Hopes that Vietnam was about to open its doors to international tourists suffered a setback as officials admitted Covid-19 waves Asia could scuttle their plans. Regional outbreaks cast doubt on plans to introduce a staggered reopening phase starting with travel bubble channels involving central Vietnam’s beach resorts.
According to a report in VietnamNet Global, Vietnam was planning to resume international tourism between July to September, focusing first on beach and golf resorts around Danang that were popular with tourists from South Korea during the pre-Covid-19 era.
Probing markets and maintaining safe travel measures such as Covid-19 testing while focusing on vaccinated travellers was on the agenda. It would have set the pace to open fully to international tourists during the last quarter of 2021.
Besides Danang, Hoi An and Quang Nam, some other localities also want to reopen to international tourists. Kien Giang Province says it wants to create a travel channel to bring in Russians to resorts on Phu Quoc Island with conditions such as limiting entry to those who have been vaccinated.
Vietnam has gained the upper hand over the pandemic and is speeding up the vaccination rollout. However, there are still worries that outbreaks in other countries could prevent the reopening of borders.0