Keeping safe and healthy during your Vietnam Adventure

by Georgina Matthews, 2/4/2020

Keeping safe and healthy during your Vietnam Adventure

Travelling can sometimes be daunting; here are a couple of tips and tricks to keep your mind at ease:

 

What is Vietnam doing about Coronavirus?

We understand concerns you may have regarding the spread of the Coronavirus. In addition to the precautionary measures you can take (eg. wash your hands regularly, dispose of used tissues, get checked out if you feel unwell etc.), here is what Vietnam is doing to manage the situation:

  • Vietnam has temporarily stopped issuing visas for Chinese tourists as of January 30.
  • Cross-boarder trade between Vietnam and China is discouraged with several border gates in the northern province of Lang Son have been suspended.
  • All flights to and from virus affected areas in China have been suspended as of January 29.
  • Vietnam’s airports have deployed additional personnel to screen passengers and deploy body temperature scanning equipment.
  • Vietnamese government officials have urged those travelling by bus or plane to take precautionary measures such as wearing masks in public places and washing hands frequently.

 

Is it safe to travel to Vietnam during the Coronvirus?

It is perfectly safe to travel in Vietnam, all you need to do is take precautionary measures such as washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, carry disposable masks with you to wear in public spaces (especially if travelling on planes or buses). Wash your fruit before eating it, ensure all your food is well cooked and avoid eating raw meat products.

For more info on the coronavirus head over to the World Health Organization’s website:

 

Do I need travel insurance?

Travelling anywhere without an insurance plan is never a good idea. That is why we highly recommend getting travel insurance before you come to Vietnam.

Not only does an insurance plan help protect you against uncertain financial and health risks, but they also provide you with a peace of mind for you and your loved ones back home on your travelling adventures.

Always double check your insurance plan, particularly before hiring motor vehicles as some insurance plans do not cover this. 

 

What about my visa?

A 30-day Visa-on-arrival is the easiest way to get a visa if you are flying into Vietnam. Simply submit an application online and give it a couple of working days to be approved. Once you fly to Vietnam and show your paperwork at the airport you get your visa 

 

5 tips and tricks for health and safety in Vietnam

  1. Party the smart way
    • The party scene in Vietnam is some of the best (and cheapest) in the world. We all love to have a good time but there are some things you need keep in mind: know your limits, watch your drinks, do not do balloons, try and drink real alcohol and if you are unsure stick to beers, and lastly keep an eye out for your friends. 
  2. Be aware of your surroundings
    • Vietnam is overall a very safe country to travel in; however, incidents such as pick-pocketing do occur. Be discreet with your valuables and keep them close to your body, do not walk home alone at night, do not get on suspicious motorbike taxis at night and don’t forget to check in with friends/family frequently. 
  3. Crossing the road
    • Crossing the street in Vietnam can be very daunting. Our tips are not to hesitate, trust the drivers and if you’re a little nervous, follow a local. You will have it in no time!
  4. Drink that H2O
    • Vietnam is famous for its gorgeous warm weather and exciting things to do. Don’t forget to drink lots of bottled water as you explore and no doubt have the odd crazy night out. All VBH locations offer free water as standard. 
  5. Be wary when booking tours
    • Many hostels, hotels and tour companies offer great tours at reasonable prices. However, there are companies that rip travellers off with expensive, poorly organized excursions. Ask other travellers for personal recommendations and do some research before committing. Sometimes when it’s too good to be true, it is. 


For more info on travelling in Vietnam, check out these blog posts on our website:

Is backpacking in Asia safe?
https://www.vietnambackpackerhostels.com/blog/28/is-backpacking-in-asia-safe

The ultimate guide for not getting food poisoning in Asia
https://www.vietnambackpackerhostels.com/blog/27/the-ultimate-guide-for-not-getting-food-poisoning-in-asia