Country: Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in southeast Asia. It has approximately 90 million inhabitants and is the world's 13th most populated country. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. The capital is Hanoi and Vietnamese is the primary language spoken.
To access emergency services: Dial 115
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Vietnam, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Vietnamese hospital: The health care system in Vietnam combines aspects of eastern and western medicine. Public hospitals in Vietnam are generally underfunded and poorly equipped. Doctors and medical staff working at public hospitals in Vietnam will generally only speak Vietnamese. The quality and availability of health care is especially poor in rural areas, and in some of the most remote parts of the country, health care is non-existent.
However, the standard of care in private hospitals is excellent. Private hospitals located in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City are staffed by doctors from the United States, Korea, Japan, and France, as well as Vietnamese doctors who have trained overseas. Private hospitals tend to cater to the needs of expats better than public hospitals, and do accept international health insurance. Many doctors and medical staff at private hospitals in Vietnam speak English and/or French.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Vietnam: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Vietnam-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.