Vietnam Travel Insurance

Familiarize yourself with Travel Guard’s most important travel tips and safety information to make sure you’re prepared for your vacation to Vietnam.

Rich history, delicious food and gorgeous landscapes are some of the most popular reasons tourists visit Vietnam. Whether your itinerary includes the historic temple of literature known as Văn Miếu, exploring the complex Chu Chi Tunnel or sightseeing the islands of Ha Long Bay surrounded by beautiful blue-green waters, Travel Guard can help you plan.

Travel Insurance for Vietnam

Do I need travel insurance to visit Vietnam?

While travel insurance is not mandatory to gain entrance to Vietnam, the U.S. Department of State highly encourages travelers to get medical expense coverage as many U.S. health insurance plans may not cover your international trip. Additionally, hospitals in Vietnam have been known to hold onto passports if patients are unable to pay at the time of their visit. Travel Guard offers a variety of travel insurance plans with features, including medical expense coverage, to help protect your trip to Vietnam.

What is the best travel insurance for Vietnam?

There are a variety of comprehensive travel insurance plans offered by Travel Guard to cover your needs while you’re visiting Vietnam. Our Preferred Plan is a great place to start as it has medical expense coverage, trip delay, baggage coverage and more. However, if you’re looking for additional protection and higher benefit limits for your travel investment, our Deluxe Plan has what you need.

How much is a travel insurance plan for a trip to Vietnam?

On average, a travel insurance plan costs between 5-7% of the total price of your trip. There are multiple factors that come into play when pricing your plan, such as the product you select and the number of travelers in your party, which may increase the cost. For more details on pricing, check out our article on how much travel insurance costs.

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Vietnam Travel Tips and Safety Information


Travel Guard provides excellent travel insurance plan options for travelers to Vietnam. To ensure visitors to Vietnam are as safe and informed as possible, we’ve compiled a few popular questions asked by tourists traveling the country. 

Are there COVID-19 restrictions for U.S. visitors to Vietnam?

For the latest information related to COVID-19 travel requirements for Vietnam, please visit the official U.S. Embassy site

Is Vietnam safe to visit?

Overall, Vietnam is a safe country to visit though petty crime is a concern in crowded areas and larger cities. Travelers should practice normal safety precautions, such as remaining alert and refraining from carrying large amounts of cash. Thieves on motorcycles may also target pedestrians, which poses a safety risk. If you must carry a bag, be sure to hold it on the side of your body furthest away from the street. Be aware, however, that criminals may also slash bags open in crowded locations.

While petty crime is the most prominent concern, aggravated robbery, robberies at ATMs and assaults do occur. Travelers have also been robbed or assaulted after having their food or drinks spiked and should avoid leaving food and drinks unattended.

Flooding and landslides are possible during Vietnam’s rainy season, and typhoons also impact the country. Stay abreast of local weather developments and be aware of the potential for significant disruptions.

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travelers to Switzerland.

All U.S. travelers should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service offered to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the embassy and helps the embassy contact you in an emergency.

What currency is used in Vietnam?

The official currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. Visitors can exchange currency at their preferred bank before leaving the U.S. You may also find a currency kiosk at the airport before and after your arrival, or you can visit a bank in most major cities. While most major debit and credit cards are accepted, you’ll want to inform your bank of your travels to avoid unwanted interruption. If planning on visiting local markets, you may want to carry a small amount of cash in case cards are not accepted. 

What language is spoken in Vietnam?

The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese; however, English is becoming a popular second language across the country. You may also find French, Chinese and Khmer spoken throughout Vietnam. If you are not fluent in Vietnamese, you may want to bring a translator that works without Wi-Fi to best avoid miscommunication as finding another English speaker is not guaranteed.

Do I need a visa or passport to travel to Vietnam?

Visas are required for U.S. citizens who are traveling to Vietnam as well as a passport valid for six months past the date of your arrival as well as one blank page in your passport.

For the most up-to-date information regarding visas and passports for travel to Vietnam, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Vietnam country information page.

How do I contact the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam?

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam is in Hanoi. Visit the official U.S Embassy government website for a list of up-to-date phone numbers and addresses.

What is the weather like in Vietnam? 

Vietnam’s northern and southern region vary slightly in climate. The northern region of the country experiences four seasons. The months of May through October are hotter and more humid, with more rainfall than the rest of the year.

Vietnam’s southern region has a tropical climate, meaning it’s hotter than its northern counterpart and only experiences rainy and dry seasons. The dry heat lasts from November to April, while the humidity and rainfall is more prominent in the months of May to October with June through August experiencing the most rain.

When is the best time of year to visit Vietnam?

The best time of year to visit Vietnam will depend on the activities you’d like to experience on your vacation, as there are popular events celebrated all year in the country. Winter is a great time to visit if you’d like to experience the Lunar New Year celebrations with vibrant displays and fireworks or learn more about Vietnamese culture with Oóc Om Bóc, a festival that features singing, dancing and eating as a way thank you to the moon god for the year’s harvest.

One of the most popular events celebrated in Vietnam is the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is known for its lanterns, lion dances and moon cakes and is typically celebrated between September and October. 

What is the dial code for phoning to and from Vietnam?

Vietnam’s dial code is +84 and can be used to connect to cellphones and landlines in the country. If calling from the U.S., remember to use the exit code of +11 and follow it with the area code of the city or town you’re trying to reach. Be sure to contact your phone company before your travels to know the cost estimates of international calls and to let them know of your plans to best avoid unwanted interruption on your trip. 

What kind of power adapter do I need for my electronics?

Vietnam’s voltage is between the 110-240V range, which means it’s possible to use some of your electronics as normal. However, because it is not a guarantee that your lodging will have compatible outlets, a universal adaptor will be your safest best for your travels. 

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Other Vietnam FAQs

Can I travel Vietnam by train?

Vietnam has a vast rail system, which makes it a great option for tourists looking for adventure as this way of travel makes it easier to see more of the country and meet other travelers. However, the sleeper trains in Vietnam do not have a privacy screen, which may be uncomfortable for some travelers. While traveling by train is faster than bus or on-road travel, and a cheaper alternative to flying, it is not the most common way for tourists to travel in Vietnam.

Is it easy to visit Vietnam with a baby?

Traveling to Vietnam with a baby is common with some resorts and hotels offering babysitting services to allow parents to have a meal on their own. However, if you’d prefer to do activities with your baby, keep in mind the streets may be too busy for a stroller, so a baby carrier or backpack is ideal.

Travel Guard offers comprehensive and customizable travel insurance plans for travelers heading to Vietnam. With excellent coverage and specialized emergency travel assistance representatives ready to help you at any time, Travel Guard is there for you. Compare our popular plans and find the best one for you!

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