COVID-19: Vietnam Travel Updates

Locals wearing masks while riding motorbikes in Southeast Asia.


  • 14th May 2022 – Vietnam has dropped its pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement for all arrivals from 15th May 2022. Source.
  • 13th May 2022 – Cambodia and Vietnam will soon open their land borders, however, no date has been set yet. Source.
  • 10th May 2022 – Vietnam-Laos land border has reopened to fully vaccinated travellers. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Vietnam Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Vietnam right now?

Yes. Vietnam reopened to all international travellers on 15th March 2022. All travellers to Vietnam must follow the same entry protocols, regardless of their vaccination status.

Vaccinated Travellers:

Vaccinated travellers are able to visit Vietnam without quarantine.

Please see here for Vietnam’s list of recognised vaccines. 

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated travellers can also travel to Vietnam without quarantine.

Entry Requirements

Before you enter Vietnam, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Obtain the relevant visa (if applicable). VOA now available.
  • A passport with at least 6 months validity.


  • Non-resident foreigners are recommended to get travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
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Upon Arrival


Quarantine has been scrapped for all international arrivals.

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Vietnam Ministry of Health.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Mask wearing is compulsory in all indoor public places in Vietnam. Not wearing a mask will get you a hefty fine. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – Social distancing rules are in force across the entire country.
  • CURFEWS – Curfews could be introduced at short notice.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Public transport can be cancelled with no notice.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – There are different restrictions in regions across the country.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Each province has its own COVID-19 prevention requirements and these can change at short notice.

Land Borders 

The land border with China is currently closed. The Laos-Cambodia land border should be reopening soon, however, dates are yet to be announced. The Laos-Vietnam land border is now open.


Nikki Scott - Founder South East Asia Backpacker
Nikki Scott | Founder & Editor

Nikki is the founding editor of South East Asia Backpacker and The Backpacker Network. In her early twenties, she left her home in the North of England on a solo backpacking adventure and never returned! After six months on the road, she founded a print magazine that became legendary on the Banana Pancake Trail. The rest is history.

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