Closed for tourism since March, 2020 because of COVID-19 effects, the governmental meeting on Wednesday announced the recovery for local and global tourism from March 15 as a post pandemic activities. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam also informed a directive for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to prepare a detailed plan for reopening reaction.
Hoi An welcomed the first tourist after a long time closing due to COVID-19. Photo: D.Hoang
A proposal on visa issuance policy was compulsory to provide for global tourists by the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.
“On Tuesday, the defense, public security, tourism, health, foreign affairs and transport ministries agreed at a government meeting that as Vietnam fully reopens its air, land and sea borders from March 15, all travel restrictions imposed since the pandemic broke out in Vietnam in 2020 would be removed.”
Reported by e-VNExpress.net
The unilateral visa exemption policy for 13 countries and bilaterally for 88 countries and territories were also proposed by the ministries to the Government resume as before the pandemic.
Before the outbreak, Vietnam unilaterally exempted visas for 13 countries from Russia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belarus with the maximum period of 15 days.
According to the suggestion, foreign visitors to Vietnam do not need to book package tours with exclusive travel agencies during the vaccine passport trial program that took place last November.
Photo: The Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism
The requirement was made for all tourists from 12 years old and above to furnish a certificate stating they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid and show a negative rapid antigen test result obtained within 24 hours at their accommodation facilities after arrival.
All travelers 12 years of age and older must provide a certificate that they have been vaccinated or fully recovered from Covid and have a negative rapid antigen test result within 24 hours at the airport at their accommodation facilities when they arrive.
International travelers arriving in this country by air will self-isolate in their hotel or accommodation for one day until they provide a negative Covid test result and will continue to monitor their health within 14 days according to the procedure of the Ministry of Health.
Passengers with Covid symptoms will have to undergo a rapid Covid test when they land at the airport.
International visitors to Vietnam need to have medical insurance cover for Covid treatment worth at least $10,000, which costs around $30.
Vietnam started allowing foreign tourists under the vaccine passport program with strict restrictions last November. Up to now, nearly 9,000 foreigners have been welcomed under the program, of which half are overseas Vietnamese returning to visit relatives.
According to the program, the provinces of Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Binh Dinh along with Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang City are the only localities that foreign tourists can visit.
By Royal Capital Group & e-VNexpress.net