Vietnam plans to fully resume tourism in 2022

25, October, 2021

Vietnam plans to fully resume tourism in 2022

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that the roadmap for opening and restoring international tourism activities must be urgent, but must fully ensure regulations, scientific and safe implementation.

On the afternoon of October 21, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam chaired an online meeting with leaders of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and localities: Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh on the plan to welcome international tourists in the new situation.

Recently, the COVID-19 epidemic has complicated developments in some localities, negatively affecting the tourism industry. The number of international tourists, as well as domestic tourism, decreased significantly compared to before the epidemic appeared. Tourism revenue declined, many accommodation, dining and travel establishments had to temporarily close.

In order for tourism activities to be restored effectively after the epidemic and adapt to the new normal, Vietnam's tourism industry needs to build a more flexible and sustainable development model in which localities and tourism Tourism enterprises play a key and important role.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet said, along with Kien Giang, some other localities such as Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh have developed plans to restore international tourism activities.

In which, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam and Da Nang have submitted to the Prime Minister for permission to welcome international tourists in November, provided that 2 doses of vaccine have been administered to workers and tourists. all-inclusive package, staying at selected hotels and not coming into contact with the residential community.

Based on the proposal and the actual situation of each locality, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposes orientation and roadmap for reopening international tourism activities including 3 phases.

Phase 1 (from November 2021) piloting international arrivals under packaged tourism programs through charter flights and commercial flights in Phu Quoc city (Kien Giang), Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa), Quang Nam, Da Nang.

Phase 2 (from January 2022) will expand the scope of international tourists, connecting destinations through regular charter and international flights.

Tourists can participate in tourism programs combining multiple destinations after completing the tour program at the first destination within 7 days, immediately connecting Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa). Hoa), Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh.

Phase 3 (from the second quarter of 2022) fully reopens to the international tourist market on the condition that the epidemic prevention and control plans are ensured as prescribed.

At the meeting, leaders of localities, ministries and branches focused on discussing a number of key tasks to reopen international tourism activities, such as: Regulation of conditions for international tourists to Vietnam; promulgate the visa issuance process, entry and exit process for international tourists to Vietnam; issuing flight permits, ensuring safety during and after flights for tourists; regulate the process of serving international tourists; organizing communication, promotion, advertising, building products to serve tourists.

Active, flexible, but safe

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that the roadmap for opening and restoring international tourism activities must be urgent, but must fully ensure regulations, scientific and safe implementation.

For phase 1 (from November 2021), the reception of foreign tourists to the five provinces of Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh must clearly state the destination, tourist area, holiday specific care. For example, international visitors to Phu Quoc (Kien Giang province) are not the entire island, but have specific regulations on which locations.

Visitors who complete the tour program at the first destination within 7 days, want to continue to go to other destinations, must test for Covid according to regulations of the Ministry of Health.

For phase 2 (from January 2022), in addition to the 5 localities mentioned above, other localities can register to pilot welcome foreign tourists in accordance with the vaccine strategy and disease control situation in the locality. In case some localities are fully qualified and ready to participate in phase 2 before January 2022, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will consider and decide.

The full opening of the tourism sector needs to be specifically based on the epidemic situation, the lessons and experiences that have been drawn and summarized from the implementation of phase 1 and phase 2.

"Foreign tourists entering Vietnam must be safe from the disease, have had enough vaccinations, or have recovered from the disease within 6 months, and be fully tested according to the regulations of the Ministry of Health," said the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Deputy Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to assume the prime responsibility for, and closely coordinate with ministries and branches, to urgently develop and issue documents guiding the reception of tourists in the early stages for localities to base on that implementation.

The People's Committees of provinces and cities shall base themselves on this guidance to decide to apply measures and conditions to ensure safety and control the epidemic when welcoming foreign tourists. All measures and conditions to ensure disease safety must be made public for tourists to know before deciding to visit the locality.

As for entry procedures, the Deputy Prime Minister requested to continue to comply with current regulations and organize immigration work for tourists smoothly and safely.

Digital epidemic safety applications for international tourists to use during entry, exit and stay in Vietnam should be simple, convenient and easy to understand.

The Ministry of Health shall specify the time, method and type of testing for international visitors; training for staff at hotels, resorts, destinations, etc. to guide and supervise visitors to take samples for self-testing.