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Key Points

  • Beginning in October 2021, the Vietnamese government will start lifting lockdown restrictions in cities
  • Beginning in November, some vaccinated international tourists will be eligible to enter Vietnam
  • Vietnamese government begins work on the creation of vaccine passport


Beginning in October, the Vietnamese government will start lifting lockdown restrictions. On October 1, 2021, the city of Ho Chi Minh will allow for the free movement of residents and no longer require individuals to present a paper travel pass. Government offices, such as the labor and immigration departments, are expected to resume normal processing of work permits and visa applications. The city of Khanh Hoa will implement a trail reopening for fully vaccinated international travelers beginning in November. The first phase will begin November 15, 2021, and end December 31, 2021. Under phase two, from January 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022, a vaccine passport will be implemented. Fully vaccinated travelers from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Australia, France, and Germany are expected to be eligible for entrance.

What’s Changed?

Vietnam has been under strict quarantine mandates, but many previous lockdown restrictions will be lifted with this new change.

Looking Ahead

The government of Vietnam is expected to release more information concerning the reopening of select cities and the vaccine passport. Continue to check the Vietnamese government website for additional information.

Sources: The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

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