The number of foreign arrivals in Vietnam in March is on the rise as tourist activities have fully reopened to both international and domestic tourism, via air, road, rail and sea routes.
Vietnam received nearly 91,000 international arrivals between January and March, an 89.1 percent year-on-year increase, mainly due to the reopening of international tourism activities and the resumption of several regular flights, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO) report.
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During the period, foreign visitors entering the country accounted for about 90.5 percent of the total, as 64.3 percent of arrivals came from Asia, the GSO said Tuesday.
Vietnam fully reopened its borders to international visitors on March 15 as part of efforts to revive the country’s tourism and economy after a nearly two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country received a record number of more than 18 million international arrivals in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic broke out, the office said. In 2020 and 2021, the number of international arrivals in Vietnam decreased by 78.7 percent and 95.9 percent year-on-year, respectively, mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to Vietnam’s National Administration of Tourist, the country has aimed to serve more than 5 million overseas tourists by 2022,