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

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: please check the latest government travel advice that sets out what you need to do, if anything, before you travel abroad and before you return home. You should also check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. Travel rules can change at short notice, so check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest information.

Josh Daniels
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Last Updated 11 MARCH 2022

Do I need travel insurance for Vietnam? 

Travel insurance for Vietnam is a must if you find yourself needing medical treatment while visiting the country. Healthcare within Vietnam varies, and in certain cases, you may need to be evacuated to another country for treatment. It’s vital to have travel insurance in place to cover this.

Most visits to Vietnam are trouble-free, but it isn’t without crime. Travel insurance can cover the cost of replacing anything that’s stolen, lost or damaged. And it can prevent you from being out of pocket if your trip has to be cancelled or is cut short.

How much is travel insurance for Vietnam? 

How much you pay for Vietnam travel insurance will depend on a few factors, including your medical history, how much cover you need and how long you’re going for. 

As it’s a far-flung destination, you’ll need worldwide travel insurance, rather than European travel insurance, which could mean paying a bit more.

If you’re visiting Vietnam as part of a long trip, backpacker insurance could give you the cover you need.

What will Vietnam travel insurance cover? 

You should look for travel insurance to cover you for the following: 

  • Medical care – the costs of any emergency surgery or medical treatment you might need to undergo while you’re away, as well as the cost of repatriation or evacuation, if necessary.
  • Flight cancellations – it’s good to know you have cover if your flight is cancelled or delayed. Different policies have different exclusions, so you’ll need to check exactly what your insurance covers.
  • Loss, damage or theft – you’ll want to make sure your luggage, tech and other belongings are covered for the duration of your trip. Don’t forget to check your policy’s single item limit – this is the most you can claim for one item.
  • Coronavirus cover – this can give you cover if your trip is disrupted by COVID-19. When you get a travel insurance quote with us it’s easy to compare levels of COVID-19 cover. Just use the ‘more details’ option on the quote results page.
  • Holiday cancellation cover – it’s a good idea to get this in place as soon as you book. That way you’ll be covered if you find yourself having to cancel your trip.

What won’t Vietnam travel insurance cover? 

There are a few eventualities a standard travel insurance policy is unlikely to cover, including: 

  • Pre-existing conditions – if you’re visiting Vietnam with pre-existing medical conditions, you may need to look into specialist insurance. You might have to pay extra to make sure you’re adequately covered for your trip. And make sure you declare any pre-existing conditions to your provider when you buy your policy to see what’s covered.
  • Drugs or alcohol – if you’re injured or your belongings are damaged or stolen while you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may find your insurance provider won’t pay out.
  • Natural disasters – Vietnam’s long coastline makes it prone to storms and flooding. While it’s unlikely that extreme weather will affect your trip, it’s worth knowing that you may not be covered if it does.
  • Terrorism – Vietnam doesn’t have a history of terrorist attacks, but it still pays to be vigilant. Although your travel insurance will cover the cost of any medical care you might need following an attack, it won’t cover much else.

What else should I consider when I choose my travel insurance? 

When picking your cover, it’s important to think about what kind of activities you’ll be doing during your trip. A standard travel insurance policy usually covers low-risk activities, but you may need additional cover for sports such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and scuba diving.

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 check your policy details). If you’re planning more than one trip in a 12-month period, a multi-trip policy is usually more cost-effective.

Do I need a visa? 

Yes, you’ll need a tourist visa to visit Vietnam. You can get this either by post, email or in person at the embassy. 

You’ll find more details about the entry requirements for Vietnam on the GOV.UK website, including rules on COVID-19 vaccines and testing.


Any other tips for travel to Vietnam?

Medicines – if you’re travelling with prescription medicine, it’s important to check that it meets Vietnam’s strict regulations. For details, visit the GOV.UK website.

Passport – this needs to be valid for at least six months from the date you enter Vietnam. You also need to make sure your passport is in good condition or you could be refused entry.

Clothing – Vietnam isn’t typically a conservative country – you can wear shorts and flip-flops if you want. However, if you’re visiting temples or religious sites, it’s important to 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 – to find out 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, while others you might have to pay for. Check with your doctor or nurse whether you also need antimalarial tablets.

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