As of 2 April, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 2,617 cases of Covid-19. A total of 2,359 affected patients have already recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has recorded a total of 35 deaths due to the pandemic. More than 46,000 people (healthcare and frontline workers) have been vaccinated in Vietnam since the mass inoculation programme began on 8 March.
Vietnam is planning to expand the range of Covid-19 vaccines it provides, following some difficulties in in procuring the Oxford-AstraZeneca that was originally intended to arrive in a bulk of 1.1 million doses. Due to production issues, this shipment has been limited to 811,200 doses, expected to arrive in mid-April. Vietnam has approved the use of Russia’s Sputnik-V Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use.
On 12 March, Quang Ninh authorities reopened bars, nightclubs, video game centres, movie theatres, and karaoke parlours and welcomed back all tourists, except those from locked-down areas. On 23 March, authorities in Hanoi reopened all major businesses and services. Internet and online gaming cafes, as well as interprovincial bus routes in Hanoi were allowed to resume operations from 16 March. Ho Chi Minh City also allowed the same sectors to reopen from 19 March, but with preventive measures in place.
On 25 March, the nation welcomed its first international tourists in a year, with the arrival of a commercial service from Taiwan to Danang. Passengers were required to present a negative Covid-19 test result obtained 72 hours prior to departure, and then complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. The flag carrier is expected to resume some international flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with South Korea, Japan, and Australia from 3 April. New arrivals to Vietnam will be signed up to the Bluezone app, which helps track their movements and shows if a person has come into close contact with a Covid-19 patient.
Vietnam has also opened travel bubble arrangements with neighbouring investment partners such as South Korea, and resumed international commercial flights to Guangzhou, Taiwan, Seoul, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. The mandatory quarantine period can be waived in cases where a visit lasts less than 14 days. All visitors must meet specific health regulations and bring the required paperwork in order to be granted entry into Vietnam.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, Vietnam has offered an example of how to successfully curb and contain the virus. With consistently low cases and a speedy response to new infections, the country has been ranked in the top three out of almost 100 countries graded by the official Lowy Institute Covid Performance Index, which assesses the overall success and efficiency of each nation’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Panorama Destination Vietnam office has been put into ‘hibernation’ until further notice, or until the global Covid-19 situation has stabilised. We are working to ensure the safety of Panorama Destination clients when the country, and our operations, reopen. We have already introduced a set of health and safety protocols based on a dedicated Covid-19 policy and continue to work alongside the Government and with other DMCs in Southeast Asia, to ensure safe and standardised services for all returning visitors. Our offices in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia remain open. Panorama Destination will continue to provide the latest breaking news regarding Covid-19 and its impact on tourism via our social media channels:
(Please note that the Covid-19 situation continues to develop on an almost daily basis. All information above is accurate at the time of writing – for the latest updates, please refer to our social media channels, or get in touch directly)