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In brief

On 4 August 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued Official Letter No. 6288/BYT-MT on shortening the period of centralized quarantine for people who have received sufficient doses of COVID-19 vaccine (“Official Letter No. 6288“).

Key takeaways

According to Official Letter No. 6288, the centralized quarantine period for travelers entering Vietnam is reduced to seven days for those who:

  • Have a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 (by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method) within 72 hours before departure, certified by the competent authority of the country performing the test; and
  • Have received sufficient doses of COVID-19 vaccine from 14 days to 12 months prior to the entry and have a certificate of vaccination; or have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 no more than 6 months prior to the entry and have a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 disease (or equivalent document) issued by the competent authority in the country of treatment.

Travelers entering Vietnam will be tested on the first and seventh days. After completing the centralized quarantine and during the self-health monitoring period at the places of residence, these travelers must always follow the so-called ‘5K’ (in English: mask, disinfection, distance, no gathering, health declaration) and continue to use the Bluezone app for 14 days from the date of entry.

In more detail

Recommended actions

Given the policies and practices regarding the entry of foreigners are constantly changing, please always check with us for timely updates.

If you need further details or assistance on entry into Vietnam, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Prepared with the assistance of Sanny Doan/ Luc Tung Phong


Thuy Hang Nguyen is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Ho Chi Minh office and the head of the Employment and Labor practice in Vietnam. She joined the Firm in 2006 and has been involved in a wide range of practice areas in various investment projects. She has extensive experience in employment and labor law, and has advised on corporate and regulatory compliance issues in Vietnam, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment licensing, corporate and commercial matters. Ms. Nguyen is a leading authority and frequent speaker on employment and labor law in Vietnam and the Asia Pacific region.

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