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Vietnam to reduce quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers

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Vietnam has announced that fully vaccinated travelers with negative COVID-19 test results will be subject to a 7-day quarantine followed by a further 7 days of medical surveillance, rather than the current 14-day quarantine.

Such travelers are required to present a certificate of a negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before arrival in Vietnam.

Travelers must have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with the last dose taken at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before the date of entry to Vietnam.

Those who have been previously infected with COVID-19 and have certificates to prove that they have recovered from the virus will also be able to make use of the shorter quarantine.

All arrivals to Vietnam will again be tested for COVID-19 on the first and the seventh day of the quarantine period, including the date of entry. The first test will be either rapid antigen or RT-PCR, whilst the second test will be RT-PCR.

Once a traveller has completed their centralized quarantine and returned to their residence or accommodation for further observation, they must wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and use the Bluezone contact tracing app which must be active during the seven days of follow-up observation.

Since Vietnam banned the majority of foreigners from entering the country on 22 March 2020, the country has implemented both 14 and 21-day quarantine periods at different times. This latest move to reduce quarantine for those who have been fully vaccinated to just 7 days will be closely monitored by others in the region.

The Vietnamese government have not yet confirmed when the 7-day quarantine will begin.

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Any quarantine is likely going to stop tourists travelling. 14 days or 7 days will make no real difference. I guess it’s a step in the right direction.

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Great for the majority of Japanese salaried people who probably can manage no more than 7 days holiday a year.

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Strange timing. Vietnam is currently shut down. Only people with permits allowed on the streets for essential activities. Everything closed, even the convenience stores. If you went there, you'd have nothing to do.

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Until this is all over and most of the world vaccinated my wife and I will stick to traveling in Japan where it is open to travel freely. Costs more than going overseas but worth it from a hygienic point of view.

Good luck Nam. Beautiful country and people.

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Such travelers are required to present a certificate of a negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP COVID-19 test result, 7-day quarantine followed by a further 7 days of medical surveillance...

Question: How much is this all together for me and my wife?

We have already Pfizer 2 x vaccination + certificate, and this is still not enough?

We decided to wait it out in Japan, we have a nice home and are not in a hurry to travel overseas. We are not willing to spend our money for testing, hotel quarantine and medical surveillance somewhere abroad.

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So a negative PCR test from a vaccinated person is different than a negative PCR from a non vaccinated person? That's very scientific of them.

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Interesting but I feel from now on I want to spend my money in democratic countries.

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@Yohan: Travel around japan. It is fabulous because of these lockdowns and quarantines in other countries. Cost more in general but if you do not have the overseas flights added in, it is well worth it. This country has amazing things to see and eat, and super friendly people.

Safe and clean. Get out there and take advantage of it.

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I am fully vaccinated and will not travel to any country where half or all of my vacation is spent locked up in a hotel.

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I am fully vaccinated and will not travel to any country where half or all of my vacation is spent locked up in a hotel.

Ok? What is the point of this anecdote?

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