In May, Vietnam experienced a rise in coronavirus cases, after many months of zero transmission. Now, five weeks into the new wave, Vietnam has recorded 4,597 local infections in 37 of its 63 cities and provinces. The government is tackling the new outbreak by mass testing at-risk groups in Ho Chi Minh City, with up to 100,000 people being tested every day. New social distancing measures are also being implemented to contain the spread. These began on 31st May and are expected to last for 15 days. Shops and restaurants have been closed, and all religious activities have been temporarily suspended.
According to a recent government pronouncement, “all events that gather more than 10 people in public are banned city-wide (in Ho Chi Minh City), but the city is considering to lower the number of people to just five.” Overall, Vietnam has registered just over 7,000 infections and only 47 deaths since the pandemic began, but the latest spike accounts for more than half of the total number of cases.
Vietnam has yet to begin mass vaccinations. On Monday (31/5), the government confirmed it will facilitate access to vaccinations for private programmes, which will open the door for companies and local authorities to procure doses from the health ministry or via 27 authorised importers and run their own inoculation campaigns. Just over one million people (around 1% of the population) have received at least one dose of the vaccine so far.
Despite the recent rise in Covid-19 cases, international flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will soon reopen, according to an announcement by Vietnam’s aviation authority on Wednesday, 2nd June 2021. The government initially banned international flights to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport for a week from Monday, 1st June and to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport until 14th June. As most of the country’s current Covid-19 cases are local infections and have already been contained, the risk – to and from – international travellers has been deemed to be negligible.
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.
Vietnam has 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.
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:
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