Important Update June 24:
The Vietnamese Prime Minister reaffirmed June 24 that Vietnam will continue to suspend entry into Vietnam to all foreigners, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate. Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country at this time.
The original news reported was an update to the e-visa program.
The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on approval of the Vietnam federal government. Be sure to check with local and state authorities before traveling.
At this time, there has not been a formal announcement from the Vietnam government. They did however update their eVisa program to include more countries and goes into effect on July 1st.
Vietnam updated their visa program and will start issuing e-visas to citizens from 80 countries according to Vietnam's government website.
According to the government website ‘Visitors with e-visas can enter Vietnam at eight international airports, or arrive via land at 16 international border gates and via sea at 13 ports across the country” as per the resolution.
Citizens from 80 countries will be allowed to get an e-visa from July 1, the government said in a resolution signed on Monday.
The 79/NQ-CP resolution was issued in line with the Law on Foreigners’ Entry Into, Exit From, Transit Through and Residence in Vietnam.
Tourism accounts for 12% of GDP in Vietnam and will be one of the first Southeast Asian nations to start to revive its economy with international tourism.
Vietnam recorded a 98 per cent drop in visitors this April compared to 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but its success in fighting the virus — posting only 324 cases and no deaths despite sharing a border with China, the initial hot spot — now sees it set to breathe life back into its tourism industry.
The resolution also details eight airports, 16 land border gates, and 13 sea border gates where foreigners can enter and exit Vietnam with an e-visa.
The eight airports are:
Noi Bai in Hanoi
Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City
Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa Province
Da Nang in the namesake city
Cat Bi in Hai Phong
Can Tho in the eponymous city
Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province
Phu Bai in Thua Thien-Hue Province
The 16 land border gates include
Tay Trang in Dien Bien Province
Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province
Huu Nghi in Lang Son Province
Lao Cai in the namesake province
Na Meo in Thanh Hoa Province
Nam Can in Nghe An Province
Cau Treo in Ha Tinh Province
Cha Lo in Quang Binh Province,
La Lay and Lao Bao in Quang Tri Province
Bo Y in Kon Tum Province
Moc Bai and Xa Mat in Tay Ninh Province
Tinh Bien and Song Tien in An Giang Province
Ha Tien in Kien Giang Province.
Vietnam discovered its first COVID-19 infection in early January.
Now, this country of 96 million people has reported a mere 324 confirmed total cases and zero deaths. Having earned high praise for its effectiveness in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, Vietnam is now one of the first countries to ease social distancing measures and reopen its society.
Vietnam welcomed a record number of international arrivals in 2019, reaching over 18 million, up 16.2 percent against 2018, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism