Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

Many countries are exempt from Vietnam visa requirements and allow for a stay of between 14 and 30 days; this website provides details. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may be able to apply for an e-visa online, but please keep two things in mind: (1) request a “tourist” visa, (2) allow for more than three business days for processing. The cost is $25 USD; apply here.

Do I need health insurance in order to travel to Vietnam?

Yes. Medical or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of $10,000 USD  is required and can be purchased for about $35–$40 USD. The Insure my Trip website provides quotes from up to 20 providers. Insurance policies are purchased online and links to certificates of coverage and ID cards are provided after the policy is purchased. Information on Covid protocols in place for the conference will be provided by the end of July.

What hotels are available near the conference location?

The conference will be held at the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE), located about 7 km from the Quy Nhon. For our conference, ICISE is coordinating reservations at the Seagull Hotel, where 100 rooms are available. Go to the hotel’s Housing page for more details. There are other hotels and lodging options in the area that can be found on sites such as booking.com or hotels.com.

Can I walk from the hotel area in Quy Nhon to ICISE?

The distance between the Seagull Hotel and ICISE is approximately 5.5 km and will take approximately one hour, varying between beachside and roads.

How can I get between the Seagull Hotel and ICISE? Are taxi’s available?

Complimentary shuttle busses will run each day between the Seagull Hotel and ICISE in the morning and in the late afternoon, as well as other times as determined in the conference schedule.

Taxi’s can be hired; it’s best to ask at the hotel or ICISE for assistance. The address to provide to taxi drivers for ICISE will be provided on the conference website. The cost of one-way trip is around 120,000 VND (~$5 USD) and takes around ten minutes

What is the Vietnamese currency? 

The official currency in Vietnam is the Vietnam đồng, symbolized by ₫ or VND. Vietnamese notes are a mix of small paper bills (no coins are used), and larger polymer bills, in values from 10,000 VND to 500,000 VND.

What are the local prices?

Sidewalk coffee – 25,000 VND (~$1 USD)
Street food meal with ice tea – 45,000 VND (~$2 USD)
Cappuccino in a cafe – 55,000 VND (~$2.50 USD)
Three-course restaurant meal – 450,000 VND/person (~$20 USD/person)
Inner city taxi – 35,000 to 100,000 VND (~$1.50 to $4.00 USD)
60-minute foot massage at local spa – 350,000 VND (~$15 USD)
Budget hostel – 300,000 VND/night (~$13 USD/night)
Mid-range hotel – 700,000 VND/night (~$30 USD/night)
Luxury hotel – 3.5 million VND/night (~$150 USD/night)

Should I plan to carry cash? Where can I find an ATM?

Upon arriving in Vietnam, you’ll want to have some cash in the local currency, as cash is used for taxies and most purchases at restaurants or shops. International cards such as Visa are accepted at more than 20,000 ATMs nationwide. You can find ATMs accepting international cards just outside the arrival gates at all major airports. ATMs are also common in Vietnamese cities, and you should have no trouble locating one in most destinations. If you need help finding the nearest ATM, just ask your hotel. A maximum of 2,000,000 VND (~$85 USD) is possible for each withdrawal. Daily limits depend on the holder’s card. If one ATM does not process your transaction, try one managed by a different bank.

NOTE. The Phu Cat airport (serving Quy Nhon) does not have an ATM. It’s possible to withdraw cash at ATM or the currency exchange booths at Hanoï (Noi Baï) or Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat) airports.

What credit cards are accepted in Quy Nhon?

Visa and Mastercard are accepted, but rarely American Express. However, cash is used for taxies and most purchases at restaurants or shops.

How do I get to Quy Nhon?

The best way to get to Quy Nhon is to fly to either the Hanoï (Noi Baï) or Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat) airport and then take a connecting flight to the Phu Cat airport and then a taxi or shuttle to Quy Nhon.

Cities with direct flights to Hanoï airport (No Bai Airport, HAN): Beijing, Busan, Dubaï, Doha, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong-Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Moscow, Paris, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita

Cities with direct flights to Ho Chi Minh Airport airport (Tân Sơn Nhất airport, SGN): Beijing, Busan, Dubaï, Doha, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong-Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita

Taxi. Once you get to the Phu Cat Airport, the taxi trip from/to the airport and the Seagull Hotel in Quy Nhon takes approximately 45 minutes and costs about 600,00 VND (~$26 USD). You will need cash for your taxi so be sure to get cash from an ATM at either the Hanoï or Ho Chi Minh City Airport; there is no ATM at the Quy Nhon Airport.

Shuttle. Depending of your time of arrival, the conference will provide shuttle buses from/to the Phu Cat airport and the Seagull Hotel in Quy Nhon. Details on the shuttle schedule will be provided closer to the conference. 

Can I use my cell phone?

Cell phone coverage it very good in Vietnam. However we advise purchasing a local SIM card. Getting a local SIM card in Vietnam is fast and inexpensive. There are three major GSM network operators in Vietnam, and all have good coverage: Viettel, Vinaphone, Mobifone.

You can buy prepaid SIM cards on arrival at major airports, as well as from countless shops across the country. You will need to show your passport to register your SIM card. Prices for SIM cards, SMS messages, and phone calls are extremely affordable within Vietnam. You can load your phone credit in increments from 20,000 VND to 100,000 VND (~$.86 to $4.00 USD) on most networks. Data-only SIM cards may cost 100,000 VND to 200,000 VND (~$4 to $8 USD) depending on the amount of data purchased.

Is Vietnam safe?

Vietnam is generally very safe for travelers, but use common sense to keep an eye on your money and avoid drawing attention to valuables while out in public. Use the hotel safe in your room to store cash, cards, and valuable items when going out. Keep wallets and purses close to your person and take extra care when in crowded places.

What is the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam?

On July 25, 2022, Vietnam registered 10,768,844 cases and 43,092 deaths. Learn more about travel requirements and COVID-19 on the Vietnam Info for Travelers on COVID-19 web page. 

Vietnam has a very high of vaccination rate as shown in the figure below:

The evolution of deaths between Vietnam, France, USA, Canada, Japan, UK, and Germany is shown in the figure below:

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Contact Jenny Ramarui,
Conference Coordinator,
at info@tos.org
or (1) 301-251-7708

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