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Proposals of visa exemption for vaccinated foreign tourists to Vietnam

December 24, 2021

To encourage international tourism, Khanh Hoa’s deputy chairman advocated that the government grant visa exemptions to foreign visitors visiting Vietnam during the vaccination passport pilot program.

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Proposals of visa exemption for vaccinated foreign tourists to Vietnam

Together with Da Nang, Kien Giang, Quang Nam, and Quang Ninh, the central province, which is the place of residence of popular seaside resorts Nha Trang and Cam Ranh, is one of five places authorized to welcome back international visitors beginning in November.

Le Huu Hoang, vice chairman of Khanh Hoa, claimed that European and Russian visitors frequently desire to stay longer and might remain in Vietnam for up to 20 days. After finishing their seven-day vacation package in this tourist attraction, they would like to explore other places that accept international visitors, he said during a meeting with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Sports on Monday, according to Voice of Vietnam.

The vice chairman remarked that it is vital to offer simplified visa procedures in order to deliver a high quality environment for international visitors visiting Vietnam.

Over 9,000 international visitors from South Korea, Japan, Russia, the Philippines, and Cambodia are anticipated to visit Khanh Hoa by the end of this year as part of the vaccination passport trial.

In March 2020, to minimize the propagation of COVID-19, Vietnam suspended all foreign immigration, until further notice. The country closed its borders to outsiders and grounded international planes, allowing only Vietnamese repatriates, foreign specialists, and highly qualified workers to enter.

Beginning in November, Vietnam proposes to allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors in certain places such as Phu Quoc, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and others under a three-phase strategy. The second phase would resume in January 2022, with additional places being added to the list, with a complete reopening scheduled for June or July 2022.

On November 11, Khanh Hoa received two aircraft transporting 429 people from South Korea and Japan. Kien Giang and Quang Nam welcomed their first groups of foreign tourists after two years due to the contagious disease.

The Immigration Department of Vietnam has announced automatic visa extensions until November 30, 2021, for foreigners who arrived in the country on visa waiver programs, e-visas, or tourist visas on March 1. The legislation applies to people who entered Vietnam after March 1, enabling them to leave without penalty or documentation until November 30, 2021.

Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, the nation only granted visa exemptions to tourists from 24 countries and territories, including ASEAN members. Since the epidemic began last year, Vietnam has prohibited visa-free entry for a certain number of nations.

Vietnam has temporarily recognized COVID-19 vaccine passports or certificates from 72 countries with the aim of promoting the entry of fully vaccinated foreign arrivals.