Airlines, travel firms propose reopening to international tourism in February
Major airlines, travel businesses and hoteliers have signed a petition to the Prime Minister proposing that Vietnam reopen its door to international tourism in February as opposed to April or May as scheduled.
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Among the signatories were Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, Vietravel, Saigontourist, Sun Group, Thien Minh Group, together the Private Sector Research and Development Board (Board IV).
They recommended that the PM assign the Ministry of Health in collaboration with relevant ministries and agencies to issue new guidelines that remove regulations on isolation and health monitoring at places of residence. Travelers are only required to receive two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have a negative test 72 hours before departure.
Reopening to international tourism will be an opportunity to create a breakthrough for the tourism sector, and at the same time facilitate investment and trade flows from other countries, reads the petition.
At the January 24 workshop in Hanoi, experts also shared the view that early reopening would present a unique opportunity to assist COVID-hit ailing businesses along with millions of workers in various sectors.
Vietnam is implementing a pilot scheme to welcome back foreign visitors to seven localities nationwide. The country has received more than 8,500 foreign visitors with vaccine passports from various markets such as Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States since mid-November, 2021.
The Government Office has issued a dispatch on the Prime Minister’s directions on building a roadmap to open the door to safely welcome foreign visitors.
Vietnam should reopen its door to international tourism sooner than initially scheduled in order to seize upon opportunities and avoid being left behind by regional rivals, experts suggested at a workshop held on January 24 in Hanoi.