CAN I TRAVEL TO VIETNAM?
Good morning, Vietnam! Let's take a look at whether we can get into Vietnam right now...
Last Updated November 18th, 2021
Can I travel to Vietnam?
Vietnam has suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. So, unfortunately, Vietnam is a no-go for tourists right now.
Entry requirements for Vietnam:
Can I enter Vietnam if I am fully vaccinated?
If you are either a Vietnamese national or are a rare exception and you are fully vaccinated, you may be permitted to shorten your period of quarantine on arrival at an assigned facility to 7 days if you show a negative COVID-19 test result, followed by another 7 days of medical surveillance at your residence. For more information, check out the Vietnamese Embassy website.
Vietnam will accept the UK’s COVID PASS for those who have permission to travel to Vietnam.
Can I enter Vietnam if I am unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated?
Nope! Just like for fully vaccinated travellers, Vietnam is not currently open for tourism.
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you are in Vietnam and you are fully vaccinated, then before you travel back to England, you must book and pay for a COVID-19 test (either lateral flow or PCR) that is to be taken after you arrive in England. You'll also need to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you can take the COVID-19 test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0. You do not have to quarantine when you arrive in England. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate. If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test. If your lateral flow is negative, no problemo... go about your life as normal!
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm not fully vaccinated?
If you're in Vietnam and you are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, then, like fully-vaccinated travellers, you must complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before you arrive in England. Unlike fully-vaccinated travellers, you must take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before you travel to England. You must also pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests that are to be taken after you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0. If the day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for the full 10 days. You only have to take the day 8 test if the day 2 test is negative. If the day 8 test is negative, you're good to go, you can end your quarantine! If the day 8 test is positive, you have to self-isolate for 10 full days.
However, whenever this amazing country opens, we'll be ready with open arms! Check here for more information on travel to Vietnam.
So while we can't jump on the next flight out to Vietnam right away. It's always good to be in the know, ya know? So here's the scoop on this beautiful country!
When Should I Visit Vietnam?
The good news is Vietnam is a wonder of a country, and there really isn't a right or wrong time to visit! You'll always get a mixture of sunshine and some trickles of rain. But the most popular time to forget your inhibitions and run away to Vietnam is between September - December or spring from March to April. When planning your trip, try thinking of Vietnam is 3 regions, North, Central and South because they all have such different weather! The average temperatures in the South stay between 25°C to 35°C ALL year round! What a dream! Central Vietnam is still hot & dry between January to August! They really do spoil us! The North will have a distinct summer and winter, it's dry season between November to April with Average temps of 17-22°C. Summer lasts from May to October when it's hot and humid, but it might be a little rainier. Overall every day in Vietnam is 50 cent beer so you can't really go wrong.
50 Cent Beers? You've Gotta Be Kidding Me?!
NOPE! We're not joking. If you go to the right place, you can get a beer and some of Vietnam's most delicious food, Pho, for only a couple of bucks! If you needed a reason to go, that's a massive one right there! Pho' real ;)
Apart from some of the best cuisine in the world Vietnam has so much more to offer. So here's the answer to the biggest question of all. Where shall I visit in Vietnam?
Mui Ne Sand Dunes
No, you're not dreaming. They really do have SAND DUNES IN VIETNAM! Yes, you might be picking out orange sand from your underwear and socks for weeks to come, but this experience is like no other. It'll blow your socks off! No socks, no sand, right? A mixture of white sand and a small cluster of red hills. Grab that sandboard and let's ride those dunes baby! It's a sick day out! Ok so you may not be a pro to start with, but hey everyone's got to have someone to laugh at? Just kidding! After a few gos, you'll be gliding along like Aladdin on his magic carpet. We have faith in ya!
Hai Van Pass
Is there a better way to see Vietnam than in an open-top jeep with a couple of your TruFam? I mean yeah, probably if you were sharing with Leonardo Dicaprio and George Clooney, but beggars can't be choosers so we'll take the first option! We hit the road from Hoi An, heading up to Hue, and regardless of how long you have in Vietnam, this is a MUST DO. Wind in your hair, singing along to "Girls just wanna have fun" whilst you take on the most scenic route in Vietnam. Playlist optional of course, but Cyndi Lauper is a legend. Stop off for a swim in the sea, grab a bite to eat along the way. However you spend your day, it's a MUST MUST MUST.
Stay Overnight In Ha Long Bay
Fall asleep under the stars. Watch the sunset whilst floating in emerald waters in between limestone islands topped by rainforest. No, you're not dreaming, Ha Long Bay is a real place! Kayak through ancient caves and lagoons, swim and snorkel in clear waters or just sit back on board and take in your surroundings. It's spectacular, a UNESCO World Heritage Site AND a blockbuster star. Did you know, James Bond, Tomorrow Never Dies was shot in Ha Long Bay? Well, that's the rumour at least. So the boat you stay on might of once housed gorgeous hunk, Pierce Brosnan. Just a thought…or maybe a dream?
There are so many fun things to do in Vietnam the minute we can get back out there. I'll be on that first flight. Let's get outta here, Captain! Travel has changed in 2020, but Vietnam will still be there. Borders will open, and those 50 cent beers aren't going to drink themselves. Grab a pen and paper. Write a bucket list and don't stop till you get there!
As always TruFam,
Don't Quit Your DayDream.