Vietnam tourism officials push for full reopening to foreign travelers on March 15

Vietnam plans to reopen borders for foreign travelers on March 15, although the date is not yet official. According to local media outlet VN Express, a draft proposal is being prepared to fully allow inbound and outbound tourism from mid-March.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is now receiving input from relevant agencies before submitting the proposal to the Vietnamese government. But so far, the proposal states that foreign tourists entering Vietnam by land, sea or air will be required to present documents showing that they are either vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recently recovered from Covid-19. ‘an infection.

The proposal also says tourists will have to show a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival. (Thailand requires an RT-PCR test before departure, upon arrival, and then again on day 5 in the country.) Travelers would also need insurance covering Covid-19.

According to VN Express, vaccinated travelers will be able to book three-day tour packages through designated travel agencies, while those who are not vaccinated will need to book tours of at least seven days. Vietnam also offers visa-free travel for a number of non-Asian countries, such as the UK, but for vacations longer than 15 days, a visa for vietnam is still needed.

Today, Vietnam lifted Covid-19 restrictions on international flights from all markets, with no limit on the number of flights. Flight frequency would be restored to pre-pandemic levels.

Foreign tourists were allowed to travel to some provinces and cities in Vietnam under a vaccine passport program launched by the government in November, but only 9,000 people entered under the program, half of them Vietnamese .

For a full reopening of borders to foreign tourists, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has said in previous statements that the country should fully reopen in March or April, but no later than the end of April.


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