Vietnam

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

COVID-19

There's a wordwide outbreak of COVID-19. Take a look at the preventive measures related to COVID-19.

This country has travel restrictions:

  • The Belgian authorities strongly advise against travelling to this country, or Belgian tourists are not allowed in.

  • If you have been abroad for more than 48 hours, you must fill in this identification and evaluation form on arrival in Belgium. This is not necessary if you will be staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours.

  • After completing the identification form, you will be informed whether a COVID-19 test and post-return quarantine are compulsory.

The information on Wanda is updated daily, but not over the weekend.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks

Malaria

There is a low malaria risk in most of the country. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

In the central highlands below 1500 meter, bordering Cambodia (Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai and Kon Tum), there is a moderate malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you. Due to resistance problems, the use of mefloquin (Lariam®) is not recommended.

In the urban areas (like Hanoi, Danang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh, etc.), the delta areas of the Red River and the Mekong River, the islands Dao Phu Quoc and Dao Tho Chu and in most of the touristic coastal provinces there is no risk of malaria.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in the entire country. The peak season is between May and October and especially in the north.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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