What to know when traveling to Vietnam from Malaysia from April 27, 2022
Make up for lost time and travel to Vietnam.
A country on the cusp of an economic boom, Vietnam has gradually transformed into a tourist paradise in recent years, with attractions ranging from the occasional winter dusting of snow on the rice terraces of Sa Pa town, to animation the metropolises of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, where incessant waves of mopeds swarm around colonial buildings of French architectural influence.
As in other Southeast Asian countries, food forms the fabric of Vietnamese society. Naturally, when you’re here, in addition to visiting icons such as the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, you should seek out all the best places serving staples like banh mi, rolls of spring and filter coffee. Locals love their own cuisine so much that foreign brands ubiquitous elsewhere are struggling to gain a foothold in Vietnam.
For a taste of luxury, tropical Phu Quoc lapped by the gentle waves of the Gulf of Thailand caters to the discerning traveler with a constellation of upscale resorts. As a national marine park, Phu Quoc reopened in November 2021 under a travel bubble program, following Vietnam’s drastic decision to close its borders at the onset of the Covid pandemic. The country has since reopened in March 2022 to international tourism.
If this tropical idyll is on your must-visit list, read how you can get into Vietnam after reopening.
Things to know when traveling from Malaysia to Vietnam from April 27, 2022:
Malaysians can travel to Vietnam without a visa and stay there for up to 30 days. Other nationalities may be granted visa-free entry or must apply for an e-Visa. Click on here to find out if you are eligible.
Since March 15, 2022, Vietnam no longer imposes mandatory quarantine on travelers, vaccinated or not. However, pre-departure testing is still required.
For air travel, upon arrival, anyone aged two and over must present authorities with a negative result. The PCR test must be carried out no later than 72 hours before departure. Also, if you are short on time, a negative rapid test result obtained within 24 hours of departure is acceptable, provided it is certified by trusted authorities in the country of origin.
Toddlers are not required to undergo Covid screenings. No Covid test on arrival will be carried out.
Unlike Malaysia, you must have travel insurance with Covid coverage of at least $10,000.
To further ease entry requirements, Vietnam has removed the requirement for all incoming travelers to submit health declaration forms upon arrival, effective April 27.
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