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Are places closing in Vietnam due to Coronovirus?

21 days ago

We are planning to visit Vietnam in the next 2 weeks stopping in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Nha Trang and Ho Ci Minh City - are these places running as usual? The hotel we booked in Danang has cancelled our booking and we have read some Halong Bay cruises are getting cancelled. Should we avoid Vietnam altogether?

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Bangladesh
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21 days ago

I am coming to Hanoi on 13th March morning from Bangladesh via Thailand and all hotels and cruise, day trips are booked in advance. I am worried about my trip?

Canada
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19 days ago

i am traveling now and everything is shutting down in front and behind. It is getting difficult to get accomodations and many restaurants are not accepting foreigners..i left the south a few weeks ago..it might be easier in the south... saigon and the delta and phu Quoc... but Hoi An north to China border i getting very difficult...

United Kingdom
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19 days ago

Thanks for your useful comments. We are due to travel there on Wednesday .

United Kingdom
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19 days ago

Hi Karen, I was due to travel on 27th to Hanoi from UK but I can not get a visa to get there: not sure where you are travelling from?

Currently Ha Long Bay and Hoi An old town are closed to tours until March 26th. This may extended.
Pedestrian areas in Hue and Hanoi are also closed.

United Kingdom
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19 days ago

Thanks. We are travelling from London to HCMC in to Siem Reip in Cambodia but then back in to Vietnam for another 8 days staying in Ho Chi Min, Hanoi and then Hoi Ann. We were advised by our travel company on Monday to apply for e visas which I did. My husbands has been granted but nothing for me yet. The travel company are saying we can pay ‘up to’ £250 each to postpone the trip but we must give a new date for travel. I think I’ll wait a few more days and see what happens. If Halong is closed then we can’t get our cruise which is part of the package!

United Kingdom
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15 days ago

I see quite a few problems with your plans. I am not trying to tell you what to do but we were due to travel next Tuesday and our tour package was cancelled - and that is important.
You need to read the FCO statement on travel to Vietnam - it advises against "all but essential travel" to Vietnam. This statement has important significance. For a start it means that if you travel in the face of this advisory your travel insurance will not be valid.
It also means that your tour operator -assuming they are a UK tour operator working under the Package Travel Regulations - have to offer you either a date reschedule, an alternative package or a full refund. Read the Martin Lewis stuff on this.
On a practical level my information has been that the vast majority of tourist areas and historic sites in Hanoi HCMC Hue Hoi An are closed.
The Vietnam authorities are refusing entry to all arrivals from the Schengen zone and UK and Vietnam Airlines have suspended all flights from London and other EU cities so I don't understand how you plan to get there.
While Cambodia seems less restricted internally it has closed its borders with Vietnam and Vietnam has done the same with Cambodia - as I understand it-so I don't see how you would be able to go from one to the other.
This all happened on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th so forgive me if you know all this stuff.

United Kingdom
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15 days ago

Hanoi- all touristic sites, temples, lots of restaurants and quite a few hostels are shut. We were there from 12th -16th March and were left feeling disappointed.
We were advised by the hostel receptionist to head south of Vietnam, as Sapa and Ninh Binh and a few of the other places we had planned to see had closed, and were on lockdown. We moved to Nha trang- which I can only describe to be a mini Blackpool.
We have friends in Ho Chi Min City who said they are closing a lot of the area too and she said it would be better to get out of Vietnam before it does eventually go on complete lockdown.