Vietnam is planning from December to reopen key traveler destinations to vaccinated visitors from countries deemed low Covid-19 risk, the government said on Wednesday, ahead of a full resumption targeted for June next year.
Vietnam imposed tight border controls at the begin of the pandemic in an effort to maintain out Covid-19, with some initial success, however that harmed its burgeoning tourism sector, which usually accounts for about 10% of gross domestic product.
Vietnam closing month introduced it would reopen the hotel island Phu Quoc for vaccinated travellers from November.
It will from December additionally allow travelers from approved countries to visit Unesco world heritage site Halong Bay and Hoi An, the highlands town of Dalat, and seashore destination Nha Trang.
“We are only open when it is truly safe,” the government said in a statement.
“We are moving step by step, cautiously however flexibly to adapt to actual situations of the pandemic.”
The cross follows similar steps taken by neighboring Thailand, which will next month expand locations in its pilot scheme to permit vaccinated visitors.
Foreign arrivals to Vietnam fell to 3.8 million last year down from 18 million in 2019 when tourism income used to be $31 billion, equal to 12% of GDP.
The united states are trying to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations, with just 13% of its 98 million people inoculated so far, one of the lowest prices in Asia.