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How to apply for a new visa to enter Vietnam in the COVID-19 pandemic?

 
Foreign citizens currently outside of Vietnam with questions about the status of new visa processing for Vietnam should consult Go Viet Travel for information on how to apply for a new visa to enter Vietnam in the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out what to do to enter Vietnam now!

At this time, the Government of Vietnam has not lifted its suspension on the issuance of visas for foreigners, or its suspension of entry for foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate. The Government of Vietnam has not announced a potential date to allow foreigners to enter Vietnam again. 
The exemption for entry only refers to the entry of special categories of travelers with current Vietnamese visas, such as diplomatic, official duty, and special cases, including experts, business managers, and high-tech workers of businesses involved in important projects as determined by the Government of Vietnam. Private businesses with employees with valid visas in the exempted categories mentioned previously must work with Vietnamese authorities on sponsoring their workers and requesting travel entry exceptions.  
The foreign embassies and consulates are not involved in this process and cannot carry out medical surveillance of their citizens during their stay in Vietnam. 
 

1. What to do to apply for a new visa to enter Vietnam in the COVID-19 pandemic?

Companies that want to sponsor their employees for the entry into Vietnam need to send a request letter to the Office of the Government (GO), cc-ing relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Public Security (MPS). The letter should specifically request that the authorities approve that the worker/expert be permitted to enter Vietnam and provide quarantine measures to be taken by the company (at a hotel, or at the company’s facility)
The company must also work out the details regarding quarantine, medical surveillance, transportation options, etc., with the authorities on a case-by-case basis. After reviewing the request, the Office of the Government will make a decision and, if approved, will instruct Immigration to process the foreigner’s entry
If approved, all individuals entering Vietnam must be quarantined for 14 days at a government designated facility or the company’s facility (if applicable). A certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR testing report issued within three days prior to departure is definitely required. After landing, a follow-up RT-PCR test will be conducted.

There may be a possibility for the Government of Vietnam to waive this requirement if such a testing laboratory is not available in the sending country.  Instead, the test would be conducted by the Vietnamese government authorities upon arrival. However, this is on a case-by-case basis and the company must work this out with the authorities. Your embassy cannot intervene in the entry restrictions and quarantine rules established by the Vietnamese government.

If you are worried about the procedure and which forms your company needs to complete Go Viet Travel will help to do everything as we make it easy to complete your visa application and avoid common pitfalls. We just need a photo of your passport and your company's business license all completed forms will be mailed to your company, ready for them to sign and stamp. It’s never been easier than with Go Viet Travel.
 

2. How long does it take for the whole processing to get new visa to enter Vietnam?

 It takes about 2-3 weeks for the whole processing to get new visa for Vietnam. The complete application must include:

- Official letter of approval of the Office of the Government
- Official letter of approval of Department of Health
- Official letter of approval of Immigration Department
- Certificate of expert.
 

3. How long is this visa valid for?

This visa is valid for 3 months only, single entry. Those who want to stay longer can get an extension.
 

4. How to book flight to Vietnam in the COVID-19 pandemic?

Due to special requirements on procedures to pandemic response, tickets are not sold on some airlines' website. Customers can instead purchase tickets at offices and official agents of the airlines in their country and Vietnam.
The official letters of approval from Vietnamese authorities and hotel booking confirmation will be required to provide to the airlines for booking tickets. 

Note that the airline is likely to request travelers obtain a medical certificate issued by a medical institution in their home country confirming that they have been tested negative for Covid-19 before the travel date.

Go Viet Travel can help you purchase flight tickets for Vietnam with ease and peace of mind.


5. How to book designated hotel for quarantine in Vietnam?
 

In the context of the complicated Covid-19 pandemic, in order to meet the practical requirements, the Provincial People’s Committee allows the establishment of a centralized quarantine facility at hotels for cases of voluntary quarantine with payment. Recently, the requisitioned hotels have been proactive and ready to receive quarantine citizens; ensuring safety to peventt pandemic.

The centralized quarantine hotels approved by People Committee of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City are designated for foreign diplomat guests, investors, experts, high expertise workers and leaders of enterprises to conduct quarantine stay before officially working period in Vietnam.

Below is the list of the current designated hotels that serve as paid quarantine locations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City:
 

Designated hotels for quarantine in Hanoi

Designated hotels for quarantine in Ho Chi Minh City

InterContinental WestLake Hanoi (5-star)

Norfolk Hotel (5-star)

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (5-star)

Holiday Inn Hotel (4-star)

Wyndham Garden Hanoi Hotel (5-star)

IBIS Saigon Airport Hotel (4-star)

Muong Thanh Grand Xa La (4-star)

IBIS Saigon South (4-star)

Crowne Plaza West Hanoi (4-star)

De Nhat (4-star

Binh An 3 Hotel (3-star)

Bat Dat Hotel (3-star)

 Hoa Binh Hotel (3-star)

Can Gio Tan Thai Duong (Motel)/Can Gio Mangrove (3-star)

 

Keep in mind that the room rate for quarantine stay is different from room rate for non quarantine guests posted online on Agoda or Booking.com.
Quarantined guests are requested to stay in- room with room service (breakfast, lunch and dinner), delivered to the room’s door, for a minimum duration of 14 days if they are negative for COVID-19 test. Health monitoring tests will be conducted by the Vietnamese Health authorities during the quarantine. All related costs for Covid PCR test will be borne by your company or paid by yourself.
There are no published costs on hotel stay or other costs. This should be checked with the hotel in advance.

Go Viet Travel will make arrangement for hotel booking depend on availability upon purchase of flight ticket into Vietnam.

6. How to get from the airport to your designated quarantine hotel?

Travelers allowed to enter Vietnam shall be escorted directly to the hotel for quarantine. Transportation from the airport to the hotel should be arranged by the hotel in liaison with the Health authorities.
 

7. COVID-19 Testing in Vietnam

Covid PCR test will be conducted for new arrivals from foreign countries, individuals in centralized quarantine and one day prior to release from centralized quarantine.
In the morning of 15th day at the quarantine hotel, the medical staff will come to issue Approval Letter of Quarantine Completion, Test results and return the passport to guests if they are negative after 02 times of COVID test. After that, guest can check-out and start their work in Vietnam.
 

TIPS:

  • All people in Vietnam are advised to wear face masks and avoid close contact with others on public transportation.
  • All passengers using public means of transport (bus, taxi, trains, planes, ships, etc.) must complete online health declaration before the trip and minimize communications during the trip.
  • Any individuals experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus — fever, cough and difficulty breathing — or those concerned they may have been exposed to the virus should call Vietnam’s health hotline right away: 19009095 (Press 1 for English).
 

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Hanoi’s Department of Justice issued Document 925/STP-PBGDPL detailing heavy fines or even criminal charges in some cases for people who violate the government’s COVID-19 prevention and combat regulations. Depending on their local context and COVID-19 community transmission situation, localities throughout Vietnam may adopt these regulations to penalize individuals who violate the social distancing requirements in place.  For further information, please see the Vietnamese government’s website here (in Vietnamese only).
  • People who do not wear face coverings in public places may be fined from 100,000 VND to 300,000 VND. (Vietnamese media previously reported several cases involving fines for individuals not wearing face coverings in areas where strict social distancing requirements are in place. We continue to encourage U.S. citizens to wear a face covering, or at least keep one ready, when leaving their houses to avoid any unforeseeable inconveniences including in areas where social distancing requirements have been loosened.)
  • Littering used face masks in public places may result in fines of up to 7 million VND.
  • People who deliberately hide their or others’ health conditions when infected with COVID-19 will be subject to a fine of 2 million VND
  • Eateries or food stalls that fail to follow the order to close down in virus-hit areas will be subject to a maximum fine of 20 million Vietnamese dong.
  • Individuals or businesses that fail to follow the business restrictions order applicable in public spaces could face fines up to VND 10 million and VND 20 million, respectively.
  • Those who do not observe the authorities’ instructions on medical observation and safety protocols before entering or exiting virus-hit regions could face a maximum fine of VND 20 million.
  • Individuals who escape from quarantine sites, violate quarantine protocols, or reject or evade compulsory quarantine could face an administrative fine of VND 10 million. If their actions cause infections in other people, they could be criminally tried in accordance with Article 240 of Vietnam’s Penal Code on “spreading dangerous infectious diseases.”
  • In addition, individuals who escape from quarantine sites, violate quarantine protocols, or reject or evade compulsory quarantine that cause VND 100 million in additional costs for authorities to contain COVID-19, may be criminally tried in line with Article 295 of Vietnam’s Penal Code on violations of occupational safety and hygiene regulations in crowded areas.
  • People who fail to fully and accurately report their health status in a way that results in the spread of COVID-19 may face criminal liability in line with Penal Code’s Article 240.
  • Individuals who post misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic may face administrative fines of up to VND 15 million or criminal liability in line with Article 288 of the Penal Code on “Illegal provision or use of information on computer networks or telecommunications networks.”
  • Resorting to violence, threatening to use violence, or hindering law enforcement in their efforts to contain COVID-19 may lead to criminal charges under Article 330 of the Penal Code on “resisting law enforcement in the discharge of their duties.”
  • Owners of service businesses like bars, night clubs (discos), karaoke bars, massage parlors or beauty salons, etc.- whose defiance of temporary closure orders lead to VND 100 million in damage and costs for authorities – would constitute a crime under the Penal Code’s Article 295.
  • People who exploit the scarcity or create artificial scarcity during the pandemic situation to buy in large quantities and stockpile goods that are in the government’s price control list in an attempt to resell and make “illicit gains” would be considered hoarding under Penal Code’s Article 196, which provides for administrative fines and imprisonment depending on the value of the goods.