Asia Travel Vaccines and Advice
If visiting Indochina, make a stop in Vietnam. This enticing country continues to attract tourists with its wild natural landscapes, historical temples and imperial cities. For a dreamy boat ride amongst beautiful bays and beaches, take a tour to Halong Bay. Hoi An is a pretty lantern town on the coast, perfect for exploring on bike. The seaside resort Nha Trang is an ideal location for surfers, also offering ancient remains from the Cham dynasty. Lovers of history will be inspired by the Sanctuary of My Son with ancient red brick temples and buildings from the French colonial period. Vietnam also hosts plenty of festivals, which are perfect for entertaining yourself and for tasting local dishes.
|Traveler’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids (blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Mosquito bites|
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Vietnam
|Azithromycin/Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
|Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine||Recommended anti-malaria medication|
Medical Care in Vietnam
Vietnam does not provide adequate sanitary conditions. Medical equipment remains unreliable, and the country is also experiencing a shortage of health facilities and medication. Treatment provided in centres is only adequate for common medical illnesses. If you need to be hospitalized, you should visit the Hanoi Clinic or the International SOS which are frequented by foreign visitors.
Pharmacies in Vietnam provide drugs imported from France, India and China. However, be aware that some of the medication supplied in markets are counterfeits and should be avoided.
You can dial 115 for an ambulance, but the response time is lengthy and paramedics can be poorly trained. Using a taxi or private car to travel to the nearest hospital is a better option. In the event of more serious health problems, you will be medically evacuated by plane to Singapore or Thailand.
Is Vietnam Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Credit card fraud||Risk present|
|Scams||Risk present in gambling games|
|Road safety||Caution required|
|Health||Zika virus and Dengue fever warning|
|Risk level||High degree of caution|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Vietnam?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Vietnam. The passport must be valid for at least one month after your visa’s expiration date.
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Embassy of Canada to Vietnam information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian Embassy to Vietnam (HANOI)
31 Hung Vuong Street,
Tel.: 84 (4) 3734-5000
Fax: 84 (4) 3734-5049
Canadian Consulate General to Vietnam (HO CHI MINH CITY)
9th Floor, The Metropolitan, 235 Dong Khoi Street,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel.: 84 (8) 3827-9899
Fax: 84 (8) 3827-9936