12. April 2003

Health Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) recommend that Canadians defer travel, until further notice, to the City of Hanoi, Vietnam; the People's Republic of China including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Singapore; and Taiwan. This advice is due to the mounting concern about transmission of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) agent in non-hospital and community settings in these areas.

Health Canada and DFAIT also recommend alternate routing be considered, when possible, if a traveller is transiting through the People's Republic of China including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; City of Hanoi, Vietnam; Singapore; or Taiwan.

Health Canada is aware that health authorities in these areas are making concerted efforts to contain the spread of SARS in their populations. Given the uncertainties of the current situation, Health Canada and DFAIT believe it is prudent to await the outcome of national and international control measures before undertaking travel to these destinations.

Canadians arriving from areas affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) - such as Canada (Toronto), Vietnam (Hanoi), Singapore, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - may be subject to medical screening. Persons with symptoms of SARS must undergo further medical examinations and, if necessary, go into quarantine.

For specific information on entry procedures, you should check with the Embassy of Vietnam.

Canadians who intend to visit the City of Hanoi, Vietnam, should be aware that some insurance companies will not pay claims that arise when travellers disregard the government's travel advice. It is the traveller's responsibility to obtain from the insurer and understand the terms of supplementary health insurance policies.

Heightened tensions as a result of the Iraq situation, together with increased threats globally from terrorism, put Canadians at greater risk. Canadians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times as the security situation could deteriorate rapidly without notice. Exercise extreme caution, particularly in commercial, public and tourist areas frequented by foreigners. Canadians should monitor local developments, avoid crowds and demonstrations, as well as register and remain in regular contact with the nearest Canadian government office or the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (call collect 613-996-8885).
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade



 11. April 2003

The vast majority of visits to Vietnam are trouble-free. Serious or violent crimes against foreigners are rare, but you should remain vigilant for petty or opportunistic threat, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City. There have been cases and some deaths from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. In line with Dept of Health advice we are not currently advising against travel to Vietnam.

There is a continuing threat to westerners from terrorism throughout South East Asia. Developments on Iraq and any further increase in regional tension could affect our travel advice. You should check it daily and follow developments closely.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office London



4. April 2003

Épidémie de pneumopathie atypique :
Compte tenu de l'évolution de la situation et des inconnues qui subsistent, les voyages vers la Chine sont déconseillés par la Direction générale de la Santé (Pékin, provinces du Guandong, du Guangxi et du Shanxi, région administrative spéciale de Honk Kong).

Il est également prudent, à ce stade, de différer temporairement sauf raison impérative, les déplacements vers les destinations suivantes : Vietnam, Singapour, et Taiwan.

Des informations complémentaires peuvent être obtenues en consultant le site du ministère de la Santé ( ou en appelant le numéro vert suivant : 0800 150 160.
Ministère Français des Affaires Étrangères



22. März 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 public.

Because of reduced availability of adequate medical facilities, the Department of State has deferred non-essential 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

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

Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States of America




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