Australian Consulate-General
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

COVID-19 Information

 

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Last updated 29 November 2021

This page has advice for Australians in Vietnam who are travelling to Australia.

For urgent consular assistance please call:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas; 24 hours a day 7 days a week)

For non-urgent consular assistance please email us: 

Returning to Australia

 

Flights to Australia

Vietnam Airlines

  • Vietnam Airlines are flying
    • Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney on every Thursday and Sunday
    • Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne on every Tuesday
  • Tickets are available for purchase online, by attending a Vietnam Airlines office or through a ticketing agent.

Singapore Airlines

  • Singapore Airlines are flying daily from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore with connections to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
  • Starting 1 November 2021, Singapore Airlines will begin flying quarantine-free For Eligible Passengers Only (FEPO) flights from Singapore to Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Singapore Airlines will operate repatriation flights from Singapore to Darwin on 5, 7, 13, 15, 16 December.
    • These Singapore Airlines flights will go into Darwin, and passengers will be required to quarantine at the Howard Springs facility for 14 days.

    • There will not be an option for passengers to seek an exemption to transfer to another state to home quarantine, even if they have been double vaccinated with an approved or recognised TGA vaccine. 

    • Read more: Entry into Australia (singaporeair.com)

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Cathay Pacific

Quarantine in Australia

From 1 November 2021, NSW and Victoria have introduced modified quarantine arrangements, including home quarantine or no quarantine on arrival, for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Sydney and Melbourne.

States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements.

If your final destination is not in NSW or Victoria, you may still need to undergo quarantine in your home state. Check with the state or territory that you are returning to for their quarantine requirements.

Read more : Travel for vaccinated Australians | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)

FAQs (Vaccination Certificates and Requirements)

Entry into Australia

Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.

Travel restrictions are subject to change in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. You can stay informed with the latest updates by checking this page regularly: Travel restrictions | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)

Read more: COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)

Negative COVID-19 PCR Testing

You must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test when checking in for your flight to Australia (exemptions apply). Rapid antigen tests won’t be accepted. You must be tested within 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure.

  • Get tested at an accredited testing facility. A self-administered COVID-19 test taken at home without supervision is not acceptable. If you or a primary close contact of your travelling group tests positive, you won't be allowed to travel to Australia.
  • You must get tested 72 hours or less before the scheduled departure of your first international flight.
  • You don’t need to be re-tested at transit points unless your airline or transit point requires it.

Some airlines are requiring a negative PCR test 48 hours before your scheduled departure time.

You can find a list of COVID-19 PCR testing locations in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang here: COVID-19 Vietnam Testing Locations (embassy.gov.au)

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Australia Travel Declaration

  • Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure.
  • The Australia Travel Declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, vaccination information, quarantine requirements and your health status.
  • You must complete the Australia Travel Declaration if you’re planning to use a foreign vaccination certificate.

Read more: Department of Home Affairs | COVID-19 and the border: Australia Travel Declaration

South Australia: EntryCheck SA

  • Travellers to South Australia must apply through EntryCheck SA.

Western Australia: G2G Pass

  • Travellers to Western Australia must complete a G2G Pass online.

Victoria: Victorian Permit

  • Travellers to Victoria must apply for a permit to enter Victoria from Service Victoria.

Queensland: Queensland International Arrivals Registration

Information for Australians in Vietnam

Overseas financial assistance

If you’ve been unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions and are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible for interest-free loans to cover living costs while you wait for a flight to Australia and/or to help cover the costs of the flight.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra is administering the loans program. These emergency loans are only available as a last-resort. Applicants will have to meet strict eligibility criteria and must be intending to return to Australia as soon as a flight is available.

Read more: Smartraveller | Overseas Financial Assistance

Government Payments or Other Support

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident returning from overseas, you may be eligible for government payments and other support. Usually a person must be in Australia when they claim. However, your claim may be accepted while you’re overseas if you’ll be eligible when you return to Australia.

Read more: Services Australia | Australians returning from overseas

We understand it can be very overwhelming and confusing as each state/territory has their own restrictions in managing COVID-19. If you are unable to find the information online or need further advice we would recommend contacting the Australian National Coronavirus Hotline+61 2 4018 3422.

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