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Vietnam’s captivating landscapes, exotic wildlife and street food favourites are just a few reasons why it’s become a popular destination. Here’s what you should know about Vietnam travel insurance so you’re covered for your trip.

Vietnam’s captivating landscapes, exotic wildlife and street food favourites are just a few reasons why it’s become a popular destination. Here’s what you should know about Vietnam travel insurance so you’re covered for your trip.

Josh Daniels
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Posted 01 FEBRUARY 2021

Why do I need travel insurance for Vietnam?

Travel insurance for Vietnam is a must if you want to avoid unexpected costs should you need medical treatment while you’re visiting the country. It’s a good idea to get travel insurance when you book your holiday, so that you have cancellation cover in place. This could allow you to claim back the cost of your holiday if you have to cancel or cut short your trip due to an emergency.

British nationals make over 280,000 visits to Vietnam every year, to experience its breathtaking landscapes and to take part in increasingly popular outdoor activities. A standard travel insurance policy will usually cover low-risk activities, but you may need additional cover for things like canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and scuba diving.

Vietnam is not without crime, so you’ll need to take care of your belongings. Travel insurance can cover the cost of items that are stolen, lost or damaged. You’ll need to consider the cost of your valuables when you take out your policy, to ensure you’re covered for the full price of your belongings. Remember to check the policy’s single article limit – this is the most you can claim for any one item.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 

The travel traffic light system currently states that trips to green and amber listed countries are legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant government.

Please note: from 4am on 4 October 2021, the current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries.

Currently, if your destination of choice is on the green or amber list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you are aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and ensure travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed with short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest information.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to red list countries. Most insurance policies purchased to cover a trip to a destination where the FCDO has instructed citizens not to travel to won’t be valid, however, some insurance providers may offer reduced cover if you’re travelling for essential purposes. Should you have any queries, please check the policy wording, or contact your chosen provider before purchasing, to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

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What level of cover do I need?

Getting the right level of cover will depend on how long you’re going on holiday for and the activities you’ll be doing.

If you’re travelling to Vietnam, you’ll need worldwide travel insurance. A single-trip policy will typically cover you for 30 days, while an annual multi-trip policy usually offers cover for 30 days for each trip you take (but make sure to check the details of your policy). If you’re intending to take more than one trip in a 12-month period, a multi-trip policy can be more cost effective.

If you want to stay longer than 30 days, or if you’re visiting Vietnam as part of an extended trip to several countries, then you may need backpacker insurance.

Any other tips before travelling to Vietnam?

Visa: if you have a British passport, you can visit Vietnam for up to 15 days without a visa (up until 30 June 2021). If you want to stay for up to 30 days, then you’ll have to get an e-visa before entering Vietnam. If you’re planning on staying longer than 30 days, you’ll need to get a visa from the Vietnamese embassy.

Passport: this needs to be valid for at least six months on the date you enter Vietnam. You’ll also need two blank visa pages in your passport. Some airlines may prevent you from boarding if you don’t meet these requirements.

Clothing: Vietnam isn’t typically a conservative country - you’ll be able to wear shorts and flip-flops if you want. However, if you’re visiting temples or religious sites, it’s important you cover up as a sign of respect. This can include covering your shoulders and wearing clothing to the knee. If in doubt, do as the locals do.

Vaccinations: for information on what vaccinations you need, book an appointment with your doctor at least six weeks before you travel. Routine vaccinations include hepatitis A and B, typhoid or tetanus.

Some vaccinations will be free on the NHS and others you might have to pay for. Check with your doctor or nurse whether you also need to get antimalarial tablets.

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