Latest Travel Rules on Vietnam Visa from USA
Vietnam is a stunning combination of natural splendor and cultural diversity. While the countryside offers breathtaking views, the larger cities are bustling with activity and offer plenty of opportunities to sample Vietnam’s delectable cuisine.
This wonderful country is one of Southeast Asia’s most underestimated locations, packed with surprises. Check out the travel information provided below to get a Vietnam visa and other requirements at ease.
Understand the latest travel regulations before you leave. Pandemics can cause many of these changes without notice.
Visa and Entry requirements:
Vietnam Entry Requirements
Passport and e-Visa are required for entry into Vietnam. At least one blank visa page must be present on your passport, which must be valid for six months beyond your intended stay. Entry to Vietnam will be denied to all without an e-Visa.
Vietnam Visa Requirements
Citizens of the United States can apply online for a single entry E-visa. The Vietnam e-Visa is valid for a single entry for a maximum of 30 days. After the Vietnam Immigration Department gets the completed application and E-visa fee, an E-visa is usually processed within three working days.
At the entry port, E-visa holders must present their printed E-visa and a valid passport. It is recommended that before making travel arrangements with an E-visa, you review the List of Ports of Entry that allow foreigners to enter and exit Vietnam via E-visa. When applying for an E-visa, thoroughly review and adhere to the E-visa application steps.
Safety and Security Details:
It is important to note that Vietnam’s safety standards do not match those of the United States, and they vary significantly between companies and provinces. This is very true when it comes to fire codes.
Safety equipment and emergency exits are limited or non-existent in many buildings such as hotels, shops, and restaurants, which travelers should be aware of. There are no safety regulations in place for ground or water transportation.
Crime: Violent crime against foreigners is infrequent; however, minor offenses such as theft and pick-pocketing are common, particularly in crowded areas and tourist areas. If thieves target you, do not resist and quickly report the incident to local police and the US Embassy in Hanoi or the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Keep your passport and other assets in a hotel safe or another safe place at all times, and carry both photocopies and digital copies of your passport.
Drugs and Sexual Assault: Women traveling alone may face some form of harassment or verbal abuse. To reduce your risk, avoid traveling alone, especially at night; be especially cautious in less populated areas; and be cautious when dealing with strangers or recent friends.
Drugs sold in Vietnam may be counterfeit, synthetic, or laced with toxic ingredients that the buyer is unaware of. You should also avoid buying liquor or cigarettes from strangers or street vendors because the contents’ authenticity cannot be guaranteed.
Tourism Industry: The tourism industry is not uniformly regulated, and safety inspections of equipment and facilities are rare. In most cases, appropriate medical treatment is only available in/near major cities.
In several cases, first responders cannot reach areas outside of major cities and provide emergency medical care. Medical evacuation insurance is strongly recommended for all US citizens.
Vietnam Local Laws:
Penalties for Crimes: Vietnamese laws apply to you. You may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned if you violate local laws, even if you don’t realize it. If you do not have a proper ID, such as a passport or a copy of your visa, you may be detained in Vietnam and questioned. If you violate Vietnamese laws, your US passport will not protect you from arrest or prosecution.
Rules in Hotels: When you check into a hotel in Vietnam, you must present your passport (and any visas, if applicable) so that your stay can be registered with the local police. Every guest in a hotel room, irrespective of nationality, must be registered.
If you stay at a private residence (e.g., a relative’s or friend’s home), you must abide by registration requirements by visiting the local police station and enrolling your stay within 24 hours. Some provinces permit online registration.
Export Regulations: The export of antiques is prohibited by Vietnamese law. However, these laws are ambiguous and inconsistently enforced. Customs officials may inspect and reclaim your antiques without compensating you, and the definition of what constitutes an “antique” can be unreasonable.
If you buy valuable non-antique items, keep receipts and confirmation from sellers and/or the Ministry of Culture and the Customs Department to avoid seizure when you exit the country.
Import Regulations: Vietnamese officials have captured documents, audio and videotapes, compact discs, literature, and personal letters that they believe are pornographic or political in nature or are intended for religious or political preaching.
Importing weapons, ammunition, explosives, military equipment and tools (including uniforms), narcotics, drugs, toxic chemicals, pornographic and subversive materials, firecrackers, or children’s toys have “negative effects on personality development, social order, and security” is prohibited.
Currency Regulations: There are no restrictions upon entering or exiting Vietnam. However, Vietnamese Dong worth more than VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency worth more than 5,000 US dollars or equivalent must be declared.
Covid Restrictions: The Vietnamese government currently requires 14-day quarantine periods. Please keep in mind that these quarantine periods may be extended at any time without notice. All airline passengers arriving in Vietnam must show proof of a negative Real-time PCR SARS-CoV-2 test performed within three (3) to seven (7) days before arrival.
Medical Facilities: When it comes to emergency response services and medical facilities in Vietnam, they often fall short of international standards and lack of medicine and supplies.
In general, medical personnel speaks little or no English. Doctors and hospitals anticipate receiving immediate cash payments for healthcare services. Before visiting Vietnam, you need to purchase medical evacuation insurance.
You should bring enough medications for your stay in Vietnam and check with the Health Ministry to ensure that the medicine you require is allowed to enter the country. If you are transporting medication in a travel case or container, you should keep a copy of your prescription with you.
Verify if your health insurance plan covers you abroad. It is essential that travelers have enough money and/or insurance to cover any potential medical expenses. Hospitals frequently keep a patient’s passport as collateral for payment, and patients may have trouble getting their passport back if their medical bills are not paid in full. Patients who do not pay their medical bills in full may be forbidden from leaving the country.
Local Travel and Transportation:
Safety on roads: Vietnam’s traffic is dangerous, chaotic, and disorderly. Road conditions are deplorable, and traffic accidents are the leading cause of death, serious injury, and emergency evacuation of foreigners in Vietnam.
Long-distance buses and trains fail to meet American safety standards. Buses and trucks are frequently overloaded and travel at high speeds without regard for other road transportation modes.
Traffic Rules: Driving in Vietnam is unlike driving in any other country. Vietnamese drivers routinely violate traffic laws, resulting in daily traffic fatalities. International driving permits and US driver’s licenses are ineligible in Vietnam because the United States is not a signatory to the Convention on Road Traffic.
- While Vietnam has a well-developed bus system, buses can be overcrowded and are frequently driven with little or no regard for passenger safety.
- Major taxi companies are usually dependable. Before you travel, ask the company for the driver’s name, phone number, and license plate number if you need a pickup.
- GrabTaxi and local taxi companies are easily accessible via smartphone apps and are actively used by both foreigners and locals.
Before you travel back to the US:
All air travelers entering the United States, including US citizens and fully vaccinated persons, must have a COVID-19 test result that is negative no more than three days before travel. You may submit the documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the previous three months before boarding a flight to the United States.
If you haven’t been vaccinated, get a viral test 3-5 days after your trip AND stay at home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days. Even if your PCR test results come back negative, you should remain at home and self-quarantine for the whole 7 days. If you are not tested, you should return home and self-quarantine for 10 days after your trip.
Post Travel Suggestions:
Make a backup of your vacation photos:
Throughout our lives, we will be able to recall our travels thanks to the photos we took. Organize and back up all of your vacation photos to the cloud now that you’ve gathered them all together.
Journalize your trip:
As you travel, you’ll want to keep a travel journal to record your adventures. You can include a photo taken during your trip, a list of your travel plans, and even voice recordings made during your stay. Additionally, you can do the following:
- In your journal, describe the people you’ve interacted with.
- In your article, describe the food you ate while you were on vacation.
- What is your preferred and least favorite element of the trip, and why?
- What would you like to do on your next visit to the same place?
- What would you tell your friends and family about your journey? Make them travel guides!
In the Travel Forums, please share your travel advice:
A travel journal or blog can provide a good starting point for planning a trip. Everyone, on the other hand, has different expectations for the trip. It is a place where people can ask questions and receive responses. First-time travelers will find it helpful to ask questions about their trip in a forum.