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Saigon feels like the country side right now
Hi, Do I need a PCR test for domestic flights? Danang - Hanoi?
sybtokbawmajsf I suspect no, theyโ€™re more into extremes, fly or not fly, than testing
There was no pcr test flying between phu quoc n saigon until they closed the airport last week.

Though you could read 20 posts on fb saying there was (government shills / idiots / liars).
Bye Bye Vietnam is a good fb group for this question
whereโ€™s good in mexico these days? looking at Merida, Oaxaca City amongst others.
Word is phu quoc is entering delivery-only lockdown tomorrow ffs
In case youโ€™d like to register to get vaccinated in VN, hereโ€™s the info โ€ฆ
hello, iโ€™m in danang airport flying to hanoi. they required pcr test
i madr one yesterday all good
smart move. who requires the pcr, the airline or the security?
asking because itโ€™s likely I will have to hire a car from dalat to hcmc before leaving country and would like to know whose policy to follow
i just heard from host that saigon airport is doing pcr tests now
qynshymo someone posted yesterday that theyโ€™re only doing rapid antibody tests at the airport right now; havenโ€™t started PCR tests yet
thanks for the clarification
they asking when you do a check in on the flight
God dammit! ๐Ÿ˜ 
No issues exiting HCMC airport this morning. I arrived at 5:00 am and was through check-in, immigration, and security by 5:17. Check-in required seeing my negative PCR results and completed Attestation form (required for US entry), immigration asked no questions and stamped me through (my current tourist visa extension is good until July 18), and a man just after the security check asked me how much cash I was carrying in VND and USD. Bulk of the terminal looks like an abandoned mall โ€“ dark, empty, and no air con. One airport lounge is operating, one person per table, with some food and drinks available and air con. Good place to wait until boarding. (Iโ€™m flying business class and they gave me a free pass.)

Transit through Narita was similar to what Iโ€™ve seen described in the Facebook groups. Escorted as a group through the terminal until we got to security. Had to clear security again (so donโ€™t bother bringing any leftover drinks from your first flight). Was disappointed that the line for security was not social distanced, but at least the ventilation seemed pretty good. Everything except duty free type shops is closed, but air con throughout. Rest rooms were open near the gate. At the entrance to the gate lounge, passport and boarding pass were checked and my Attestation form was collected.

About 10 hours until Iโ€™m in San Diego.
Thanks for sharing. Good luck!
No idea. Going to go there in September. Checking out el salvador before than.
That '
zoajxpavecriqdrx you bet and thanks
Which airline did you fly UE01HMDPT?
Vietnam Airlines caterers (Flying Chefs) is delivering food in Saigon.
e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/phu-quoc-moves-closer-to-trialing-vaccine-passports-4308371.htmlbr />
> only be allowed to stay in sequestered resorts and tourist areas approved by it.
It does not look ideal for nomad work...
Its not ideal for remote work even without that
I work at home or the one cafe I can stand
And now itโ€™s back in lockdown, home only
Any dreams of Vietnam opening this year are delusional anyway
Found 0 places to work from in Phu Quoc
they have a casino called corona casino in phu quoc, talk about crappy name ๐Ÿ˜‚
vllwurqtyjpzhps Japan Airlines on an American Airlines codes share
Home is a place
Roll the dice and they inject you with something
๐Ÿ‘‹ Hi all!
I'd like to move to Vietnam for a longer time (~ 1 year). Can anybody recommend good resources to learn what needs to be done in terms of legal stuff and paperwork? Or even services that can help with such things.
Also does anybody have experience with 5-year visa?
Also fwiw the only people I know with a 5-year visa are on a marriage visa, business and teachers/workers get some kind of 1-year renewable, expert visas are a thing but I don't know much about it, most nomads are here on a tourist visas paying $120+ (atm) to renew every month, or are rocking the free extension afforded to specific tourists that arrived after March 2020 but before the border was closed.

TL;DR Vietnam is probably not letting you in and currently I have no idea why you'd want to be in.
U0J4CRAPMbr />Thanks a lot for replying!

Yes, I know the situation in Vietnam is getting worse, but people are always somehow managing to travel anyway. I've heard that they paused tourist and business visa, but they still allow entry on 5-year visa, if I'm correct.

I'm not planning to go if there's gonna be lockdown. But I wanted to start the research early to see the options and what needs to be done. And I'm more optimistic and think the situation's gonna get better earlier than 2023.

I'm sure some details might change, but the basics around the visa types and setting up the business will probably stay the same.

I've already looked up some basics on 5-year visa, so I'm fine with it being tied to marriage visa. What I'm looking for is more information on how is it with working as a DN on this visa. Since I've heard that they started to be more strict with people working on tourist and business visa.
I donโ€™t know of a 5-year visa that applies to anyone other than spouse or children of Vietnamese, and the border is closed, they havenโ€™t issued new visas since March 2020, any foreigners entering between then and now are using company sponsorship/expert visas.

Aside from the above, working as a DN hasnโ€™t changed much visa wise, grey area, the strictness youโ€™re probably referring to is them ending the availability of tourist visa extensions to those โ€œtrapped hereโ€ by the pandemic, and the ejection of those on phoney shell company business visas.

The visa types could well change, seems unlikely theyโ€™ll suddenly reactivate all visas, theyโ€™re going to make new vaccine-specific ones and open certain places only, slowly, and not soon.
mahbvqjq I would recommend to hire a local VN lawyer for your options.
U0J4CRAPMbr />Thank you for this info. Really appreciate it.
I'm familiar with conditions for 5-year visa and it applies to me.

Yes, you're correct. I was reading this article (sorry, I don't have enough karma to post link) and was wondering weather the stricter conditions might also impact somebody on 5-year visa. And wanted to hear from people who are there if they actually started to face some problems working remotely on not-for-work visa. Thanks for clarifying.

Are you still there right now?
lxixzehwauqnkf Thank you for advice! I wanted to first check on my own what are the options and whether I might need a layer at all and for what purpose. You know how it is - when you ask a layer if you need them they always tell you that you do ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Yeah for now Iโ€™m still here but probably not for more than 2 months or so visa/travel permitting
nvm โ€ฆ answered
bye bye vietnam
Shits getting serious
No going out unless you need to get food or medical
does running count as medical? ๐Ÿ˜…
You can run to the pharmacy and back ๐Ÿ˜„
omg reading that news it's like 2020 all over again ๐Ÿ˜ฐ
Who else is escaping to Thailand? Phuket and Samui sandbox are open
qslvlmsije Thereโ€™s no vaccination in VN yet for foreigners. So the sandbox is out of the question for now.
lots of foreigners have been vaccinated in Vietnam; mostly teachers tho
qugswqjx we can register now, whatever that means
Duong Dong (the main strip in Phu Quoc) now has police barricades at either end, no leaving the main strip
Ya I saw that. But I donโ€™t have any hopes based on priorities.
yeah I fall into the lowest priority category, imagine you do too
Ya just above cockroaches
Is the sensor broken lol
Are you in a vacuum
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I'm hoping the hive mind can help me out:

So here is my dilemma. I'm flying out of Vietnam from Hanoi on Friday the 6th August. My flight leaves midday on the Friday. I'm in Da Nang.

I just booked a flight from Da Nang to Hanoi flying the day before. I land in Hanoi at 5PM on the Thursday. There are limited flights so this is the safe option.

Ideally I'd like to go to a hotel for the night so I can get to the airport early the next day but have no idea what the situation is regarding quarantining. I'm thinking I may have to just stay in the airport from 5PM until I leave at 12:00PM the next day which would be shit.

Do any of you know anyone who had the same dilemma recently, or know what my options are at this point?
vqxqioxesuhqrorn I don't know about Hanoi, but apparently you need to quarantine even when visiting Hoi An these days.
gtkgelghklljljbh common sense would be to book a flight the same day as your exit flight but dunno if there are flights
oomjcvauvtvqgbal Thatโ€™s still over a week from now. My guess is that you have to quarantine though. Iโ€™d just ask one of the expat groups 2 days before the flight.
etqzeoxtdbxxodjs Also worth checking if that 5PM flight is reliable.
Anyone left in Da Nang?
grdcfkcizjz where's the math lady?! haven't seen her in a while ๐Ÿ˜„
Do you miss the Australian yogurt yet?
ghptdodd you gotta come up with something very complicated
ozmokjmg I found a better one! From Big Bear Kitchen, who also happens to have the best granola. Yogurt + granola = chefโ€™s kiss emoji that I canโ€™t find.

Also I saw that Aussie yogurt here yesterday
I'm excited a % of the Vietnam chat is now in my vicinity in Samui
excited about what food zalerjuuwabfeo and afottkgwhfo eating
It will still be sent in this channel because this is the food channel
agrid
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qvjmahqeoqpprjo howโ€™s life in HCMC lockdown?
hoclmovmjis it's so quiet.
Vietnam is quiet? What a miracle ๐Ÿ˜‚
Quiet is so nice. I thought I was in the middle of nowhere... Anyways, I would like to go for a walk. I've gotten groceries delivered. Today I got a coffee bean resupply. 1.5kg of coffee beans.
We have 6pm to 6am curfew.
Phu Quoc has the curfew too starting tomorrow
This country is party central
No flights and too risky to fly the same day. Tons of flights are being cancelled.
I booked it on purpose since its the most reliable at the moment.
Iโ€™d go even earlier at 3pm ๐Ÿคฃ
I have a friend who flew from Da Nang to Hanoi a few days ago. By the time the 6th rolls around, this information might be out of date!

โ€ข Book at Paragon Hotel Noi Bai, which is right next to the airport
โ€ข They will send a driver to pick you up from the airport
โ€ข If youโ€™re in a Directive 16 area, you should consult someone else (like the CDC) regarding quarantining.
โ€ข Blue Ocean Travel comes recommended as a travel agent if you want extra support
Good luck! I was planning on flying the same day as my flight too, but with so many flights being cancelled Iโ€™m leaning towards flying the day before
Thanks jazeadbw this is helpful.

I will land in Hanoi around 16 hours before checkin time so worst case, I stay at the airport. If I can confirm that there won't be issues, I'll take the hotel option.

When are you leaving and where are you heading?
Photoshop! Fake news! ๐Ÿ˜
28 Days Later vibes ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Didnโ€™t know I can enter Mexico on a US passport. Iโ€™ll look into it.
you get 6 months on arrival
The only sounds I hear now are sirens ๐Ÿšจ
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