Vietnam’s roadmap to resume international tourism

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Vietnam has defeated 8 other competitors in the area to win the title “Asia’s Leading Destination” at the 2021 World Travel Awards.

In the contest of WTA 2021, which is deemed as an Oscars award in the tourism industry, Vietnam was honoured to be Asia’s Leading Destination in 2021, surpassing other competitors like Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Laos. The winners were selected by taking votes from tourism panels and the public. This is the award that Vietnam has been awarded in 2019 and 2018. Specifically, there are destinations in Vietnam also honoured with different Asia’s leading awards such as Halong Bay with Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction, Hoi An with Asia’s Leading Cultural City Destination, Cuc Phuong National Park with Asia’s Leading National Park – This is the third time Cuc Phuong has received this award in the row of 3 consecutive years.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

WTA 2021 announced their results in October 19, 2021, in which Vietnam has been rewarded with a series of awards in the “hotel and resort” category:

  • Avana Retreat – Mai Chau is a Five-star resort, which has just opened in April 2021, won Asia’s leading Retreat.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nha Trang won Asia’s leading beach hotel.
  • Banyan Tree Lang Co – Hue was named winner in Asia’s leading luxury beach resort.
  • Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery Vietnam was chosen as Asia’s leading design hotel.
  • InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort won three leading awards in Asia: the greenest resort, the most luxurious resort and the most romantic resort. In addition, the Bai Bac Bay villa area here won the award in the category of Asia’s leading luxury hotel Villa.
  • Mercure Danang French Village won the title Asia’s leading themed resort for 2 years in a row.
  • The title Asia’s leading boutique resort belongs to Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort.
  • InterContinental Phú Quốc Bãi Dài has won the award of Asia’s leading luxury resort for families in 3 consecutive years since 2019.
  • La Veranda Resort Phú Quốc was rewarded with 2 leading awards in Asia: The beach boutique resort in 2021 and the most romantic resort boutique in 2021.
  • JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay has won Asia’s Leading Luxury Spa and Resort Award for 3 consecutive years.
  • Premier Village Phu Quoc located at Ong Doi cape has won the WTA Asia’s leading villa resort.

Covid-19 Situation in Vietnam

After 5 months of dedicated effort on controlling the infection, Vietnam has witnessed the decrease of 18% of Covid-19 cases compared to the rolling of 7 days average. Based on that positive signal, municipal authorities in Ho Chi Minh city – the most hard-hit area, are planning to ease the restriction.

Facing the high risk of 4th wave outbreak, the vaccination campaign is starting to make progress in the country, as of October 52.6 percent of the population had been inoculated with the first dose of vaccine and 21.3 percent have been fully vaccinated due to vaccine insufficiency. With the support of other countries and via Covax, the country aims to secure 150 million vaccine doses to cover 70 percent of the population by Feb 2022. Given the vaccination progress in Vietnam, according to Reuters, Vietnam is planning to reopen key tourist destinations from December such as UNESCO world heritage site Halong Bay and Hoi An, the highlands town of Dalat and beach destination Nha Trang, etc, ahead of a full resumption targeted for June next year (2022).

International Flight Updates

Many countries to resume regular commercial flights to VietNam.

Vietnam airlines

Vietnam airlines

Singapore and Russia have expressed interest in resuming regular commercial flights to Vietnam to revive trade and tourism post-Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The agreed and hoped the two countries could soon discuss resumption of flights from major Russian cities to economic and tourist centers such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.
  • Singapore’s ambassador, Jaya Ratnam also hoped to quickly resume travel between the two countries, including commercial flights, and agreed to work toward recognizing each other’s vaccine certificates for the purpose.

CAAV proposes to partly resume international air route in Q4.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed that the Ministry of Transport consider the piecemeal re-opening of regular international commercial flights in 4 stages commencing in the 4Q 2021.

First Phase: From 4th quarter – 2021.

+ Implications:

  • The first phase would allow international commercial flights to resume to Vietnamese citizens with the approval of competent agencies. Simultaneously, the CAAV also proposed the pilot plan of reopening international flights for foreign visitors who can visit some popular tourist spots such as Phu Quoc , Nha Trang and Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa province, and HaLong Bay in Quang Ninh province.
  • Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), Singapore,Russia, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, France and others that are in need of labour transport are countries that local airports expect to receive flights.

+ Requirement: For passengers, they must have received full doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and undergone a negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test within 72 hours before their departure. Notably, they must have received their last vaccine dose at least 14 days, and no more than 12 months, prior to their departure, or have certificates of recovery from COVID-19 no more than six months prior to their departure.

+ Flights frequency: Each airline will be allowed to conduct one flight each day in the first month during the pilot scheme, and increase the flight frequency to two in the following month.

Second Phase – From Jan 2022.

+ Implications:

  • The CAAV has proposed that regular international flights can only carry passengers who have a certificate of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, without requiring written consent from the authorities to enter the country. This is except for immigration and medical control requirements.
  • These flights will apply for air routes between Vietnam and China, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, the Republic of Korea and other safe markets that are not in the immigration restriction recommendations set out by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

+ Requirements: Passengers who have a certificate of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19.

+ Flights frequency: Airlines of each side will operate these flights with a frequency of four flights each week per turn.

Third Phase – From April 2022.

+ Implications:

  • International commercial flights will resume regularly and passengers will no longer have to undergo days of quarantine upon arrival, following the acceptance of vaccine passports in Vietnam.

+ Requirements: Passengers will be both Vietnamese and foreign citizens who have been fully vaccinated or have certificates showing they have recovered from COVID-19.

+ Flights frequency: As part of the last phase, airlines will be granted a permit to sell tickets on demand and confirmed slots.

Fourth Phase – From July 2022.

From this phase, the international commercial flights are expected to be fully open, depending on the level of herd immunity in the country. Passengers will be accepted to check-in at departure destinations as they have full certificates in accordance with the requirements set out by the Vietnamese health authorities at the time of application.

Border reopening policies

Phu Quoc will be ready to welcome international visitors from Nov 20 this year.

  • From Nov 20, international travellers with vaccine passports will be welcomed to the island via charter flights, the government said late on Friday (Oct 22).
  • From late December and the end of March, Phu Quoc targets to receive up to 5,000 foreign arrivals through charter flights. Before being allowed in, travellers will need to show vaccine certificates together with a negative Covid-19 test result . According to the authorities, they should come from places with “a high safety record on Covid-19 prevention, like some parts of Europe, the Middle East, North-east Asia, South-east Asia, North America and Australia”.

Vietnam begins to recognize vaccine passports for 72 countries.

Vietnam has begun to temporarily recognize vaccine passports of 72 countries and territories worldwide that were officially introduced to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang.

The concentrated quarantine time will be reduced to only seven days to the holder of vaccination certificates or vaccine passports in line with the guidance of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.
These countries and territories include Poland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Republic of Korea (RoK), Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Oman, Thailand, Romania, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Germany, Russia, the UK, Austria, San Marino, Laos, Singapore, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, the US, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden, Israel, France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Switzerland, China, Pakistan, Ireland, Greece, Kuwait, Colombia, the Netherlands, Australia, Finland, Taiwan (China), Hungary, Belarus, Cambodia, Algeria, Canada, Indonesia, Nepal, Mexico, Bolivia, Croatia, Portugal, Turkmenistan, Palestine, Qatar, Libya, Egypt, Timor Leste, Ukraine, the Philippines, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Argentina, Jordan, and Brunei.

Vietnam Highlights Destinations

Phu Quoc Island is bordered with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still covered in dense, tropical jungle. With its gleaming sands, swaying palms, sparkling and limpid waters and glamorous coastal getaways, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s top beach destination.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

Beyond the chain of resorts lining Long Beach, it’s still largely unspoiled – and unlike Phuket, to which it aspires, you won’t find a lot to do here after dark but it is never short of fun outdoor activities in the daytime for family, including diving the reefs, kayaking in the bays or exploring the backroads on a motorbike – or live the life of a lotus eater by lounging on the beach, indulging in a massage and dining on fresh seafood. In Particular, good diving and white-sand beauty have led to its growing popularity, with a selection of cheap bungalows and five-star resorts along a pristine and peaceful coastline.

Mai Chau: Located in an idyllic valley and isolated from rush traffic often seen in nearby cities, Mai Chau is a world into itself. The small town is a rural soundtrack defined by murmuring irrigation streams and birdsong. The rhythm of life passes slowly and for moments you escape from daily worries and sorrows.

Mai Chau Valley

Mai Chau Valley

From sightseeing to recreational activities like biking, hiking and relaxation, Mai Chau fits the bill nicely. Local markets also contribute to the highlights with plenty of traditional clothes and souvenirs meticulously woven by the Thai women.

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