Official Dispatch 1265/BYT-DP 2022 prevention and control of COVID-19 pandemic for people entering Vietnam

On March 15, 2022, the Ministry of Health promulgates the Official Dispatch No. 1265/BYT-DP regarding the prevention and control of COVID-19 pandemic for people entering Vietnam.

Specifically, people entering Vietnam by air must have a negative result of SARS-CoV-2 test (except for children under 2 years of age) before departure within 72 hours if they take RT-PCR/RT-LAMP tests, or within 24 hours if they take rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus, with the results thereof approved by the countries where the tests are conducted.

People entering Vietnam by other routes (land, waterway, railway) must take the tests as required for people entering by air. In cases where they do not have negative test results for SARS-CoV-2 as required, the tests (RT-PCR/RT-LAMP tests or rapid antigen tests) for SARS-CoV-2 virus must be conducted within the first 24 hours after they enter Vietnam.

Children under 2 years of age are exempt from the SARS-CoV-2 testing requirement and shall be allowed to enter Vietnam and participate in activities outside of their accommodations with their parents and relatives, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, or infected with SARS-CoV-2, or not.