If you’re travelling to Vietnam, take out travel insurance that protects your trip and covers all activities on your agenda.
Most policies will cover:
For the most up to date information about getting medical care in Vietnam’s rural and city hospitals and medical facilities, check the gov.uk website.
There’s a risk of Dengue fever and Zika virus, so pack mosquito repellent in your hand luggage.
Take out travel insurance that covers your medical care and declare all pre-existing medical conditions to your insurance provider. If you don’t, and the condition flares up while you’re away, you won't be covered for it.
Make sure your medical expenses include repatriation costs - you're a long way from home.
Adventurous activities will usually need additional cover. The riskier the sport, the less likely your insurer is to cover it.
For those planning a cycling holiday to Vietnam, we checked Defaqto on 1 August 2019 and 96% of 1,136 annual travel insurance policies covered cycling.
British passport holders visiting Vietnam can stay for 15 days without a visa. If you’re staying for between 15 and 30 days, then you’ll need to get an e-visa online. For anything longer, you'll need to visit the Vietnamese embassy before you travel
Read the FCO’s advice about riding a motorbike in Vietnam, and the associated crimes.
Lawfully, you must have:
If you don’t observe Vietnamese laws and are involved a traffic accident, you may not be able to claim for any legal, compensation or medical expenses you incur.
Travel insurance policies usually include some form of cover for cancellation and curtailment, or trip abandonment.
Your travel insurance policy may have personal accident and medical expenses cover following a terrorist incident.
Read your policy and check the FCO website for dangerous location alerts before you travel.
Travel insurance policies often cover you if your money or cards are lost, stolen or damaged - as long as you didn't leave the money unattended, or not locked away somewhere safe.
Some insurers exclude cash though, and the amount you can claim varies between policies.
You should only use official exchange counters to get Vietnam Dong (VND). It’s illegal to exchange cash elsewhere, and there may be a high, artificial rate, meaning you’ll lose money in the exchange
Read the NHS Fit for Travel website to decide if you need the additional Hepatitis A, B, Rabies and Typhoid jabs
Check that your passport is going to be valid for at least six months from the date you plan to land in Vietnam. Read up on passport cover too
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon season which sees localised flooding, flash floods and landslides. Read your policy to see what you’re covered for if you need to leave Vietnam early following bad weather
Last checked 1 August 2019