Vietnam travel advice: vaccinations, hospitals and insurance

Before leaving for Vietnam, it is important that you check with your doctors on required vaccination and recommended medicine that you should bring with you on the trip. This is the key Vietnam travel advice from us to any visitors to Vietnam.


Vietnam travel advice: what vaccinations are required?


Before leaving for Vietnam, it is a good idea to ensure you are up to date with all the common childhood vaccinations before visiting Vietnam (you may even need a booster). This includes immunisations for Tetanus and Diphtheria, Whooping cough (Pertussis), Hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).


Other vaccinations you should discuss with your doctors including:
• Hepatitis A / Hepatitis B
• Typhoid
• Japanese encephalitis
• Rabies
• Tetanus / diphtheria
• Yellow fever


Please note that this is not an extensive list and you should still consult a specialist for up-to-date requirements.


As vaccination might take some time, we recommend you to consult with your doctors about vaccination as soon as you are start planning your trip to Vietnam.


What medicine to bring with you to Vietnam?


Make sure you update your first aid kits for travelling and include saline cleaning water, antiseptic cream, bandage, medicine to control fever such as paracetamol, and to combat traveller’s diarrhoea.


Bring with you strong insect repellence and alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Also do not forget to bring sunscreen with you.


Vietnam travel advice: other safety recommendations


Water: drink only bottled water. Do not drink water out of the tap.
Food: make sure you eat cooked food, avoid eating fresh salad if you can.


Clean hands: Clean your hands regularly with water and soap, especially before eating and drinking


Avoid mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved tops and pants if possible, and sleep in well screen rooms with nets on the windows.


Travel Insurance


Visitors to Vietnam are strongly advised to take out appropriated travel insurance before entering Vietnam. Travel insurance should include appropriate medical insurance before entering Vietnam as there is no free medical treatment available for visitors.


Alternatively, insurance can be purchased in-country from Vietnam Insurance Corporation (Bao Viet) which offers limited travel insurance service to foreigners travelling or residing in Vietnam. Make sure you read their policies carefully to ensure it covers you in case of emergency. Bao Viet has offices in major cities of Vietnam including Hochiminh City, Hanoi and Da Nang.



Vietnam Hospitals


Let’s hope you will not need to venture into a hospital while you are in Vietnam, however, if you have an accident, there are a few medical clinics oriented towards services required by foreigners and which are staffed by foreign medical personnel. However, expect the costs of treatment to be quite expensive so make sure you have your travel insurance sorted.


However, most of the international health providers for foreigners are based in larger cities. If you need to go to a hospital in the rural areas and smaller towns, you will need to pay a visit to the local hospital. Local hotels or police stations should be able to provide details of emergency medical facilities in provincial areas. The standards of local hospitals are not high as in larger cities and you will be expected to pay cash for local hospital services.


Australia Embassy in Vietnam has a list of recommended medical facilities on the website, link here. We recommend you to print this list and include it in your travel package in case of emergency.