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International visitors entering Vietnam do not need to be isolated or re-tested


The Ministry of Health issued Official Letter 1265/BYT-DP dated March 15, 2022 on the prevention and control of COVID-19 epidemic for people on entry. Accordingly, international visitors entering Vietnam do not need to be isolated or re-tested.

International visitors entering Vietnam do not need to be isolated or re-tested (Artwork)

Specifically, in order to continue implementing the policy of “safely adapting, flexibly, and effectively controlling the COVID-19 epidemic”, the Ministry of Health guides the implementation of measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 epidemic for people with disabilities. Enter Vietnam as follows:

  1. Requirements on testing for international visitors entering Vietnam
  • For people entering by air: must have negative test results for SARS-CoV-2 (except for children under 2 years old) before exiting:
  • Within 72 hours if using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method;
  • Within 24 hours if using rapid antigen test method with SARS-CoV-2 virus

Test results must be certified by the competent authority of the country performing the test.

  • For people entering by other routes (road, waterway, railway):
  • Must have the same test as for the requirements for people entering by air mentioned above
  • In case there is no negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 as specified above, testing for SARS-CoV-2 must be performed within the first 24 hours (by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 virus) since entry.

If the test results are negative, they are allowed to leave the accommodation and take preventive measures against the epidemic according to regulations. If the test result is positive, it must be reported immediately to the local health authority for instructions on timely handling.

Children under 2 years old who are not required to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 are allowed to enter and participate in activities outside their accommodation. with parents, relatives.

  1. Medical declaration requirements for international visitors entering Vietnam
  • People on entry must make a medical declaration before entering and use the medical declaration application (PC-COVID) during their stay in Vietnam according to regulations.
  • At the border gate if there are symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue, chills; decrease or loss of taste; decrease or loss of smell); pain, headache, diarrhea, difficulty breathing; respiratory infections…) then immediately notify the health agency at the border gate to take medical measures as prescribed.
  1. Health monitoring requirements for international visitors entering Vietnam
  • Within 10 days from the date of entry: self-monitor your health, if you have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue) , chills; decrease or loss of taste; decrease or loss of sense of smell; pain, headache, diarrhea, difficulty breathing; respiratory tract infection…) must immediately notify the nearest medical facility for treatment. timely guidance and management;

At the same time, take preventive measures: regularly wear a mask, disinfect hands with an antiseptic solution.

  • For those who have not tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 before leaving the country: During the process of moving from the entry border gate to the place of residence, limit stopping and parking along the road, avoiding contact close to the people around.

Official Dispatch 1265/BYT-DP dated March 15, 2022 replaces the following documents:

  • Official Letter 10688/BYT-MT dated 16/12/2021;
  • Official Letter 10943/BYT-MT dated December 24, 2021;
  • Decision 2553/QD-BYT dated 18/6/2020;
  • Official Letter 429/BYT-MT dated January 26, 2022.

By Thuvienphapluat

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