Vietnam Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Mar 24, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that the
Department of State has authorized the departure, on a voluntary basis, of
family members at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho
Chi Minh City. Due to health concerns in Vietnam regarding the presence of
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the lack of adequate medical care
and facilities, as well as non-availability of commercial means of medical
evacuation for SARS patients, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens to
defer non-emergency travel to Vietnam at this time. U.S. citizens in
Vietnam should consider departing. This Travel Warning supersedes the
Public Announcement of March 21, 2003.
On March 22, 2003, the Department of State authorized the departure of
family members, on a voluntary basis, at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the
Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. These facilities remain open to
provide the full range of services to American citizens and the general
Because of reduced availability of adequate medical facilities, the
Department of State has suspended official travel to Vietnam until further
notice. The level of medical services in Hanoi is now dramatically
diminished by the closure of the only adequate hospital facility and reduced
operations by the two main outpatient facilities due to the SARS emergency.
At present, no commercial carriers are willing to transport patients with
SARS. Even non-lethal medical conditions are difficult to address because
clinics are making initial assessments by phone or screening patients
outside the clinic facilities. On March 21, 2003, the Department of State
imposed restrictions on official travel to Vietnam. The Department
recommends that American citizens defer all non-emergency travel to Vietnam,
especially if traveling with young children, until medical services have
returned to normal.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi is located at 6 Ngoc
Khanh, Ba Dinh District, telephone number (84-4) 831-4590; after hours
emergency telephone number (84-4) 772-1500;
fax (84-4) 831-4578. Additional information may be found on the Embassy
website at http://usembassy.state.gov.vietnam/.
The U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City is located at 4 Le Duan,
District 1, telephone
(84-8) 822-9433; fax (84-8) 822-9434; website http://www.uscongenhcmc.org.
For the most up-to-date information regarding SARS, American citizens are
advised to monitor the website of the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov and the website of the World Health
Organization at http://www.who.int.ith.
For further information on travel to Vietnam, U.S. citizens should also
consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Vietnam,
and the Fact Sheet on SARS which are located at http://www.travel.state.gov.