Saigon Looking To Welcome Foreign Tourists In December

Following the news that 5 areas of Vietnam will reopen to fully vaccinated, foreign tourists in November, officials in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) are hoping to join the reopening in December.

Main picture Ho Chi Minh City street scene credit Lynda Hinton on Unsplash

The Vietnam reopening pilot plan is split into three phases which will see Phu Quoc, Da Nang, Quang Nam Province (including Hoi An), Khanh Hoa Province (including Nha Trang) and Quang Ninh Province (including Ha Long Bay) opening first later in November.

The second phase, due to start in January 2022, was set to expand the permitted areas, but Ho Chi Minh City hopes to bring forward the reopening there.

The city Department of Tourism has drafted a plan which, if approved by the Vietnam government would see, foreign tourists from “low-risk” countries permitted back in the city from December for a quarantine-free stay.

Travellers would need to book package tours with approved operators and would only be able to stay in designated hotels and resorts.

The second phase of the Saigon plan would allow visitors to travel to other, approved, areas of Vietnam after completing a 7 day stay in the city from january 2022.

Around 8.6 million foreign travellers visited HCMC in 2019, many using the city as a stopping off point for a few days prior to travelling elsewhere in the country.

Source: VN Express International

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