November 24, 2022

Vietnam drops quarantine requirement for all international travelers

Vietnam on Wednesday announced the removal of the quarantine requirement for all international travelers. The move comes as it seeks to restart its tourism industry after two years of restrictions put in place due to the COVID pandemic.

Revealing more details on this, the country’s Ministry of Health issued a statement stating that the only requirement for visitors will now be to provide proof of a negative COVID test report. If reports are to be believed, Vietnam’s tourism sector was estimated at $32 billion per year before the pandemic, which came to a halt due to restrictions during the pandemic.

As the country began to take small steps to ease travel restrictions, reports suggest visitors have also been returning since November to holiday at resorts, under the bubble deals. Meanwhile, Vietnam also announced the resumption of 15-day visa-free travel for travelers from 13 countries, namely France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Spain, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Belarus.

According to reports, Vietnam is still reporting nearly two lakh new COVID cases per day, however, the Ministry of Health is of the opinion that the situation is under control and the additional hospitalization and death rates are low.

According to the Ministry of Health, this is mainly due to the high vaccination rate, with around 98% of its adults fully inoculated till date. In addition, the country is making every effort to deploy booster shots, while preparing to vaccinate adolescents and children.