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Vietnam Reopening For Tourism: Everything You Need To Know

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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.

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Citizens from 80 countries will be allowed to get an e-visa from July 1, the government said in a resolution signed on Monday.

Vietnam Reopens To International Tourists Starting July 1st

The 79/NQ-CP resolution was issued in line with the Law on Foreigners’ Entry Into, Exit From, Transit Through and Residence in Vietnam.

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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.

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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

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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.

Busy Hoi An Ancient Town

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

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Hash

Monday 24th of August 2020

I have pinning on Bali but they don't want to open up. Do you think Vietnam could open in November?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 24th of August 2020

No one knows, It's all a guessing game. We will just have to wait and see

Edward Le

Sunday 26th of July 2020

I need to get back as my family is waiting. When will they possibly open. I am not a Vietnamese citizen.

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 26th of July 2020

We do not know at this time

Harry Cameron

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Seeing the comments above, is it true that the borders are not yet open to foreigners for tourism? This is what other websites have said but am just triple checking! Thanks for a useful article!- appreciated!

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Yes they are not yet open

Kevin Oberholtzer

Monday 29th of June 2020

This story is Inaccurate. As of this morning, Vietnam will not be opening until the middle of September.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 29th of June 2020

We updated with the ban still on. All that was announced this morning was a proposed travel bubble, but it hasn't been made official yet. Thanks for the tip!

xiuchers

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

The new law is regarding the increase of countries eligible for an evisa, from ~40 to 80, and the addition of a few extra ports where the e-visa could be used.

There's 0 news of the borders actually opening. It's clearly stated in the bill passed by the PM.