COVID-19 Update: Quarantined Hotels
and Visa Policy Changes in Vietnam
March  9, 2020

Dear Travel Partners,

With the emergence of new cases of COVID-19 in Vietnam and across the globe, the travel and hospitality industry has been significantly affected. The Vietnamese government has been proactive in implementing policies and issuing advisories to prevent further spread of coronavirus. To keep you fully informed and aware of the situation on ground, we have collated all relevant information as of March 9, 2020.

New COVID-19 Cases
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported new cases of COVID-19 in Hanoi, tracing back to an infected person who flew from London to Hanoi on 02 March 2020. This brings the number of confirmed infections in the country to 30. Sixteen (16) of the patients have already recovered and been discharged.
Hotels Under Quarantine

There are a number of hotels now under quarantine. Some wholly quarantined with all guests stuck inside for the next 14 days.
Below is the list of hotels either fully under quarantine or with guests inside under quarantine as at 16:00 Monday, 9 March (local time VN):
Hanoi Sofitel Metropole Old-wing quarantined
Guests who checked in before 5 March are under quarantine
Hanoi La Siesta Trendy Fully quarantined until 21 March
Sapa Topas Ecolodge Fully quarantined until 21 March
Cat Ba Cat Ba Island Resort Fully quarantined until 21 March
Ninh Binh Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Quarantined an area with guests being tested
Hue Moonlight Fully quarantined
Mai Chau Mai Chau Ecolodge Quarantined an area with guests being tested
We do have a number of guests who are affected by these quarantines. Some will be required to stay in the hotels for the next two weeks. These are official government directives and there is little or nothing we can do to influence the decisions.
We are working to find out what support we can provide to affected guests and we will do our best to help.

Tourist Site Closure
Some tourist sites in Hanoi and other popular towns across Vietnam have been closed for everyone's safety. Please see list below:

Museum of Ethnology (10-15 Mar)
Temple of Literature (10-11 Mar)
Ngoc Son Temple (10-11 Mar)
Hoa Lo Prison (10-11 Mar)
Lune Production: AO, The Mist, My Village... (09-15 Mar)

Lan Ha Bay All cruise ships start from Got Station are not allowed to disembark until further notice
Hue Truc Chi Art (09-30 Mar)
Hoi An Lune production: A O, The Mist, My Village… (09-15 Mar)
Truc Chi Art (09-30 Mar)
Quang Ngai Ly Son island stop receiving foreigner tourist from
09 Mar until further notice
Danang/Nha Trang/Dalat/Saigon None

Lan Ha Bay Closure

Please note: Lan Ha Bay is closed and all ships sailing from Lan Ha Bay are suspended temporarily. Our team will contact you for any affected bookings.

Other Quarantines

There are a number of other quarantines put into place to isolate the people who were on the flight on 02 March or next to the people on that flight.

Medical Declaration

The Vietnamese government is requiring anyone entering Vietnam to fill in a medical declaration. Visitors can choose to complete the physical form at any border gates or fill it in online at

Visa Policy Changes

  • Vietnam has suspended visa-free entry for European Union (EU) members and the U.K.
  • Countries outside the EU with more than 500 infection cases or more than 50 cases each day also have their visa exemptions suspended.
  • If a foreigner shows symptoms of COVID-19 infection on arrival, he/she will be denied a visa to enter Vietnam.
As the situation develops, Trails of Indochina continues to monitor government travel and health advisories. We will send further updates when necessary.
Please contact us should you require further information and assistance with your travel plans at


Kind regards,

Trails of Indochin


9 March 2020
19:00 Vietnam Time


Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases, By Johns Hopkins CSSE

The Coronavirus in Asia and ASEAN – Live Updates by Country, Posted by ASEAN Briefing

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