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Last updated: 9th March 2020

Coronavirus Vietnam and Travel Insurance

Following a worldwide outbreak, governmental authorities in Vietnam have implemented extensive measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website is an excellent resource to keep up-to-date with official guidelines and advice for travelling to Vietnam.

In order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus in Vietnam, local officials have implemented the following measures for visitors to the country;

  • Additional health screenings will take place for all visitors at airports and borders.
  • Visitors showing signs of respiratory illness, who have been into contact with coronavirus patients or who have from an infected area will be checked and possibly quarantined.
  • Anyone confirmed as suffering from COVID-19 will be quarantined for 14 days.
  • As of 8th March, the Vietnamese government announced plans to suspend the visa-waiver programme for the UK and Europe. This could be implemented at very short notice, so check before travelling if you plan on entering Vietnam on the visa-waiver programme.
  • Anyone who has travelled to China, Iran, Italy or Daegu city and Gyeongsangbuk province in South Korea in the past 14 days will be denied entry into Vietnam.
  • The government has recommended that masks are worn in public.

Will Coronavirus Affect my Vietnam Travel Insurance?

Visit our coronavirus guidance page for up-to-date advice and information on travelling to Vietnam, including the potential impact on your Vietnam travel insurance policy.

What is Coronavirus?

Originating in Wuhan City, China, coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to flu. Initially, coronavirus presents as coughing, sneezing and fever, which may then develop into breathing difficulties. Visit the World Health Organisation website for more details about symptoms, as well as travel advice and updates on the spread of COVID-19.

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus

Currently, there is not a cure for COVID-19, but there are steps that you can take to help you stay healthy.

  • Use hot water and soap to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, try to do it frequently throughout the day.
  • If you have been out in public, particularly on public transport, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing and get rid of any used tissues immediately.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has been or is unwell.
  • If you experience symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, stay indoors and seek medical advice.
  • Follow official sources for updates.

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