The Ministry of Health said Wednesday foreigners entering Vietnam only need to furnish a negative Covid-19 test certificate and are not required to quarantine.
It remains unclear what kind of quarantine and testing rules Vietnam will impose on foreign visitors when it reopens after a two-year closure
With the number of daily Covid cases in Vietnam increasing rapidly, tightening entry rules for foreign arrivals “is no longer essential,” Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son said.
Many foreign travelers have expressed worries in the absence of official entry regulations a day before full tourism reopening in Vietnam.
With Vietnam set to fully open its doors to tourists from March 15, the Tourism Advisory Board has urged the government to scrap Covid testing requirements for foreign visitors.
The government on Wednesday agreed to reopen inbound and outbound tourism from March 15 under new normal conditions.
Several ministries have voiced support for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s proposal to fully reopen international tourism and lift all travel restrictions from March 15.
After a two-year closure, plans are being finalized for Vietnam to fully reopen to international tourism by this April.
Vietnam’s government on January 18 issued Decision No 450/VPCP-QHQT (Decision 450) on easing entry procedures for foreign employees and overseas Vietnamese with relatives.
HCMC has announced new regulations for close monitoring of the isolation of foreign visitors after detecting five people with the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Aviation and medical experts say the seven-day quarantine for foreign passengers entering Vietnam on commercial flights is too long and being over cautious would hinder tourism revival.
Many expats living in HCMC wish to travel domestically after being stuck for months in the Covid epicenter, but quarantine and designated hotel-stay requirements curb their enthusiasm.
Over 68 percent of garment and footwear enterprises in Vietnam have been penalized by their foreign customers for late delivery, some with cancellation and compensation demands.
Vietnam is considering mutual recognition of vaccine passports with countries in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, the EU and the U.S., the Government Office announced Sunday.
HCMC’s extension of social distancing until Sep. 30 is increasing the financial burden on them and causing many to consider moving out of Vietnam, foreign companies warn.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has developed a digital vaccine certification system, which will be piloted to welcome back international arrivals and ensure safe travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vietnam confirmed that vaccinating foreigners in the country would help it progress toward herd immunity.
Stranded and unable to return home due to Covid-19, many foreign tourists have run out of money but manage to get along due to the kindness of locals.
Key suppliers for major companies like Netflix and Nike have been forced to host employees on site or cease production as Covid-19 keeps spreading, especially in the southern region.
The Politburo has ordered relevant agencies to trial Covid-19 vaccine passports so that foreigners can visit some tourist destinations that have controlled the pandemic like Phu Quoc Island.
Many companies are unhappy with a new regulation that requires their foreign executives to have academic qualifications in their current line of work.
Vietnamese aviation authorities proposed allowing vaccinated foreign passengers into the country from September without requiring centralized quarantine.
Vietnam received $4.1 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first three months of 2021, up 6.5% from a year earlier, government data showed on Saturday.
24,370 individuals have been allowed to renounce their Vietnamese citizenship to apply for foreign passports in the 2016-2020 period.
While foreigners would like the government to allow them in with vaccine passports, people living in Vietnam are wary.
Vietnam should designate certain destinations to welcome vaccinated foreigners back while residents in these localities are inoculated against Covid-19 to boost ‘herd immunity,’ experts said.