LATEST TRAVEL UPDATES AND ADVICE FOR VIETNAM

Updated: 15th March 2020

Travel Alerts

The FCO now advises against all essential travel due to the high risk of quarantine for British nationals arriving in country.

We have suspended our tours of Vietnam until 31 March and will be in touch with future travellers shortly.

All travellers up to 31 May: you now have the option to defer your holiday and we will credit your file with 110% of monies paid. You can then use this credit to travel on another holiday to any of our destinations before 31 December 2021.



The Vietnamese Government are taking extensive steps to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These include the following:

- On 13 March 2020 the Vietnam Department of Immigration announced that from 12pm Vietnam time on 15 March 2020 foreign nationals will be refused entry to Vietnam, if in the previous 14 days they have been to the UK, or any Schengen country, even in transit. This restriction will be in place for 30 days - until 14 April 2020. A letter has been sent to all travellers affected, should you require further information please contact us.

- All travellers will be required to complete a mandatory health declaration on arrival to the country.

- There are a number of temporary site closures, as detailed below.

Temporary site closures

We have received notification that the following sites have been temporarily closed. We have suspended all touring in March and we will be closely monitoring the situation for April and will update future travellers if these sites remain closed.

1. The Halong Bay - the area is closed until 26 March and no cruises are operating.

2. Hoi An – the following sites are temporarily closed in the Old Town - Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall and 200-year-old Tam Ky house.

3. Tra Que Village – still open for visitors to observe farming practices and a cooking demonstrations, but it will not be an interactive farming experience.

4. Hanoi - Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison – temporarily closed. We visit these sites on our optional Backstreets of Hanoi add-on. If you have booked this add-on and the sites are still closed when you travel, we will refund the cost of this optional excursion.

5. Cai Be- Cai Be in the Mekong Delta is temporarily closed to visitors.

6. Hue - Tourists sites in Hue are temporarily closed

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is an outbreak of Coronavirus in Vietnam, including instances of in-country transmission. It may cause more severe symptoms in older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Our Tours
On all our tours to Vietnam we are providing sanitizing gel. Guides are reminding guests to sanitize frequently. We are not providing surgical masks as surgical masks will not protect against the virus.

Should at any point the FCO change their level of advice to 'Do Not Travel' all of our holidays to Vietnam would be cancelled. Travellers will then be offered the choice of travelling to Vietnam at a later date, travelling to another destination or full refund.

Prevention
The advice from the World Health Organization for the public is as follows:

1. Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

2. Maintain social distancing Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

4. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory