Vietnam will start reopening for tourism in September, 2021. As of today, only a very limited number of essential workers and business people are allowed entry.
Everyone must undergo quarantine but the number of days depends on the zone travelers are heading to. It could last from 10 to 21 days.
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July 8 – Vietnam to reopen its resort island Phu Quoc for international tourism in September, said government
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reportedly asked its officials to rush up vaccination campaigns on the island in order to reopen for tourism as early as September.
Once 90 percent of its 178,000 residents have been fully vaccinated, Vietnam plans to start a pilot program in Phu Quoc to test the reopening waters before reopening other places in the territory.
According to local news, fully-vaccinated Russian tourists would be the first people to be welcomed back to the country.
Source: The Star
June 21 – Ho Chi Minh City authorities to tighten COVID-19 domestic restrictions from June 20 due to high coronavirus activity
For more than a year Vietnam had prided itself on effectively containing the coronavirus. But after an outbreak in Ho Chi Minh the country is currently facing its first deadly wave of COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant.
Effective June 20, Ho Chi Minh government imposed 10 new stricter measures to flatten the curve of infections.
As of yesterday, all interprovincial means of transportation such as taxis and buses were banned as well as gatherings of more than 2 people.
The date where these restrictions will be lifted is yet to be confirmed.
June 4 – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh resumed international flights on June 2
Vietnam banned all foreign arrivals into Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh from Tuesday following the Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long announcement the country had found an apparent new hybrid variant tied to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
However, on June 2 – only two days later – Vietnam Aviation authority decided to resume international flights to those cities with no explanations given.
Local media reports that the reason behind this decision could be that most of the COVID-19 cases in the current outbreak are locally transmitted and not from foreign visitors.
So as of today, all pre-approved foreigners and their families in exempted categories, including diplomats, officials, experts, business managers, foreign investors, high-tech workers, and other business travelers can continue coming to Vietnam.
Source: Nikkei Asia
May 19 – Vietnam continues to enforce restrictions to prevent the further spread of the virus
More domestic restrictions have been imposed in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 nationwide.
Starting yesterday, May 18, residents and locals who have had any type of contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine at a centralized facility (not home) for 21 days. These extreme precautions have helped the country to only have 39 deaths over the course of the pandemic.
Also, long-distance domestic travelers must complete a health declaration form before departure. In locations like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City if a person is caught not wearing a mask in public they will be subject to fines.
All inbound commercial flights remain suspended until further notice.
May 4 – Vietnam to postpone reopening following regional outbreaks of COVID-19
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had announced Vietnam plans to restart international tourism around August. But now, following the multiple regional outbreaks in countries such as India, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines, the Vietnam government doesn’t want to risk it.
The country was ready to reopen beaches and golf resorts around Danang for South Koreans and travelers from other low-risk countries through travel bubble agreements. However, these plans have just suffered a setback as officials admitted second and third Covid-19 waves across Asia that would definitely affect their plans.
A few days ago, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc asked his ministers to start working on a plan to reopen international fights and also to prepare the necessary protocols to start using “vaccine passports.”
Vietnam has been one of the most successful countries worldwide at containing the spread of the virus. Early on, the government implemented centralized quarantines, effective contact tracing and quick lockdowns.
“The war against the virus is not over and there is still a lot to do.” said the Prime Minister. Thus, it is expected that this potential reopening would be slow and with multiple restrictions. The government has not released more information about it as of yet.
The potential reopening for vaccinated tourists is yet to be officially confirmed. However, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism stated the government is working on the possibility to create the so-called vaccinated passports to identify those who have already been immunized and -maybe- reopen the country for these kinds of visitors.
What is open in Vietnam at the moment?
Due to an increase in coronavirus cases, the country has been shutting down most non-essential business.
- Coffee shops, food courts, convenience stores, and restaurants near COVID-19 outbreak areas such as the National Hospital for Tropical Disease in Dong Anh District have been ordered to shut down until the situation is under control.
What is the current COVID-19 situation in Vietnam?
Vietnam has been considered a success story at curbing the ravages of the pandemic. As of July 8, the country has reported 23,385 positive cases and 102 deaths.
Travelers in Vietnam
Vietnam’s borders have been closed to tourists, since March 22, 2020. Only Vietnamese nationals and those conducting either official or essential business were allowed into the country.
All those arriving were required to undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine.
While no new tourist visas are being issued right now to Vietnam, the country has extended temporary residence to those foreigners who entered the country after March 1st, 2020. The government has been extending this permission to stay every few months.
These visitors must fill out an online medical declaration and provide the location where they are residing.
Foreigners are expected to follow the same rules as local residents. They will be fined if they fail to wear a mask in public or follow other rules.
Vietnam attracts tourism from all around the world
Dating back to 2000 BC, Vietnam has one of the most ancient cultures in South East Asia. Since then, it’s been influenced by the Chinese as well as Khmer, Indians and of course the French, who colonized the country.
One area in which the French influence can still be seen is the country’s coffee culture. This makes it unique in a region more known for tea.
The cuisine is also unique and delicious. From refreshing soups to French inspired sandwiches and exquisite tropical fruits.
There are also beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, and budget accommodations. The people are generally friendly. One way to experience the local culture is to shop in the roadside markets. Here visitors will not only find delicious food, they will also be able to shop for local crafts.
Guided tours can take visitors through a variety of natural wonders. In the north, there are many lakes and limestone caves.
In Central Vietnam, visitors enjoy touring the red and white sand dunes. In the southern part of the country, the Mekong Delta provides a look at an ancient lifestyle with its houseboats and river people. It is also rich in biodiversity – 10,000 new species have been found here.
Vietnam is an interesting and beautiful country in Southeast Asia. While it is currently undergoing another resurgence of the coronavirus, given how quickly the government got things under control, there is hope that the country will be able to open for tourists soon.
When it does, it would be a great place to visit with its stunning natural beauty, ancient culture and delicious food and coffee.
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