Vietnam fully opens tourism with ease for entrants and resumes visa exemption policies


“The guiding spirit of the Government is not to treat foreign tourists and local people differently, in terms of pandemic precaution measures”, says Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam.

The Ministry of Health (Official Dispatch 1265/BYT-DP on 15th March 2022) provides the newest guidance for entrants entering Vietnam. The major content is as follows:

– Entrants entering Vietnam by air only need to have (certified) negative test results for SARS-CoV-2 within the first 24 hours with rapid test / or antigen rapid test or 72 hours with RT-PCR /RT-LAMP before exit. Once entering Vietnam, no additional tests and no quarantine are applied.

– Entrants entering Vietnam by land, by sea, or by rail must have test results as above mentioned. In case of no negative test results, they must carry out an RT-PCR/RT-LAMP or antigen rapid test since entry. If the test result is negative, no quarantine is applied. If the test result is positive, they have to contact local health authorities for further guidance.

Vietnam decided to resume the unilateral visa exemption policy for 13 countries for a maximum of 15 days including Russia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belarus. The bilateral visa exemption policy for 88 countries and territories is also recovered, according to Resolution No. 32/NQ-CP of the Government of Vietnam on 15th March 2022.

Sources & further information: “Công văn Bộ Y tế 15/03 V/v phòng, chống dịch COVID-19 đối với người nhập cảnh” at, “Việt Nam eyes safe and effective reopening of tourism” at, “Vietnam to reopen international tourism from March 15” at, and “Khách quốc tế vào Việt Nam chỉ cần xét nghiệm âm tính” at, “Miễn thị thực nhập cảnh Việt Nam cho công dân 13 nước” at, accessed on 17 March 2022.