After Vietnam has announced to open its border for travelers starting 15 March 2022, the government has also released the regulation for entering the country. With these regulation in place, free travelling to and in Vietnam and cruising in Heritage Line’s cruise destination Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay and the Lower Mekong Vietnam and Cambodia will be possible again from now on and without any major hinderance.
Here are the essentials of the entry travel protocol:
A quarantine free travel is allowed from day one if a negative COVID test not older than 72 hours (RT-PCR/RT-LAMP) is presented at the immigration (children under 2 years excepted. Or, alternatively a rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours conducted by a certified authority in the country where the test is made. These requirements apply for border entries via land, air and sea.
There is NO requirement of a covid-19 vaccination.
If a traveler is not able to give proof of a negative test as listed above, he/she is required to take a test (either using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen tests) at the time of the arrival and quarantine for the first 24 hours. If the results is negative, free travelling is allowed after.
Every traveler has to make a medical declaration on the ground before entering the country and is obliged to download and use a local COVID-19 mobile application (https://pccovid.gov.vn, available in English, iOS, Android) during the entire stay. A health insurance with sufficient coverage for hospitalisation and treatment (esp. Covid19).
Other soft requirements include that visitors should self-monitor their health and if any symptoms develop during their stay, seek for immediate assistance in the nearest medical facility. Travelers are also asked to wear mask at any time and any location where it is required, sanitise their hands frequently and try to keep social distancing.
Visa-free policy re-instated
Vietnam closed inbound tourism and halted issuing visas for foreign tourists since March 2020. Now, the government informed about visa policies as to re-instate the pre-pandemic visa-waiver program. The following countries do not have to apply for a visa prior to their arrival in the country. Citizens from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, Belarus, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. are allowed to enter Vietnam for 15 days without a visa. This policy is valid until 14 March 2025. For many other countries, Vietnam has also re-instated e-visa application.
Plan your cruise now and benefit from our risk-free booking policy
It is a good time now to plan your next cruise adventure – be it in Halong Bay or on the Lower Mekong River. We have offers for everyone and our flexible conditions allow you to make a risk-free booking with ‘peace of mind’.