Confirmed cases: 1,343
Vietnam’s Prime Minister officially declared Covid-19 an epidemic in Vietnam on 1st February, 2020, then the country took swift and strict preventative measures to contain the virus. This decisive approach has been the hallmark of the country’s response thus far; Vietnam has not had any new community transmission cases since 2nd September, 2020; all recent confirmed cases involved people who arrived in Vietnam with Covid-19 and were sent directly to quarantine and isolated for treatment. Despite being one of the major global success stories in responding to Covid-19, Vietnam’s borders remain closed to the majority of foreign tourists at this time as a precaution.
There are some exceptions. Foreigners on diplomatic or official business and highly skilled workers are currently allowed to enter Vietnam. The country has also opened travel bubbles 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 has been lifted in cases where a visit lasts less than 14 days. The change is in line with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health’s promise to facilitate the “pursuit of dual goals to combat disease and ensure economic growth.” All visitors must meet specific health regulations and bring the required paperwork in order to be granted entry into Vietnam.
Many provinces that have been under lockdown have started to open up. Mask wearing remains compulsory on public transport and in airports. Social distancing rules have been relaxed in many cities but it is still recommended that visitors practice social distancing, alongside routine hand washing and the wearing of masks. Foreigners and residents in Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, and Hanoi are required to wear masks in public and may be fined for failure to comply. Vietnamese media has reported several cases involving fines for individuals not wearing face coverings in areas where strict social distancing requirements are in place.
The Panorama Destination Vietnam office has been put into ‘hibernation’ until further notice, or until the 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)