Government AffairsFirst of three-phased 'Live Fully in Vietnam' plan open, but with specific travel requirements.

Vietnam reopens five provinces to vaccinated travellers

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Guests entering Vietnam are required to stay at designated resorts, book tour packages with designated agencies, and have travel and medical insurance.
Guests entering Vietnam are required to stay at designated resorts, book tour packages with designated agencies, and have travel and medical insurance. Photo Credit: Getty Images/mijastrzebski

As part of its three-stage vaccine passport programme, Vietnam has started welcoming back fully vaccinated foreign travellers from selected countries to five provinces this month, with further destinations slated for reopening at the end of the year.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is calling the campaign "Live Fully in Vietnam", which comes off the back of the country being named “Asia’s Leading Destination” at the 2021 World Travel Awards.

Khanh Hoa province on the south-central coast, the southern resort island of Phu Quoc, and UNESCO-listed Hoi An on the central coast are the first to receive international travellers. Arriving on charter flights, guests are required to stay at designated resorts, book tour packages with designated agencies, and have travel and medical insurance.

The provinces of Kien Giang in the southern Mekong Delta Region, and Quang Ninh in the northeast have also received government approval to restart international tourism.

A total of 15 five-star properties on Phu Quoc have been proposed by local authorities to receive international guests. Seven will be selected for the first phase of the vaccine passport programme spanning 20 November to 20 March 2022, with the remaining eight added for the second phase.

Among Phu Quoc’s designated resorts are Movenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc, and Movenpick Villa and Residences Phu Quoc. General manager Le Thi Hai Chau reportedly commented that South Korea and Europe are currently the island’s most promising markets.

In Hoi An, renowned for its charming Ancient Town, authorities have selected three five-star resorts to receive foreign guests, one of which is Hoiana Integrated Resort.

Hoiana President and CEO, Steve Wolstenholme, said that for the vaccine passport programme’s first phase, the resort is expecting to welcome foreigners from stable markets such as Northeast Asia, Europe, the US, the Middle East, and Oceania.

“Reopening tourism activities for international visitors to Vietnam via tour packages and charter flights is a strategic decision to gradually support and revive Vietnam’s tourism industry, as well as to demonstrate our readiness to welcome international guests safely,” he said.

“We believe this is the first step on the path to welcome back more visitors safely in the next phase of the programme.”

Nationwide, 34.39% of the population had been completely vaccinated as of 14 November. Quang Nam province, home to Hoi An and My Son, an ancient Hindu temple complex also accessible to vaccinated tourists, has announced plans to immunise 90% of its population by mid-November.

From December, one of Vietnam’s most popular attractions, UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay, known for its jade waters and towering limestone islands, is also expected to reopen.

Depending on vaccination progress and pandemic developments in Vietnam and the rest of the world, it has been reported that regular international flights into the country may be resumed from the third quarter of 2022.



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