Latest information on COVID-19 in Vietnam

Hotline for COVID-19: 19009095



(As of November 29, 2021)





Updated: September 16th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to serious human-life related consequences and triggered unprecedented challenges to public health all over the world. In Vietnam, the first COVID-19 case was reported on January 23, 2020 and since then, there are 635000 confirmed infections and 15936 deas (by September 16th, 2021).

Since the first case reported in inland China from February 1, and followed by all international flights from March 25;

  • Suspend the entry of all foreigners since March 22, 2020 until further notice to limit the spread of COVID-19 (not applied to diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers);
  • Apply mandatory social isolation from April 1 to April 15, 2020;
  • Make face mask wearing mandatory;
  • Raise people’s awareness toward COVID-19 and how to keep themselves safe from it

COVID-19, a dramatic challenge of International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM)

Being the first English speaking university in Vietnam, IU-VNU is confident to offer international students with an opportunity to come and experience an academically, culturally rich environment. Prior to COVID-19 outbreak, IU-VNU through the Exchange Program hosted international students from its 50 partner universities located in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

However, this lively picture was drastically changed when the pandemic emerged and significantly pulled down the number of its inbound students. In the academic year of 2020 – 2021, IU-VNU succeeded in welcoming 17 foreign students only, originating from Germany, Spain, France, Finland, Sweden and Korea.



Strictly following the instructions issued by the Government and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, the Center for International Mobility (CIM) at IU-VNU facilitates international students’ entry to Vietnam for studying purposes. The following detailed procedure is the most updated one (as of September 2021) allowing Higher Educators in Vietnam to receive/host international students during the ongoing pandemic.

STEP 1: Documents lodged at Department of Labors, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Ho Chi Minh City (prepared by CIM)

Purpose: Seeking for the approval of People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City on the entry of the nominated foreigners.

Checklist for entry permission package:

  • List of incoming international students;
  • An official Application Letter from IU-VNU;
  • Admission Decision of each student issued by IU-VNU;
  • Copies of each student’s passport;

Information needed to be uploaded on to once again (to be done by CIM) to further track the process and to receive the result spontaneously.

The request is processed by the Ho Chi Minh Department of Labors, War Invalids and Social Affairs, in collaboration with Department of Health and other relevant departments before being approved by the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Processing time: 10 – 14 business days.

Meanwhile, CIM keeps in close contact with international students to provide them with the information relating to flight options, hotel options for quarantine (designated by Vietnam Government), and transportation from airport to quarantine hotel. During the COVID-19 time, international students have very limited access to this information due to the complexity of paperwork, and many dealt with the possibility of flight cancellation.

STEP 2: Documents lodged at the Immigration Department Ho Chi Minh City (prepared by CIM)

Once the entry application package (in Step 1) is approved by the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, simultaneously, the result is announced on The People’s Committee then sends a request for student visa issuance to the Immigration Department. Only students whose names appear in the list are in the consideration for visa issuance.

Visa Application Package includes:

  • Application Form for visa issuance (Form NA2);
  • Admission Decision of each student issued by IU-VNU;
  • Copies of each student’s passport;
  • The entry approval letter issued by People’s Committee (in step 1);
  • Tentative flight itinerary of each international student;
  • Processing time: 05 business days

Vietnam Immigration Department will fax a copy of the entry visa approval (Visa Pre-Approval Letter) to Vietnam Embassy or Vietnam Consulate General in students’ home countries. At the same time, students will receive a copy of the visa pre-approval letter from CIM via email.

STEP 3: Documents lodged at Center for Disease Control and Prevention Ho Chi Minh City, Center for Disease Control Ho Chi Minh City, and Provincial Medical Center (prepared by CIM)

Quarantine Plan for each students’ arrival to Vietnam (via Tan Son Nhat Airport) is necessary and crucial as the last step. The package should include:

  • The entry approval letter issued by Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee (in step 1);
  • The entry visa approval letter issued by Immigration Department (in step 2);
  • Tentative flight itinerary of each international student;
  • Hotel confirmation for the 14 days quarantine upon students’ arrival;
  • Transportation confirmation from airport to quarantine hotel;

STEP 4: Final review of document checklist prior to departure

In the completion of documents for the departure, international students must prepare the following documents by themselves:

  • COVID-19 test result stating Negative: the test must be taken within 96 hours (4 days before departure) or the number of specific hours regulated by the Airlines, and must contain the wording “Real time-PCR” on the testing result. Test result must be translated into English and certified by the Lab/Doctor if it is generated in other languages.
  • International Insurance Certificate guaranteeing COVID-19 treatment coverage.

For the students to be able to embark, the following 07 documents need to be printed out and brought along during the process of flying out and in:

  1. Approval Letter from People’s Committee of HCMC (sent by CIM in step 1)
  2. Visa Pre-Approval Letter from HCMC Immigration Department (sent by CIM in step 2)
  3. Decision and Letter of Accptance
  4. Hotel Confirmation for the quarantine (sent by CIM; Hotel arrangement is done by CIM according to students’ request)
  5. Transportation Confirmation from airport to quarantine hotel (sent by CIM)
  6. COVID-19 test result stating Negative (prepared by students)
  7. International Insurance Certificate (prepared by students)


  3. Notice of No. 102/TB-VPCP dated March 17, 2020, conclusion opinion of the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the meeting of Standing Committee of the Government on COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control
  4. Official dispatch no. 2847/CV-BCD dated May 23, 2020 on facilitating entry of foreigners who are investors, experts, highly skilled worker into Vietnam for work;
  5. Official Letter No. 2814/UBND-VX dated July 24, 2020 of People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City;
  6. Decision No. 3767/QĐ-UBND dated October 12, 2020 of People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City;
  7. Notice of No. 4690/SYT-NVY dated August 17, 2020, introduction of transportation agency from airport to quarantine places

List of International Flight and Quarantine-Related Expenses

(A guidance for cost estimation)

No. Items

Tentative price (in USD)


Hotel for 7-day (or 8 nights) quarantine

*Arrival night is considered as night 0, the next night is night 1



84 USD/night

Prior to the arrival, the students are required to provide their card information for pre-charge. All of fees will be charged on the check-out day.

Real Time PCR test during quarantine period: 32 USD/kit test, 2 times of test during the quarantine.

2 Transportation from Tan Son Nhat Airport to the quarantine hotel 128

The price is applied on each passenger

Only sanitized designated cars are allowed to pick up foreign passengers at the airport

If students come in a group, they can share this fee

3 Real Time PCR test (in student’s home country) N/A The amount of money depends on each student’s home country. Students MUST submit the test result within 36-72 hours prior to their departure
4 International insurance with COVID treatment coverage N/A The amount of money depends on each student’s home country. Students MUST submit the insurance 02 days prior to the flight booking date.
5 Flight ticket 1,500-1,800 Round-trip, from European countries (with Emirates Airline)
1,300 One-way, from European countries (with Emirates Airline)

670 – 950


One-way, from Asian countries (with China Southern Airline/Korean Airlines)

*In case students need to change their flight schedule after making the ticket payment, they need to contact the airline for the difference in fare.