Vietnam removes quarantine for Singapore and all international arrivals

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Vietnam has removed quarantine for all international arrivals (vaccinated or not), requiring just a simple antigen test before departure.

Singapore restored quarantine-free travel from Vietnam with the launch of the Singapore-Vietnam Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) on 16 March 2022, and just in time, the Vietnamese government has confirmed that all incoming tourists will not be required to serve any quarantine on arrival.

This means that two-way quarantine-free travel between Singapore and Vietnam is now possible, and even better, the cheaper antigen tests (ARTs) are accepted for pre-departure testing on both ends!

Vietnam reopens to international arrivals

✈️ Summary: Travel to Vietnam
  • Submit health declaration form prior to arrival
  • Take pre-departure ART/PCR test 24/72h before flight
  • Download and use PC-COVID (Android | iOS) contact tracing app
  • Purchase travel insurance with minimum US$10K coverage for COVID-19 treatment*
  • Monitor health for 10 days after entry and report if COVID-19 symptoms arise
*Not stated as a mandatory requirement in IATA Timatic, but mentioned on Vietnam government website

What’s particularly interesting about Vietnam’s reopening (and confirmed by its main English language newspaper) is that it’s chosen not to make full vaccination a requirement for quarantine-free entry.

Instead, all travellers simply need to present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, which can either be:

  • A PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Vietnam
  • A professionally-administered ART taken within 24 hours of departure to Vietnam

Children under two years of age are exempt from pre-departure testing. If travellers are unable to take a COVID-19 test before departure, they must take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in Vietnam. 

All travellers must also complete a health declaration form and download the PC-COVID contact tracing app before arrival. No on-arrival test is required, but travellers are required to monitor their health for 10 days after arrival and report any COVID-19 symptoms to the relevant authorities.

Regarding travel insurance, this news release on a Vietnam government website mentions that foreigners must carry travel insurance that covers at least US$10,000 in COVID-19 treatment costs. However, I don’t see this reflected on TIMATIC, which is supposed to be the final word on such matters. In any case, it’d be a bit silly to travel without COVID-19 insurance these days, so you might want to see it as a de facto requirement anyway.

Singapore citizens can enter Vietnam without a visa for up to 30 days, as confirmed by the Singapore Embassy in Hanoi.

Vietnam has also resumed its visa exemption policy for citizens from the following 13 countries:

  • Belarus
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Singapore-Vietnam travel: Total testing costs

⚕️ Testing: Singapore-Vietnam Travel
LocationRemarksPrice
🇸🇬 Singapore24h before departure (ART/PCR)From S$17.84*
🇻🇳 Vietnam2 days before departure (ART/PCR)VND 450,000
(~S$27)*
🇸🇬 SingaporeWithin 24h of arrival (self-ART)~S$5*
*Children aged 2 and under exempt

Travellers from Singapore to Vietnam can expect to do three COVID-19 tests in total, all of which can be ARTs. A list of test providers in Vietnam can be found here.

Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore are currently the only countries in South East Asia accepting pre-departure ARTs (well, Malaysia does for the VTL-Land if you want to get technical), making this one of the cheapest travel destinations in terms of testing costs. 

For the cheapest pre-departure testing options in Singapore, refer to this post. 

VTL flights to Singapore

Travellers can take any flight they wish from Singapore to Vietnam, with non-stop service offered to Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

When returning from Vietnam to Singapore, they must take a designated VTL flight or else serve a 7-day SHN on return. The following Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights have been designated as VTL services from Vietnam:

  • Da Nang
    • SQ171 (from 27 March)
    • SQ173 (from 27 March)
  • Hanoi
    • SQ191 
    • SQ193 
    • TR301 
  • Ho Chi Minh City 
    • SQ177
    • SQ183
    • TR303

VTL travel to Singapore

✔️ VTL Eligibility Criteria
All
Short-term visitors & Work permit holders
*Children aged 2 or under in the current calendar year are exempt
^Exception for children aged 12 and below, if they are accompanied by vaccinated traveller

VTL travellers to Singapore are required to take a pre-departure ART/PCR test within 2 days of departure to Singapore, as well as a designated VTL flight.

On arrival, they must perform a self-administered ART within 24 hours of arrival and report the result via a link provided on landing. 

Fully vaccinated individuals can be exempted from all pre-departure tests, on-arrival tests and the need to take a VTL flight to Singapore with acceptable proof of a COVID-19 infection/recovery within the last 90 days. 

Big news: No more SHN, testing or “14-day stranding” for recently-recovered vaccinated travellers to Singapore

Let’s keep in mind the VTL is already living on borrowed time, and it’s highly likely we’ll see a simplified system soon that’s based purely on vaccination status. Fingers crossed!

Conclusion

Vietnam has reopened its borders to international travellers, with only a simple pre-departure ART within 24 hours of departure required. This, coupled with the launch of the VTL to Singapore, means two-way quarantine-free travel is possible once more.

I’m still holding on to a voucher for the Banyan Tree Lang Co, purchased at a steep discount back in the heady days of April 2020. It looks like I’ll finally have a chance to use it!

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Gabriel

I can finally use my lang co voucher!!!!!

Anonymous

I’m a vaccinated singaporean. Based on the above, does it mean that from my trip back from VN to SG, I do not need predeparture testing?

Kelvin Chan

Hey Aaron, I’m holding on to the exact same gift card too. I can’t travel at any time as I please due to work commitments, so I’m only looking at December which is out of the extended expiry date. I’ve written to them to ask them if they will allow me to use the voucher by the stated date to book a date in December instead, but no reply has come in yet. Hope you can update me on your experience too!

Anonymous

vietnam insurance coverage only need min. USD 10k
https://vietnamtourism.gov.vn/english/index.php/items/17003

Betty

It’s abit confusing if we are not Singaporeans or from the visa exempt categories. Can Australians enter Vietnam then, just need to apply for e-visa?

Anonymous

Will be doing a 3 day trip to Vietnam. In this case, can the pre-departure test taken in Singapore (day 1) be used to fulfil requirement for the pre-departure test that is supposedly to be taken in Vienam at least 2 days before? Thinking to do an ART on Day 1 in SG + self-administered ART when back in SG on day 3, and that should be sufficient?

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