From today (1/7), Vietnam has officially resumed inbound tourism operations, allowing foreign travellers to cross its borders for the first time since March, when the country closed due to COVID-19. Vietnam’s decision to revive their tourism sector comes after months of careful consideration, and will include a range of safety measures to safeguard travellers when they return.
In preparation for this momentous event, Vietnam began issuing e-visas to citizens of 80 countries worldwide at the end of May, with valid dates of travel beginning from 1st July, 2020. Citizens from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas are now permitted to enter Vietnam on a 30-day tourist visa, for which they can apply online.
The full list of countries eligible for the Vietnam e-visa can be found here. A total of eight airports, along with 16 land border gates and 13 sea border gates have been opened nationwide to allow all foreigners with the new e-visa to enter Vietnam.
Vietnam has been widely praised for its swift and decisive response to COVID-19. By immediately imposing travel bans and widespread testing, closing borders and isolating outbreaks of the virus, the country was able to curb and contain the spread of the virus, and now (alongside Thailand) becomes the first nation to officially reopen for business. Throughout the pandemic, the number of fatalities caused by COVID-19 in Vietnam has remained at zero.
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