The Vietnamese government has resumed its visa-free travel program and reinstated many of its pre-pandemic immigration policies.

Key Points:

  • As of March 15, individuals from Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. can travel to Vietnam without obtaining a visa.
    • Foreign nationals from these countries can stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa for any travel purpose, including short-term business trips.
  • Foreign nationals are no longer required to obtain special entry demand approval from the Vietnamese government in order to apply for an entry visa.
  • Foreign nationals are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival.
  • Travelers are still required to have proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before departure. More information regarding COVID-19 entry requirements is available here.

Additional Information: Application processing delays are expected as many immigration department offices continue to work at a reduced capacity.

BAL Analysis: Individuals who are applying for entry visas should expect delays in application processing due to the resumption of pre-pandemic immigration policies and an increase in application volume. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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