Details of Vietnam Government's new, relaxed policies regarding international tourists
are shown below:
(with effect from 15 March 2022)
All Vietnam destinations are open.
No self-isolation is required.
Here are key points of the new guidelines: RT-PCR test + visa + travel insurance now accepted for entry.
Upon arrival, you must present:
Negative Covid-19 test result per passenger:
Travelers entering via air: Present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result (except children under 2 years old) using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method within 72 hours before entry into Vietnam. Or have a negative rapid test result within 24 hours before departure, certified by the competent authority of the country where the test is performed.
Travelers entering via land, rail and sea routes: Present negative test result as mentioned in section above. In case not presenting proof of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 as specified above, entrants are required to undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border gate before entry (using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2). Upon receiving a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result, they are allowed to enter and join tour activities. If the RT - PCR test result returns positive, they must follow strictly the regulations of the health authority.
Children under 2 years old are not required to be tested for SARS-CoV-2. Having not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or having never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 before, they are allowed to enter and to join outdoor activities with their parents and relatives.
Proof of valid medical/travel insurance covering Covid-19 treatment. Minimum cover USD10,000 (Link to info).
Downloaded PC-Covid mobile app (Apple/Google Play) which must be presented to enter all VN establishments.
Priced from $3550pp/ts (Standard) to $3780pp/ts (Superior)
Single Supplement (single, non-share hotel) cost is $605
GROUP BOOKING SPECIAL:
Book a Rail Tour as a group of 12(+) and get 1 position FREE and GO WHENEVER YOU WISH
(your very own private charter!)
Offer applies to all 18 and 15 Day Rail Tours in 2021.
LONG TAN VISITS:
FRANKO’S Rail Tours of Vietnam include the opportunity to visit LONG TAN and NUI DAT
for ANZAC Day and Battle of Long Tan Day ceremonies.
We have arranged & escorted tours into Long Tan since 1989.
Sai Gon - Vung Tau - Long Tan - Nui Dat - Ba Ria - Sai Gon
allows ample time to visit those sites of relevance to Australia’s
Vietnam War history ...either at the start or end of a scheduled
18 Day Rail Tour (see Rail Tour Dates).
Our 24hr visits to Long Tan & Nui Dat include:
Overnight stay in Vung Tau plus visits to
Xa Long Tan, Xa Long Hai,
Australian Sponsored orphanage in Ba Ria
and the Ba Ria-Vung Tau War Cemetary.
******** Note:Every Rail Tour of Vietnam offers clients an
*optional1 Day Tour to the LONG TAN CROSS and NUI DAT.
AM depart Saigon - PM return to Saigon ...by hydrofoil ferry*
(*If ferry service not operating ...travel to Vung Tau by road)
From $145pp - incl guide, driver & lunch - minimum 2 pers
*Option of overnight stay in Vung Tau with visit to Long Tan priced from
$195pp (min 2 pers) to $160pp (min 8 pers)
EARLYBIRD DISCOUNTS (Rail Tours only)
May be available to those who book early on certain tours
Please call/email us for details
LATEBIRD OFFERS (Rail Tours only)
There may be times when FRANKO'S seek 1 or 2 more clients
on certain tours ...and we may offer price incentives to those who are:
Passport Holders - with at least 7 months validity remaining
Ready to join a Rail Tour at short notice - say 3 to 6 weeks.
*If you'd like to join our list of potential LATEBIRDS
just call/email us and we'll ensure you are notified
whenever such places/offers are available
(maybe only once or twice a year)
# Such offers may include Free Upgrade to Superior Cl (rail) or
Free Air Fare(s) or Tour Price Discounts
INFORMATION / PRESENTATION NIGHTS ...please contact us.
(RSL - Probus - Social & Travel Groups - Rotary - Military Associations - etc)
For Club/Association committees - Frank and/or Natalie are happy to consider any requests to provide a presentation or information session to your members. Our formal presentation is around 50 minutes (including screening of DVD) then there's time for questions from audience.
For those who have little time to read we recommend the following DVD movies:
1. The 3 Seasons ("Ba Mua") ...starring Hervey Keitel - Vietnamese culture 2. The Quiet American ...starring Michael Caine - early American involvement in VN 3. Indochine...starring Catherine Deneuve - French era in VN 4. The Killing Fields... starring Haing Ngor - Cambodian genocide 5. S21: The Kmer Rouge Killing Machine ...Documentary on Toul Sleng centre 6. The Scent of Green Papaya...Vietnamese Culture (50s & 60s) 7. Gardien de Buffles ("Guardian of Buffaloes" or Buffalo Herder) - Vietnamese rural life (French era) 8. The Lover ...romantic story - set in Saigon 1920s. (PG - sex scenes) 9. FRANKO’S Rail Tours of VIETNAM ...Train travel in Vietnam. The way to go!
BOOKS? There are too many to mention here, but we definitely recommend "Mekong - Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future" - by Milton Osbourne. Good coverage of early European exploration of this mighty river and the countries through which it flows. Written by an Aussie!
To understand why the Long Tan Cross is so important in Australia’s military history, you simply must read "The Battle of Long Tan" - by Lex McAulay.
We also recommend "The Rough Guide to Vietnam" ...a good travel companion.
MEDIA Story - RAIL TOUR of VIETNAM by Mary Bolling
In August 2008, Melbourne’s Herald-Sun newspaper
published a 3 page article on FRANKO’S Rail Tours of Vietnam.
Same article (2 page) appeared in Brisbane’s Courier Mail and
the Adelaide Advertiser on Saturday30 August 08,
and Sunday Times in Perth on 05 September