Vietnam that has soon been closed for international visitor arrivals for close to two years, is attempting to restart the tourism business in November 2021.
Previously, the country contemplated letting in packages tourists from October (read more here), but something didn’t go as planned, and now the projected start date is sometime in November.
Visitors would need to be fully vaccinated, have a PCR-RT or LAMP test maximum of 72 hours before departure to Vietnam, another test at the point of entry, and an additional test on day seven from the arrival.
Visitors are also required to install a tracking app and have insurance with a minimum coverage of $50,000, including possible Covid-19 care.
The biggest obstacle is that the visitors need to buy a package tour from an agency and cannot roam freely. Even after staying in the country for a week, they need to rely on “packages” to explore other locales or attractions.
Visiting relatives is allowed, but tourism companies need to inform local authorities.
There are two phases in consideration depending on how the initial launch pans out (you can read more on the Vietnam Insider):
Phase 2 of the plan is scheduled to take place from January 2022, with more provinces and cities permitted to welcome foreign visitors via charter and regular international commercial flights.
Phase 3 will kick off in the second quarter of 2022 to fully open tourism to foreigners, but the exact commencement day will be determined later based on the end of phase 2 and actual epidemic situations.
It isn’t easy to see how the country would attract any tourist under this plan. And I really do mean ANY. One has to be really desperate to visit Vietnam if they agree to enter the country under these requirements.
Let’s hope that Vietnam can develop a more reasonable plan that would allow international arrivals to the country without having to buy packages or be restricted to a specific area.
You have to remember that tourism, overall, is not that important for the country outside of a few specific areas.