NIH-NIAID-Conferences-20558a

U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP) 21st International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Pacific Rim

Travel Logistics

Conference Venues:  La Thanh Hotel and Candle Hotel.

Transportation will be provided to the La Thanh and Candle Hotels.

Closest International Airport:  Hanoi Noi Bai (HAN)

Ground Transportation: Ground transportation services, including taxis and public buses, are available at the arrivals level of the Hanoi Noi Bai international airport. Alternatively, you can make a reservation with a car service such as Hanoi Transfer Service.

Vietnam Visa Information: Due to ensuring the security for the U.S.-North Korea Summit, which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam during the EID conference dates, we were informed the Vietnamese Government just released an urgent announcement to all Vietnam embassies that: "Vietnam will not accept visa requests for entry time to Vietnam from Feb 20 to 28, 2019."

All participants that received a visa issuance letter from the Ministry of Health of Vietnam will be allowed entry into Vietnam.

No additional visa issuance letter requests will be processed by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam. 

If you are not exempt from visa requirement and have not yet secured a visa, we advise contacting the closest Vietnamese embassy or consulate to you and submitting an application for a visa immediately.

For a list of Vietnamese embassies and consulate generals, please visit the Vietnamese Missions Abroad web page.

Health and Immunizations:  Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site for recommended vaccinations and tips for staying healthy and safe.

Currency Exchange and Credit Card Use:  The Vietnamese Dong is the currency of Viet Nam. The currency code is VND. Visa, MasterCard and JBC are widely accepted, but note you may be charged a 3-4% commission. 

Climate: Humid, Subtropical. Average high temperature in February is 21C/70F; low temperature is 14C/57F. 

Time Zone:  UTC + 7

Tipping Guidelines:  Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, however a gratuity is always appreciated. Rounding up the bill for drinks at a bar or taxi fare; 40,000-50,000 VND for bellman or housekeepers; and 5-10% at restaurants are suggestions.

Suggested Attire:  Business casual unless you are giving a presentation, which we recommend smart casual or business attire. Vietnamese are conservative when it comes to dress, so you may want to avoid tank tops, sleeveless shirts, or short skirts/shorts, especially when visiting Buddhist temples.

Useful Telephone Numbers: 

International Direct Dial Access Code:  00

Information Directory and English Service:  1080

Rescue Emergency:  112

Police:  113

Fire:  114

Ambulance: 115 

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