DestinationsThe National Steering Committee for COVID-19 discusses allowing foreign visitors from countries with no reported virus cases for 30 days

Vietnam eyes reopening of borders

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Vietnam plans to limit the number of destinations that tourists can visit to a certain number of islands in the country such as Phu Quoc (pictured).
Vietnam plans to limit the number of destinations that tourists can visit to a certain number of islands in the country such as Phu Quoc (pictured). Photo Credit: Getty Images

HANOI – Vietnam is considering opening its borders to foreign visitors from countries that have not reported new coronavirus cases for 30 days.

The move was discussed on Thursday (28 May) during a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hanoi.

There are plans to limit the number of destinations that tourists can visit to a certain number of islands in the country such as Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province, the committee members said.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trịnh Thị Thuy said that travel firms in Vietnam should focus in the short term on stimulating domestic tourism while the borders remains tightly managed, Vietnam News reported.

Signs of healthy recovery are starting to show, as some hotels report 80-90% occupancy while others are full.

Currently, foreign visitors to Vietnam for diplomatic or business purposes must seek approvals from the local people’s committee and Ministry of Public Security.

All foreigner visitors must undergo a 14-day quarantine based on the Ministry of Health’s regulations. Vietnam suspended entry for all foreign nationals on 21 March.

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