Vietnam to fully reopen by June 2022
Vietnam is expected to open for foreign tourists next June, following a post-COVID-19 tourism road map for recovery in a statement by VNAT. Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
Vietnamese tourism is gearing up for the possibility of welcoming international tourists by a process that will match the nation’s “new normal’ and help in disease control The VNAT is part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has said at a recent conference about resilience of tourism.
The the Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh agreed to the minister’s suggestion to test a plan to open Phu Quoc Island off the southern part of Kien Giang to foreign travelers.
Under the test scheme which is scheduled for November 2021 through the end of March in 2022 Phu Quoc would be the first place to be opened to foreign visitors from regions and countries that Vietnam’s government thinks have brought the pandemic under control. The government will use vaccination rates as the main indicator.
These include these countries include the U.S., Australia, European countries as well as those in Middle Eastern countries, and Northeast Asian countries.
International travelers who are visiting Phu Quoc will be required to be fully immunized against COVID-19. A second dose not less than 14 calendar days and no longer than 12 months in advance of entry.
They should also be tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72-hour period before their departure.
Based on the outcomes of the pilot program, additional attractions are being considered, including Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh Province Hoi An Ancient Town , located in the Central Quang Nam Province as well as the city on the coast in Nha Trang in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, could potentially open to foreign tourists between December 2021 and June 2022.
It’s possible that all tourist destinations in the United States may welcome foreign tourists in June next year according of the VNAT.
For domestic tourism, places capable of containing the epidemic are allowed to accept tourists starting in November in the event that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinations and adhere to steps to prevent the spread of the virus The agency noted.
The recovery of tourism needs the support of officials at every level, such as the relevant authorities in transport, health and law enforcement officials as per the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
Due to the pandemic Vietnam was able to accommodate only 3.7 million international tourists and 56 million domestic visitors in 2020, which is down by to 80 per cent and 34.1 percent in comparison to the previous year.
In the same time frame the country’s tourist revenue declined by 58.7 percent from year to year, according to the ministry.
To aid travel businesses to grow, the government has enacted several incentive programs, including the extension of deadlines for the payment of different taxes and charges for land rental and a reduction in electricity retail costs, as well as exemptions and incentives on interest rates on loans according to the portal of the government.
Vietnam has been securing its borders since March of last year to protect against the spread of coronavirus and only allows entry to foreign-skilled workers diplomats, investors as well as Vietnamese repatriates. They are all required to be quarantined upon entry.