“When will Vietnam open its borders to tourism” is perhaps the most frequently asked question yet regarding the reopening of the border with Vietnam. And this post will give you the answer.
Vietnam’s heads of government agreed on February 16, 2022 on the proposal of Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to fully reopen international tourism and lift all travel restrictions from March 15.
Accordingly, the restrictions imposed on the issuance of visas for Vietnam, the unilateral and bilateral visa waiver will be lifted.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to finalize detailed plans for the resumption of tourism and establish a visa policy for foreign tourists.
According to ministry spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has been instructed to work on regulations for international visitors, and to join hands with the relevant ministries and agencies to develop a detailed report on visa policy to the government and the Prime Minister.
Visa procedures will be conducted in principle in accordance with existing legal documents, such as the law on the entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam, she said at a news conference on Feb. 17.
By February 16, a total of 14 countries and territories had recognized the Vietnamese vaccine passport. These are Japan, USA, UK, Australia, India, Belarus, Cambodia, Philippines, Palestine, Maldives, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Turkey.
A number of other partners are considering the recognition and will reply soon, she said, noting that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnamese representations abroad are working hard to obtain their recognition of the Vietnamese vaccine passport.
Vietnam has accepted vaccination certificates or vaccine passports from 79 countries and territories, which have been officially sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam News Agency reported.
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To enter Vietnam, travelers must ensure that:
- Be in possession of a passport with a validity of at least 6 months
- Be in possession of a full certificate of vaccination with the 2nd dose administered within 6 months, or a certificate of recovery from Covid within 6 months (for travelers aged 12 and above)
- Have a certificate of negative Covid-19 test result (Test taken within 24 hours prior to arrival in Vietnam in case of rapid test, or 72 hours in case of RT-PCR test)
- Be in possession of a valid Vietnam entry document (if required)
- Install at least 01 health management app as regulated by the Vietnamese authorities
- Have health insurance (to cover Covid treatment)
And upon arrival in Vietnam, they are subject to the following Covid testing and health monitoring regulations:
If you enter Vietnam by air for travelers:
- Those showing Covid symptoms should have a rapid Covid test when they land at the airport
- In other cases, they quarantine at their hotel or accommodation for a day until they have a negative Covid test result (rapid test or RT-PRC test).
- All would continue to monitor their health for 14 days under the Ministry of Health’s protocol.