Dispatch No. 1265/BYT-DP: New regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control for entrants

On March 15th, 2022, the Ministry of Health issued Dispatch No. 1265/BYT-DP on COVID-19 prevention and control for entrants. Accordingly, the Dispatch request on epidemic prevention and control for entrants is as follows:

(i) Testing:

  • Entrants entering Vietnam by air: must have negative test results for SARS-CoV-2 before exiting, and the test results must be certified by competent authorities of the country in which the test is done.
    • Within 72 hours if using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method; or
    • Within 24 hours if using antigen rapid test method with SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Entrants entering Vietnam by other routes (land, by sea or by rail): Must have the above negative test. If the test results are not available, then:
    • Do a test for SARS-CoV-2 within the first 24 hours (with RT-PCR/RT-LAMP or antigen rapid test) since entry;
    • If the test results are negative, they are allowed to leave the accommodation and implement anti-covid measures as prescribed. If the test results are positive, immediately notify local health authorities for guidance.
  • Children aged under 2 are not required to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2, are allowed to enter Vietnam and participate in activities outside of their accommodation with their parents and relatives.

(ii) Health declaration and quarantine at the checkpoints:

  • Entrants must carry out health declaration before entry and use PC-COVID application throughout their stay in Vietnam as prescribed;
  • At the border checkpoints, anyone who have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever; cough; sore throat; runny nose, stuffy nose; body pain, fatigue, chills; decrease or loss of taste; decrease or loss of smell; headache; diarrhea; shortness of breath; respiratory tract inflammation, etc., must notify health authorities at the checkpoints for implementation of health measures as prescribed.

The Dispatch No. 1265/BYT-DP will be of full force and effect as of March 15th, 2022.

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