Vietnam has allowed the entry of foreign tourist into the country with two hundred vaccinated foreign tourists arriving in its beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc. The arrival marks the first wave of international tourists to the country in nearly two years as it seeks to resurrect its coronavirus-ravaged economy.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam had imposed tight border controls in an effort to keep out the Wuhan Coronavirus; while this kept the virus at bay, it harmed its burgeoning tourism sector, which accounts for around 10% of its gross domestic product.
Fully vaccinated tourists will not have to undergo mandatory two-week quarantine, said authorities; although they are required to enjoy their holiday only inside the mega complex resort Vinpearl; they will be tested twice during their trip.
“This is the first and vital step to revive our tourism sector and to prepare for the full resumption next year,” said Nguyen Trung Khanh, chairman of the country’s tourism administration. “We want to offer tourists a new experience amid new normalcy which they can live fully in Phu Quoc and then live fully in Vietnam”.
The island expect to see 400,000 domestic and international tourists by the end of this year. Other Vietnamese destinations including UNESCO world heritage site such as Hoi An and Danang beach and others will also allow international tourists.
Vietnam, which has inoculated more than 50% of its 98 million citizens, is seeking to resume international commercial flights from January 1, 2022 and is eyeing the full reopening of its tourism industry from June 2022.