In an announcement made today, Vietnam stated that it has reopened its borders to foreign tourists with immediate effect. After almost two years of closure, Vietnam reopened its doors to foreign tourists on March 15. However, when the day came, there was uncertainty due to the fact that the appropriate government offices had not yet provided information on entrance processes, visa requirements, and so on.
Any traveler who has undergone a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their aircraft departure for Vietnam will be asked to present documentation of that result. A negative antigen test that was done up to 24 hours before departure may also be recognized as proof of immunity.
For sea and land crossings, there are separate rules, and children under two years of age are not obliged to take the exam.
Those traveling into the nation will also be asked to download and submit a health declaration on the Vietnam PC-Covid app before to their arrival and during their stay in the country.
Visitors from the United Kingdom may remain in Vietnam for up to 15 days without the requirement for a visa upon admission.
“There is so much for travelers to explore during their visit to our lovely nation,” said Kien Tran Trong, head of the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board.
In addition to the wonderful cuisine, natural beauty, and friendly people, we know that hundreds of Brits are looking forward to coming to see us for their once in a lifetime vacation.”
The fact that we can finally welcome them back to Vietnam after two years is a wonderful feeling for us.”
Vietnam is becoming more popular among British tourists looking for new experiences, with more than 300,000 British tourists expected to visit the nation each year by 2020, according to the World Tourism Organization.
The Ministry of Health issued Official Dispatch No 1265/BYT-DP on the admission procedures for foreigners arriving in Vietnam late on March 15, according to a press release. According to the document, overseas visitors must comply with the following requirements:
You must have a negative COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at least 72 hours before entering Vietnam OR a fast Antigen test (no self-test) at least 24 hours before entering Vietnam This does not apply to children under the age of two years, and the test must be performed by a qualified health professional.
A COVID-19 test will be performed within 24 hours of arrival in Vietnam if one has not been completed prior to travel. If the result is negative, passengers will be able to go anywhere in Vietnam without having to go through quarantine; and
While there is no need for quarantine, travelers should self-monitor their health for 10 days and notify to local health authorities if they suffer signs of the pandemic virus.
Travelers are also urged to adhere to all pandemic precautions, such as wearing face masks and washing their hands often.
As part of his request, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has directed relevant government departments to restore immigration and visa processes to their pre-pandemic levels of efficiency. In addition, people of 80 countries may now apply for an e-visa to enter the country for a stay of up to 30 days without a visa. Visa applications may be submitted using the government’s e-visa website. The administration also underlined its commitment to treating all visitors, international and domestic, in the same manner.
In addition, business visas for business visitors have been reinstated, with no need for prior permission from the local people’s committee to be obtained in advance.
In the months before that, the government granted visa exemptions to nationals of 13 nations, including citizens of Germany. France. Italy. Spain. the United Kingdom. Denmark. Russia. Japan. South Korea. Norway. Finland. Belarus and Sweden. Prior to that.
The news is especially encouraging for tour operators, who have experienced considerable losses as a result of the economic downturn. In 2019, Vietnam attracted more over 18 million tourists, compared to just 157,000 international entries in 2021 as a result of border restrictions that year.
Vietnam has also restarted direct flights to a number of countries, including the United States, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Australia, which will aid in the growth of the economy and the strengthening of people-to-people connections. The reduction of entrance processes and visa requirements would make it easier for enterprises and tour operators to organize excursions, therefore contributing to the growth of Vietnam’s economy.