(05 Aug 2021) Vietnam has announced that fully vaccinated travellers with negative COVID19 test results will be subject to a 7-day quarantine followed by a further 7 days of medical surveillance, rather than the current 14-day quarantine.
Such travellers are required to present a certificate of a negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP COVID19 test result issued within 72 hours before arrival in Vietnam.
Travellers must have received two doses of COVID19 vaccine, with the last dose taken at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before the date of entry to Vietnam.
Those who have been previously infected with COVID19 and have certificates to prove that they have recovered from the virus will also be able to make use of the shorter quarantine.
All arrivals to Vietnam will again be tested for COVID19 on the first and the seventh day of the quarantine period, including the date of entry. The first test will be either rapid antigen or RT-PCR, whilst the second test will be RT-PCR.
Once a traveller has completed their centralized quarantine and returned to their residence or accommodation for further observation, they must wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and use the Bluezone contact tracing app which must be active during the seven days of follow-up observation.
Since Vietnam banned the majority of foreigners from entering the country on 22 March 2020, the country has implemented both 14 and 21-day quarantine periods at different times. This latest move to reduce quarantine for those who have been fully vaccinated to just 7 days will be closely monitored by others in the region.
The Vietnamese government have not yet confirmed when the 7-day quarantine will begin.