Please be a responsible traveler!

Hanoi will close all bars, coffee shops, massage parlors, karaoke clubs and cinemas to avoid large crowds and potential virus spread. The entire Whole Hoan Kiem area seems to be closed starting tomorrow, Thursday.

Passenger train SE9 and SE10 between the HCM City and Hanoi will halt operations from March 26 to April 28. SE1 to SE8 still run as normal but there may be some changes in the schedule.

If you are still traveling in Vietnam, make sure to keep yourself updated and follow the authorities orders and regulations.

…if not, you may be doing the same mistake as the young Scandinavian backpacker who arrived in Hanoi a few weeks ago. She ignored (or missed the information) that she had been on the same airplane as other infected passengers and did not follow the order to go to the hospital for isolation while waiting for her test result.

Instead she went bar hopping around Hoan Kiem lake. She used her vacation time well, visiting most tourist destinations in Northern Vietnam. She went down south by bus visiting Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An. After that all the way up to Ha Giang. By then the police had been trying to track her down, but it was not until she was back in Hanoi, and by herself went to the hospital. It was then the police could finally stop her. Now the police is doing their best to find all people she has been in contact with but that seems almost impossible. Not sure if we should laugh or cry over this… This one tourist managed to lock down big parts of Vietnam, just by going on a normal backpacking tour…

Lesson to be learned, if you are still out travelling, follow the instructions and be a responsible traveler!

Sapa Sisters starts a fundraising to get through this tough times!

Sapa Sisters have launched a fundraising campaign on GoGetFunding.com The goal is to raise money to cover our fixed cost durring this though times. Please visit our campaign site to read more! https://gogetfunding.com/sapa-sisters-need-your-help-during-corona-times

Corona update, post #6

Vietnam is a very quiet place at the moment. Much is done to make sure to protect minority groups in the north from the virus. All tourist destinations in Vietnam are closed for travelers. Many hotels and university dormitories are used to quarantine Vietnamese who have returned home from their work or studies abroad.

 

Around Sapa, life is reminiscent more of how it was 25 years ago, before the tourist boom. Most of the Sapa Sisters guides are working in their rice fields and taking care of their family’s farms. For some it’s maybe a nice break from trekking, as long as the break is not too long…

Corona update, post #5 (Sapa Sisters closed through April)

Xin Chao Cac Ban!

Today we have taken the decision to temporarily close Sapa Sisters. We tried as long as we could to keep business running, but clearly now is not the time to travel. All of our tours and treks will be canceled through April. If we can reopen prior to then, we will!

Part of our booking team will work part time to answer questions, do future bookings and carry out refunds.

It’s with a great sadness we now temporarily close down due to Corona virus and it’s implications. We have managed many difficult challenges since we opened over 10 years ago – but nothing as devastating as this.

We are confident that our reputation is strong, just like all the sapa sisters, and we will reopen once the situation is back under control. Until then we will also continue posting on facebook and our website about what is happening around sapa.

Stay safe and take care of each other!

 

Corona update, post #4

Ta Van village is now closed off for all visitors. Therefor we can now only arrange 1-day treks and market tours.

Sapa Sisters still do tours in Ha Giang.  If you are in for an adventure, we recommend a private motorbike tour or rent a motorbike with a driver. For those travellers who prefer more comfort but don’t want to miss the spectacular views, we arrange tours by private car and driver. We can also arrange treks for you if you decide to travel Ha Giang on your own. Of course, your private guide will accompany you along the way! Read more on our Ha Giang-website https://adventures.sapasisters.com/

 

 

Corona update, post #3

VN close border for 30 day for Europeans!

From noon, Sunday 15/3, Vietnam closes their border for all European travellers (Schengen and UK). This restriction also affects all travellers that have been visiting UK or Schengen the last 14 days, including layovers.

Sapa Sisters still keeps open to welcome travellers that are already in the country.

Corona update, post #2

All of the markets around Sapa and Lao Cai are open as normal and Sapa Sisters still arrange market tours by shared bus or private car.

A market tour in combination with a 1-day trek is a good alternative to a longer overnight trek. Ask our booking staff what is available for the dates you plan to visit. The market in Sapa town is also open every day.

Before entering many main buildings i.e. hotels, busses and train stations everyone is subject to a temperature check. People with temperatures above normal will not be allowed to pass. This constant check may feel irritating or even seen as a bit of a violation, but this vigilance has kept the spread of Corona to a minimum in Vietnam; so please be patient and respectful to officials facilitating the checks.

Vietnam has a population on more than 95 million people and only 45 cases of Corona virus. 16 of the patients have already recovered.

 

Corona update, post #1

Xin Chao!

We just started this blog to try to give you some daily updates about the situation in Sapa and Hanoi due to the Corona virus.

Unfortunately, Sapa Sisters office and Homestay (Zao’s House) have been closed down by the authority. It’s just a safety preclusion. None of Sapa Sisters staff or guests have been infected or showed any sign of illness. The office will be closed for another 13 days.

Even if our office is closed Sapa Sisters is still up and running. We have temporary moved our meeting point, breakfast/showers and overnight customers to Vista hotel in Sapa. We give more information about that to all our customers by email. Sapa Sisters is trying to do the best of the situation, we improvise and adapt as we go.

Vietnam is one of the countries who have so far managed to keep the count low. Until today it’s 40 reported cases of COVID 19. The short number of cased is a result of the Vietnamese governments pro active regulations and actions. Schools are closed and no public events are allowed.

Vietnam is still a safe country to travel in but it’s important to be courses, following the news and recommendation, make sure to have good travel insurance and be aware that the situation can change quick. Hotels can be forced to close without notice and transportation can be cancelled. In this cased our booking staff can help you find alternatives.

Trains and busses to Sapa still runs as normal. In Sapa and Hanoi there are many hotels and restaurants that keeps open. There are plenty of street food available.

Economically, corona have hit Sapa Sisters really badly, but we do our best to keep floating. At least it’s very beautiful bout in Sapa and Hanoi right now. It’s peaceful, much less traffic in the street, clear air and fewer people.

Stay safe!

How to fill in health declaration forms

Anyone coming into Việt Nam must fill out a detailed health declaration form. Watch a guide on how to fill in your forms on YouTube:  How to fill in health declaration forms

 

New regulation regarding Visa to Vietnam

12 of March, travellers from following countries are required to apply for visa to visit Vietnam. Even for visits shorter than 14 days.

Denmark

Norway

Finland

Sweden

UK

Germany

Spain

France

 

British and Italian travellers are not allowed into Vietnam at the moment.