Vietnam to Open to Tourism in December

Vietnam authorities on Wednesday said they would reopen select tourist destinations to vaccinated foreign visitors from approved countries and territories beginning December.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) said the country would allow tourists from low COVID risks countries to famous tourist spots like UNESCO heritage sites Ha Long and Hoi An, beach town Nha Trang and the highlands of Da Lat.

VNAT Chairman Nguyen Trung Khanh said that safety is their “foremost priority” as the country gradually reopens from intra-provincial tourism, domestic tourism to international tourism.

Since the country’s tourism recovery plan approval, many localities initiated local tourism reopenings and international tourism reopening proposals.

Last month, the government announced it would reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc for vaccinated travelers in November through a package tour program by travel agencies.

Local authorities of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa proposed to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism that they would pilot fully vaccinated international tourists in November, where they would put on trial the “vaccine passport” entry for international visitors on charter flights.

Early last week, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with relevant ministries and agencies to discuss with other countries the mutual recognition of “vaccine passports.”

“The mutual recognition of vaccine passports is of significant importance in the current context as the government aims to prepare for the reopening of the economy,” Pham said.


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