Vietnam has recently opened its doors to more international flights – allowing travel entry for China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Laos, and Cambodia.
International students as well as foreign family members of Vietnamese citizens are permitted entry to Vietnam on international commercial flights. Foreigners are allowed entry provided they have diplomatic and official passports, experts, business managers, high-skilled workers, investors, and a family member to a Vietnamese citizen.
Note that along with the travel restrictions, tourists traveling to Vietnam are still prohibited.
As of the moment, there are only two round trip flights allowed per week between destinations and will gradually increase depending on the demand. Prior to boarding, any passengers are required to show a certificate that shows they have been tested negative for the COVID-19 virus within three days of the scheduled flight. Any Vietnamese carriers could prohibit a passenger to board should they have a body temperature exceeding 37.5 C.
Part of the requirement is being tested using the real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method.
Upon arrival to Vietnam, passengers are also required to perform another test using the RT-PRC method in a centralized quarantine camp at the airport. The test costs $63 for two mandatory tests that will include a registration of contact and quarantine details.
Anyone entering Vietnam for more than 14 days has to be tested twice using the RT-PRC costing $31.53 each according to the Health Ministry. An additional $10.22 will be imposed for using rapid test kits.
These rates are applicable to all passengers coming from overseas, Vietnamese citizens included. Samples will be mandatorily taken from the passengers upon landing to the airports in Vietnam. Another test will be performed on the sixth day of entry to Vietnam.
Passengers that will be tested positive of the COVID-19 virus will be transported to medical centers for treatment. On the other hand, those who have negative results are allowed to switch from centralized quarantine camps to self-isolation at home or their preferred accommodation for 14 days as mandated by the health ministry. Quarantine at designated government facilities will cost foreign nationals and Vietnamese citizens $5.16 a day.
Hotels and resorts in Hanoi and HCMC charge 1.2-5 million VND approximately at $51.77 USD per room per night.
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