Procedures for overseas Vietnamese returning to Ho Chi Minh City to welcome Tet

Wednesday, 12/01/2022 11:37
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has issued guidance for foreigners entering the city, in light of the demand to return home to welcome the Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) among Vietnamese people living and working in foreign countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic developing complicatedly, said Mr. Nguyen Huu Hung, Deputy Director of HCMC Department of Health.

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Accordingly, the guidance is issued under the decision of the Government allowing the city to receive commercial flights and citizens from foreign countries to Vietnam to welcome Tet from January 1, 2022.

According to the guidance, passengers arriving in HCMC need to have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours, issued by the competent authority of the host country. In addition, passengers need to make a medical declaration, and a confirmation of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. For those who have been infected with COVID-19, they need to have a certificate of recovery.

In the face of unpredictable developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city leaders have requested strict compliance with regulations, to absolutely not be caught off guard.

Moreover, agencies and units need to uphold the responsibility of the leader, be ready to respond to the pandemic, and not be unexpectedly passive. It is necessary to limit gatherings of people, and ensure the requirements of pandemic prevention.


Five steps need to be implemented when entering HCMC:

Step 1: Upon landing at the airport, passengers must install the PC-COVID application to generate "Personal QR Code".

Step 2: After entry, passengers are screened for SARS-CoV-2 as soon as they arrive at the airport and receive quick test results on the spot. If the test result is positive, the passenger will have to take a sample for RT-PCR test and move to field hospital No.12 for isolation and treatment. Passengers with negative results will be guided to conduct procedures to leave the airport and move to the pre-registered accommodation.

Step 3: During the process of moving to their accommodation, passengers must strictly comply with 5K regulations.

Step 4: During the isolation process, the passengers must monitor their health and make a medical declaration every day.

Step 5: There are two cases. Those who have been fully vaccinated, when returning home, only have to monitor their health at home for 3 days. Those who have not been vaccinated, or are only partially vaccinated, must be isolated at home for 7 days; local authorities will do tests on the 3rd and 7th day.