COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
Quarantine RequiredCOVID-19 Testing Requirements All travelers will need to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test (except children under the age of 2). The test should either be a RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test (completed within 72 hours prior to departure) or a Rapid Antigen test (completed within 24 hours prior to departure). The test results must be certified by the authorities of the country where the test was administered. If the traveler cannot provide a negative test, they will be required to take a test within 24 hours from their arrival. If the test result is negative, they may then leave their accommodation. If the test result is positive, they must report immediately to the local health authorities for further instructions. Quarantine Requirements Vietnam has removed the quarantine requirements for all travelers. However, travelers must monitor their health during the first 10 days after entry. If any symptoms develop, they must immediately alert the local health authorities.
ImmigrationThe Labour offices and Immigration departments of major cities in Vietnam, Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City are operational. However, due to the Covid-19 situation across the country, safe distancing orders may still be in place in government agencies. Some government staff are still working from home or on hybrid working arrangements. Given this, processing times may be significantly delayed. Hanoi The Labour Department in Hanoi is open and continues to receive job position approval (JPA) applications, new work permit applications, as well as renewal applications for foreign nationals. Note that applications are initially submitted online for review and shortly after the hardcopy documents/application forms are sent to the Labour office for deliberation. The Immigration Department in Hanoi remains open. The Immigration Department continues to strictly review and scrutinize applications for the entry of foreign nationals. Therefore, delays in processing should be expected. Additional requirements/information are expected to be requested by the authorities without advance notice, which may cause more delays in processing. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) The Labour Department in HCMC is open and continues to receive JPA applications, new work permit applications, as well as renewal applications for foreign nationals. Note that applications are initially submitted online for review and shortly after the hardcopy documents/application forms are sent to the Labour office for deliberation. While new and renewal work permit applications are accepted, applicants must arrive in HCMC first before applications to the Labour office can be filed. The Immigration Department in HCMC remains open. The Immigration Department continues to strictly review and scrutinize applications for the entry of foreign nationals. Therefore, delays in processing should be expected. Additional requirements/information are expected to be requested by the authorities without advance notice, which may cause more delays in processing. Travel Restrictions Vietnam is currently reopening its borders and is reinstating the immigration rules and policies in place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the rules are continuing to evolve (particularly on the provincial level). Foreign national entrants will still be subject to any prevailing health and Covid-19 prevention measures. Special entry approvals are no longer required prior to entry into Vietnam. This announcement has yet to be fully implemented but most provinces are expected to come in line with the announcement in the next coming days. The Vietnam government released a resolution that grants a visa exemption (lifting the temporary suspension of visa exemptions) to nationals of the following countries: Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Foreign nationals from these countries will be granted 15 days of visa-free travel in Vietnam regardless of passport type and entry purpose (tourism or business). The resolution is due to stay in effect for a period of 3 years (through March 2024). Resumption of international flights but may still be subject to cancellations and changes.
Home SearchServices currently offered include:
• Virtual (yes, as well as face-to-face normal service)
• Lease checks
• Check in/out
• Market availability
Temporary AccommodationsYes, available as normal.
• International and local schools open and having classes with students on campus; international school admissions as normal.
• School tours are available on a case-by-case basis as to whether or not they are allowed.
General Informationpeople in risk groups and unvaccinated people are recommended to wear a face covering when they are out among people when the infection rate is high if It is difficult to keep a distance from other people
• Flights: No incoming international commercial flights allowed; domestic flights are available.
• Trains: Operating in country as normal.
• Buses: Operating in country as normal.
• Trams: N/A
• Restrictions/timetables: Domestic flights, trains on reduced timetables but still available.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Video recommended
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
Restriction to perform physical surveys, packing and delivery possible in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi since October 1st 2021. Packing/delivery crew will be tested weekly with green pass (test kit). Some restrictions may occur due to regulations of each management building/residence (as limited size crews allow to operate) .
Air - Omicron spread is impacting the airfreight market with many flight cancellations
Sea - Carriers have cleared alot of the back log, however space remains tight. Bookings to Europe are starting to open up. Need to book and plan early to avoid delays.
• Yes, with limitations.
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?