Vietnam plans to fully open to international visitors by mid-2022

International tourists at Noi Bai airport in 2020.

The Vietnam government portal (VGP News) on October 6 reported that the Vietnamese tourism industry is “actively” preparing to restart the route to reopen for international tourists.

According to this plan, it is reported that from November 2021 to March 2022, the National Administration of Tourism will conduct a pilot in Phu Quoc, allowing international tourists to be welcomed from “key markets having good disease control and vaccination capacity” such as Northeast Asia, Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Australia.

According to VGP News, tourists entering Phu Quoc International Airport via charter flights must meet the requirements related to vaccination, COVID-19 testing as well as registration. Participating in a tour package program of a travel enterprise selected by a competent authority on the basis of specific and transparent criteria.

The Vietnamese government portal said that the Phu Quoc government must also prepare conditions to welcome guests, including vaccinating the people and training on measures to ensure disease safety as well as having projects, contingency resources for incidents and risks.

It is reported that, after learning from the pilot in Phu Quoc, from about December 2021 to June 2022, Vietnam’s tourism industry will replicate the model of opening to welcome international visitors to a number of destinations. Others meet the requirements such as Ha Long (Quang Ninh), Hoi An (Quang Nam), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa) and Da Lat (Lam Dong).

According to VGP News, Vietnam will then “fully reopen to the international visitor market from June 2022.”

Reuters news agency reported that Vietnam’s plan follows the pilot steps of Thailand, which next month will increase the number of localities allowed to welcome vaccinated tourists.

The Vietnamese government portal said that in 2020, Vietnam only received 3.7 million international visitors, down 80% compared to 2019 and total tourism revenue decreased by about 58.7%. (Translated)