fraudulent use of credit/debit cards, travelers are strongly recommended not to provide personal information on untrusted websites.
* The Embassy reserves the right to request further information and documentation from applicants and to deny approval for any visa application without necessarily providing explanation for visa denial.
* Business hours: 9:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M and 02:00 P.M – 04:30 P.M from Monday through Friday. The Embassy is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and during Viet Nam and United States holidays .
* For more information, please contact the Consular Division of the Embassy:
- Address: 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington D.C., 20036.
- Telephone: 202-861-0737 ext. 118/121/122/125/129.
- Mailing information: 202-861-0737 ext. 113.
- Fax: 202-861-0917
- Email: [email protected]
* In case of emergency, you may contact the Embassy's hotlines at 202-716-8666.
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Regulations for international visitors to Vietnam from 15th March 2022 - Viet Nam National Authority of Tourism
(TITC) – Vietnam officially reopens tourism from 15th March. On the same day, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism promulgated the guidance including requirements for international visitors to Vietnam.
International tourists in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Provinve. Photo VOV
Accordingly, international visitors entering into Vietnam are not required for mandatory quarantine.
Requirements for international visitors to Vietnam
- Have a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method within 72 hours before entry into Vietnam or have a negative rapid test result within 24 hours before departure certified by the competent authority of the country where the test is performed.
- For international visitors entering via land, rail and sea border gates, undergo test for SARS-CoV-2 at border before entry in case of no proof of negative test result.
- Children under 2 years old are not required to be test for SARS-CoV-2.
- Have medical or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of USD10,000.
- Complete a health declaration before entry. (at https://tokhaiyte.vn)
- Install and use PC-COVID application.
- Self-monitor health for 10 days after entry.
- Notify health authority if having signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- Ensure conditions on exit and entry according to Vietnam's immigration laws and other relevant regulations when travelling in Vietnam.
Vietnam restored the policies on entry visas for foreigners as before the pandemic outbreak.
From 15th March 2022 to 14th March 2025, Vietnam applies visa exemption for citizens of 13 countries (Germany, French, Italy, Spain, UK and Northern Ireland, Russian, Japan, Republic of Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belarus) with maximum length of stay to 15 days.
In case of need support in acquiring the entry permit, please contact Vietnam Immigration as following:
Tel: +84 (024) 3826114 / (024) 3826026 (Ha Noi) / (028) 3920 0365 (Ho Chi Minh City)
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New policies from 15th August 2023
Vietnam grants e-visas for citizens of all countries and territories with 90-day stay duration and valid for multiple entry.
Citizens of 13 coutries enjoying unilateral visa exemption can stay in Vietnam up to 45 days.
Vietnam visa exemption
Vietnam's new visa policy effective from 15th August 2023 extends stay duration for 13 countries enjoying unilateral visa exemption from 15 days to 45 days, regardless of passport type and entry purpose. The 13 coutries include: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belarus.
Below is the full list of 25 countries +Kazakhstan that are exempted from visa requirement:
Brunei, Myanmar, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, The UK, The Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Chile, Panama.
VIETNAM ELECTRONIC VISA (E-VISA)
From 15th August 2023, Vietnam grants e-visas for citizens of all countries and territories with 90-day stay duration and valid for multiple entry.
Here is the list of border gates that allowed foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by E-visa.
13 international airports: Noi Bai (Ha Noi), Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City), Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa), Da Nang, Cat Bi (Hai Phong), Can Tho, Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Phu Bai (Thua Thien Hue), Van Don (Quang Ninh), Tho Xuan (Thanh Hoa), Dong Hoi (Quang Binh), Phu Cat (Binh Dinh), Lien Khuong (Lam Dong).
16 land border gates: Tay Trang (Dien Bien), Mong Cai (Quang Ninh), Huu Nghi (Lang Son), Lao Cai, Na Meo (Thanh Hoa), Nam Can (Nghe An), Cau Treo (Ha Tinh), Cha Lo (Quang Binh), La Lay and Lao Bao (Quang Tri), Bo Y (Kon Tum), Moc Bai and Xa Mat (Tay Ninh), Tinh Bien and Vinh Xuong (An Giang), Ha Tien (Kien Giang).
13 sea border gates: Hon Gai and Cam Pha (Quang Ninh), Hai Phong, Nghi Son (Thanh Hoa), Vung Ang (Ha Tinh), Chan May (Thua Thien Hue), Da Nang, Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh), Dung Quat (Quang Ngai), Vung Tau (Ba Ria - Vung Tau), Ho Chi Minh City, Duong Dong (Kien Giang).
Simply apply online for your tourist E-visa . You will receive your code by email to print your visa or access via official website of the Vietnam Immigration Department
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Vietnamese visas and visas on arrival, vietnam visa application form, visa on arrival, you can save time by completing the entry/exit form before you arrive at one of vietnam’s international airports. to get started, click here to download, print, and complete the pdf form. (see document notes for photo requirements), vietnam visa makes it simple to get a business or tourist visa, getting a business or tourist visa to vietnam is simple at vietnam visa.
- Step 1 — Fill out a quick application form online (you will need to know your arrival date and the name of the airport at which you will arrive)
- Step 2 — Pay the visa servicing fee online
- Step 3 — Within two business days, you will get an email with your official Vietnam visa Approval Letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department
- Step 4 — Print the Approval Letter and prepare two (4cm x 6cm) photos of yourself according to noted requirements
- Step 5 — Bring the printed Approval Letter, photos, and the government Stamping Fee (along with your passport and any other required documents) with you on your trip to Vietnam
- Step 6 — When you arrive at your destination airport in Vietnam, show the Approval Letter and photos at the Immigration office
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Vietnam Entry Requirements for Travelers
Covid-19 entry requirements for travelers to vietnam.
UPDATED: September 2022
Since May 2022, travelers no longer need to show any Covid-19 vaccination or undergo any Covid-19 tests or quarantine to be allowed to enter Vietnam.
Within Vietnam, all destinations have fully opened up and the tourism industry is happy to welcome foreign guests again. Travelers do not need to worry about wearing masks except in busy public places such as airports, and can enjoy Vietnam’s beautiful nature, fascinating culture, and delicious food in full once again.
Read on for official Covid-19 entry requirements in Vietnam in 2023.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health no longer requires travelers to show any Covid-19 vaccination certificate, or undergo any test or quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam.
Travelers only need to hold a valid visa to be allowed entry, as well as carry medical or travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 10,000 USD for Covid-19 treatment.
Read more: Visas for travelers to Vietnam in 2023
Prevention within Vietnam
Travelers are still required to wear masks in airports, transportation terminals, and public places, but the locals are increasingly relaxed about wearing masks, especially in rural destinations such as Hoi An.
All travelers are requested to monitor their health closely within the first 10 days of arrival in Vietnam. Those who experience Covid-19 symptoms while within the country must call Vietnam’s health hotline (1900 3228) and follow the guidelines given by Vietnam’s health authorities.
Travelers who are concerned about their health and would like to be tested for Covid-19 can do so at any of Vietnam’s appointed health units around the country or at Vietnamese or international hospitals. Covid-19 self-tests are widely available from pharmacies across Vietnam and Quang Nam.
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Using the PC-Covid app
PC-Covid is Vietnam’s official medical declaration app, and is available for Mac and Android in English and Vietnamese. Downloading the app is optional, but it can be used to check for Covid-19 outbreaks in locations around Vietnam, declare domestic moves such as flights within Vietnam, and to submit health declarations online.
The app will save your personal information the first time you enter it, so you will not have to fill out forms completely each time you declare your health.
- Download the PC-Covid app on Google Play here .
- Download the PC-Covid app on the App Store here .
Vietnam’s 5K Policy
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health encourages travelers and locals to follow these five guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19:
- Keep a safe distance from others
- Declare your health on the PC-Covid app
- Wear a mask when out in public
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid gatherings of large groups
Masks and hand sanitizer are easy to find throughout Quang Nam Province. To avoid creating unnecessary waste, bring or buy reusable masks that you can wash and wear again.
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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see Your COVID-19 Vaccination for more information.
Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Vietnam.
Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.
Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.
Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.
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Recommended for unvaccinated travelers of all ages traveling to Vietnam.
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Recommended for travelers who
- Are moving to an area with Japanese encephalitis to live
- Spend long periods of time, such as a month or more, in areas with Japanese encephalitis
- Frequently travel to areas with Japanese encephalitis
Consider vaccination for travelers
- Spending less than a month in areas with Japanese encephalitis but will be doing activities that increase risk of infection, such as visiting rural areas, hiking or camping, or staying in places without air conditioning, screens, or bed nets
- Going to areas with Japanese encephalitis who are uncertain of their activities or how long they will be there
Not recommended for travelers planning short-term travel to urban areas or travel to areas with no clear Japanese encephalitis season.
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CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Vietnam take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.
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Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.
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Rabid dogs are commonly found in Vietnam. However, if you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Vietnam, rabies treatment is often available.
Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.
Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include
- Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
- Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
- Visitors to rural areas
Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Vietnam.
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Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
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- Avoid contaminated water
How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)
- Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
- Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
- Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
- Avoid contaminated water and soil
- Wading, swimming, bathing, or washing in contaminated freshwater streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, or untreated pools.
Avoid bug bites
- Mosquito bite
- Avoid Bug Bites
- Mosquito bite
- An infected pregnant woman can spread it to her unborn baby
Airborne & droplet
- Being around, touching, or working with infected poultry, such as visiting poultry farms or live-animal markets
- Avoid domestic and wild poultry
- Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
- Bite from an infected rodent
- Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
- Avoid rodents and areas where they live
- Avoid sick people
- Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.
Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Vietnam, so your behaviors are important.
Eat and drink safely
Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.
- Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
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- Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
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You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.
Prevent bug bites
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Vietnam. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
What can I do to prevent bug bites?
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
- Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
- Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
- Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
What type of insect repellent should I use?
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
- Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- Always use insect repellent as directed.
What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?
- Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
- Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.
What can I do to avoid bed bugs?
Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .
For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .
Some diseases in Vietnam—such as dengue, Zika, and filariasis—are spread by bugs and cannot be prevented with a vaccine. Follow the insect avoidance measures described above to prevent these and other illnesses.
Stay safe outdoors
If your travel plans in Vietnam include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.
- Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
- Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
- Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
- If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
- Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
- Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
- Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.
Stay safe around water
- Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
- Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
- Do not dive into shallow water.
- Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
- Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
- To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.
Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Vietnam. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.
Keep away from animals
Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.
Follow these tips to protect yourself:
- Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
- Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
- Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
- Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
- If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.
All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:
- Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
- Go to a doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.
Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.
Reduce your exposure to germs
Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
- If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.
Avoid sharing body fluids
Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.
- Use latex condoms correctly.
- Do not inject drugs.
- Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
- Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
- If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.
Know how to get medical care while traveling
Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:
- Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
- Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
- Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
- Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Vietnam’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
- Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).
In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.
Malaria is a risk in some parts of Vietnam. If you are going to a risk area, fill your malaria prescription before you leave, and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.
Select safe transportation
Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.
In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.
Be smart when you are traveling on foot.
- Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
- Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
- Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.
Choose a safe vehicle.
- Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
- Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
- Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
- Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
- Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
- Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.
Think about the driver.
- Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
- Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
- Arrange payment before departing.
Follow basic safety tips.
- Wear a seatbelt at all times.
- Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
- When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
- Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Vietnam may be poor.
- Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
- Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
- If you choose to drive a vehicle in Vietnam, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
- Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
- Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
- Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
- If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
- Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.
Medical Evacuation Insurance
If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.
Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.
The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.
For information traffic safety and road conditions in Vietnam, see Travel and Transportation on US Department of State's country-specific information for Vietnam .
Maintain personal security
Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
Before you leave
- Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
- Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
- Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
- Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.
While at your destination(s)
- Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
- Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
- Follow all local laws and social customs.
- Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
- Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
- If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.
To call for emergency services while in Vietnam, dial 115 for an ambulance, 114 for the fire department, and 113 for the police. Write these numbers down to carry with you on your trip.
Learn as much as you can about Vietnam before you travel there. A good place to start is the country-specific information on Vietnam from the US Department of State
Healthy Travel Packing List
Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Vietnam for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?
It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.
If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.
If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.
For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .
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Can I travel to Vietnam from the United States?
Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Vietnam.
Can I travel to Vietnam if I am vaccinated?
Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Vietnam without restrictions.
Can I travel to Vietnam without being vaccinated?
Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Vietnam without restrictions.
Do I need a COVID test to enter Vietnam?
Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Vietnam.
Can I travel to Vietnam without quarantine?
Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.
Do I need to wear a mask in Vietnam?
Mask usage in Vietnam is not required in public spaces and public transportation.
Are the restaurants and bars open in Vietnam?
Restaurants in Vietnam are open. Bars in Vietnam are .
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Vietnamese Electronic Visa is a kind of approval letter granted by Vietnamese Immigration Authority provisions to visit Vietnam on short terms stay.
Vietnam E-visa is an electronic visa and valid to stay up to maximum 30/90 days on single or Multiple entry basis.
All listed foreign nationals are eligible to apply eVisa who want to visit Vietnam. Applicant can apply personally through our secured channel or via approved agencies or Embassy/Consulate. This portal provides an access to apply and process on behalf of applicant request through various error free security method.
E-visa fee and processing fee is paid via online payment gateway is protected by E Services. Once visa is issued and will not be refunded. For more details visit terms and condition.
List of Eligible Countries that allowed to apply eVisa.
List of Ports that allowed foreigners enter and exit Vietnam by E-visa.
Requirement for being granted e-visa:
- All citizen of foreign nationals.
- Holding valid passport;
- Not falling into the any criminal cases prescribed in Article 21 of Law on foreigners' entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam.
How to Apply:
- For All foreigners, Apply Now
E-visa holders in Vietnam may be considered to get new visa if being invited/guaranteed by authority/organization/individual in Vietnam in accordance with Law on foreigners' entry into, exit from, transit through, residence in Vietnam.
Foreigners who entry Vietnam must comply with Vietnamese law.
Recent Update - Visa Policy:
All Vietnam destinations are open. No self-isolation is required. Here are key points of the new guidelines: Vietnam eVisa + travel insurance now accepted for entry.
Basic entry requirements:
- Valid Travel insurance with coverage of COVID-19 treatment must. Minimum insurance cover value of USD 10000.
- All foreign nationals must Downloaded PC-Covid mobile app ( Apple / Google Play ) which must be shown at all checkpoint.
- Foreigners are requested to self-monitor yourself at least 10 days from the date of entry and notify to nearest medical centre if you experience any sign of COVID-19.
- Social Distance, Surgical mask and sanitizer are required at all the times. Children under two are allowed to outdoor when accompanied by adults.
Applying procedure for getting eVisa
- Minimum requirement. Prepare the required materials: High resolution Photo without glasses and facing straight view. Passport Data Page (Front Page) Passport validity for at least six months. Your temporary staying address in Vietnam and entry/exit port name. Debit or credit card for payment.
- Click Apply Now button and fill the requested information as per your passport details.
- Upload your selfie photo and passport front page on the form completely. Submit your form.
- Pay the requested visa and process fees for verifying document and validation of your application.
- Within four to five working days, you should receive updates of your application via email and you can download eVisa through track section.
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Controversial project in Vietnam threatens paradise of popular tourist destination Ha Long Bay
Posted: November 12, 2023 | Last updated: November 13, 2023
Ha Long Bay ’s forested limestone islets and aquamarine waters have long drawn tourists seeking a snippet of paradise, but this week pictures of diggers and shipping containers on a dusty construction site amid the striking karsts have provoked an escalating row in Vietnam .
The huge government-approved project has reignited debates about the threat mass tourism and overdevelopment pose to the Unesco World Heritage site and raised questions about lax environmental protections in the “buffer zone” surrounding Ha Long Bay.
Jutting out into Bai Tu Long Bay, which borders Ha Long, the 318,000 square metre development plans to feature 451 villas, several seven-storey hotels and other services for about 2,500 residents, the Tien Phong newspaper reported this week.
The project was approved by the province in 2021, after Do Gia Capital paid 1.2 trillion dong (£40.4 million) at auction for the rights to the site.
But photos in state media showing the scale of the development have proved controversial.
“The limestone karsts have been turned into the toys of the newly rich,” Nguyen Xuan Dien, a well-known historical researcher, wrote in a widely shared Facebook post, adding that the plans are a “direct threat” to the heritage site.
In the comments section of a story on VnExpress, one reader added: “This is truly destructive to the natural landscape. What are they thinking?”
Speaking to the Telegraph on Friday, a Unesco spokesman also “expressed concerns” and urged Vietnam to strengthen the legal protection status of the buffer zone to protect the region from threats including mass tourism, pollution and major new shipping lanes.
“The World Heritage Centre will reiterate its request to the state party to submit more updated information about the construction works, to understand the negative impact it could have on the integrity of the site,” the spokesman said, adding that the World Heritage Committee plans to examine conservation in the region in July next year.
Ha Long Bay – which literally translates as “descending dragon” – is one of Vietnam’s most popular attractions, with about seven million visitors last year.
The coastline and surrounding town are already heavily developed – Ha Long City now has a cable car, amusement park, luxury hotels and thousands of new homes.
Issues have been reported around the disposal of both human and plastic waste, while conservationists estimate that only about half of the 234 corals originally in the bay remain.
Yet not all locals see the increasing development as a negative – some say that it helps to boost the economy, improve infrastructure and enhance the quality of life.
“The environment needs to be protected, but the economy also needs to develop so that people have the opportunity to have a better living standard,” Huy Luu, 39, who lives about 2.5 miles away from the new construction site, told the Telegraph.
“My point of view is that development should not be prevented, but projects must be supervised by both the people and the government to ensure the project does not unduly affect the bay.”
Quang Bui, 37, who works at a local coal company, said: “People find life easier being near the tourist area, everything is better than before, especially … the infrastructure quality. Only with a development project can the land of people in the nearby area increase in value, which is positive, not negative.”
Yet officials have responded to a week of negative headlines in the communist country, where the media is tightly controlled, while outcry on social media reflects how much easier it has become for Vietnamese people to raise concerns online.
Truong Quoc Binh, the former deputy head of the Vietnamese culture ministry’s heritage department, said that “the boundaries of Ha Long Bay had been seriously violated”, according to Tien Phong.
Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Construction, in coordination with the environment and culture ministries and local authorities, has been ordered to investigate the development and report back to Pham Minh Chinh, the Vietnamese prime minister, before Nov 25.
In Quang Ninh province, which approved the project, local officials have also stressed that they won’t “attract investment at all costs” and promised not to trade environmental protections for economic growth.
The province has also fined Do Gia Capital 125 million dong (£4,200) for failing to comply with an approved environmental impact assessment, according to a statement on the Vietnamese government’s website.
The Telegraph has contacted Do Gia Capital for comment.
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U.S. Mission Vietnam Message for U.S. Citizens Level 4 Travel Warning for Vietnam March 1, 2022
On February 28, 2022 the U.S. Department of State updated its Travel Advisory for Vietnam and raised the Travel Advisory Level to Level 4: Do Not Travel . This upgrade reflects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Level 4 Health Travel Notice indicating that there is a very high level of COVID-19 in Vietnam. For more information, please refer to the advisory and CDC notice.
The COVID-19 situation in Vietnam is constantly changing and varies from province to province. All U.S. citizens are advised to check with local friends, landlords, employers, or ward-level government officials to be aware of the most up-to-date information for each ward, district, or city. Government of Vietnam regulations regarding business operations, quarantine, movement, and travel restrictions in all parts of Vietnam can change with little notice.
The U.S. Mission in Vietnam reminds all U.S. citizens that they are subject to local laws and regulations while visiting or living in Vietnam. We advise U.S. citizens to comply with the Government of Vietnam’s testing and quarantine requirements.
For more information, please:
- See the U.S. Embassy’s webpage regarding COVID-19
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19 .
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Vietnam.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
Additional Information from U.S. Mission Vietnam: Website: U.S. Embassy Hanoi Website: U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City Phone: +84-24-3850-5000 Follow us on Facebook and on YouTube Enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
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