Vietnam’s borders will remain closed to tourism as per Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in orderto prevent a second wave of the pandemic. Although the reopening is official, the date for resuming commercial operations for tourism remains unknown.
Noviembre 20. Vietnam has resumed commercial flights to Guangzhou (China), Taiwan (China), Seoul (the Republic of South Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Vientiane (Laos) for special groups of travelers.
Vietnam Opening Tourism – Latest Updates
As of December 14th, there are no updates on Vietnam reopening for tourism, even though Vietnam is on the green-list of most of the countries due to its low infectious rate.
The Vietnam government has recently cancelled or put off a number of events in Vietnam. This may not be good for the country’s reopening for tourism.
Huế Festival 2020 – Postponed to 2021
F1 Vietnam Grand Prix – Postponed
Da Lat Sufferfest – Postponed
Quang Binh Marathon – Postponed
Techcombank Ha Noi Marathon – Postponed
Sunrise Sprint – Postponed to 2021
Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2020 – Cancelled
The country officially reopened borders to 6 countries but airlines will not resume operations until they have the official biosecurity protocols in place.
These new flights are exclusively for stranded nationals, diplomatic personnel, business managers, foreign investors, high-tech workers, and a few more.
Vietnam Not Planning to Reopen YET
Vietnam has 1,074 confirmed COVID cases and 35 deaths caused by the virus. Current daily rates are very low, between 0-5 new cases.
According to Vietnam-briefing.com, The local government is trying to prevent the second wave in the country, and not planning to start reopening to tourism yet! (source)
Vietnam Reopening Borders to 6 Asian Countries
Vietnam is opening borders and resuming flights with 6 countries in Asia. There will be flights available between 6 different cities but all passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days.
This move is a plan by the Government to start rebooting the economy with the most important business partners.
This is the list of cities allowed to travel to Vietnam:
Lockdowns have been re-imposed in hot spots, and travel restrictions are in place. Testing has increased.
Festivals, religious events, sporting events, and all other large gatherings are no longer allowed in most places.
Non-essential businesses such as bars, clubs, etc., remain closed as well. In some places, even stricter restrictions are mandated. In Danang Province, for example, gatherings of more than 2 people are not allowed.
What is the current COVID-19 situation in Vietnam?
Vietnam has been considered a success story at curbing the ravages of the pandemic. As of December 14, the country has reported 1,397 positive cases and 35 deaths.
It acted fast once information about the virus became available. It closed its borders in early March and quarantined and tested returning citizens at government centers. Widespread testing and contact tracing occurred.
While the current lockdowns are expected to have an economic impact on the country, people are optimistic. There is a great deal of confidence in the government thanks to its successful response early in the year. Projections are good that the economic repercussions will be mild.
For more information about the pandemic in Vietnam, click here.
Travelers in Vietnam
Since March 22nd, Vietnam’s borders have been closed to tourists. Only Vietnamese nationals and those conducting either official or essential business were allowed into the country.
All those arriving were required to undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine.
While no new tourist visas are being issued right now to Vietnam, the country has extended temporary residence to those foreigners who entered the country after March 1st, 2020. At this time, those foreigners may stay in the country through August 31st.
They must fill out an online medical declaration and provide the location where they are residing.
Foreigners are expected to follow the same rules as local residents. They will be fined if they fail to wear a mask in public or follow other rules.
Vietnam attracts tourism from all around the world
Dating back to 2000 BC, Vietnam has one of the most ancient cultures in South East Asia. Since then, it’s been influenced by the Chinese as well as Khmer, Indians and of course the French, who colonized the country.
One area in which the French influence can still be seen is the country’s coffee culture. This makes it unique in a region more known for tea.
The local brew is generally a French roast, often served with sweetened condensed milk. However, you can also try it black or with coconut milk, an egg yolk or yogurt. No matter what you add to it, you’ll find the coffee itself among the best in the world.
The cuisine is also unique and delicious. From refreshing soups to French inspired sandwiches and exquisite tropical fruits, you’ll find your taste buds will be delighted by your visit to Vietnam.
There are also beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, and budget accommodations. The people are generally friendly. One way to experience the local culture is to shop in the roadside markets. Here you will not only find delicious food, you’ll also be able to shop for local crafts.
Guided tours can take visitors through a variety of natural wonders. In the north, there are many lakes and limestone caves.
In Central Vietnam, visitors enjoy touring the red and white sand dunes. In the southern part of the country, the Mekong Delta provides a look at an ancient lifestyle with its houseboats and river people. It is also rich in biodiversity – 10,000 new species have been found here.
Vietnam is an interesting and beautiful country in Southeast Asia. While it is currently undergoing another resurgence of the coronavirus, given how quickly the government got things under control, there is hope that the country will be able to open for tourists soon.
When it does, it would be a great place to visit with its stunning natural beauty, ancient culture and delicious food and coffee.