With travel news lately, every day feels like a birthday. Each morning brings news from around the world of another country opening restriction free travel, or opening after years of closure to the world at large.
After signaling its intention to reopen to foreign visitors last month without any travel quarantine or restrictions, Vietnam is following through with plans. In an exciting plot twist, the changes are effective immediately.
Effective immediately technically means you could fly today, but some yet to be clarified policy details mean you might want to wait a few days. Here’s what’s going on with travel to Vietnam, and what you’ll need before departure.
Vietnam Reopens Travel
Put simply, Vietnam is wonderful. The food, with fresh herbs that smack you in the face before even chomping down, only makes it all the more wonderful.
The country was understandably quick to close in 2020, and remained tightly sealed until announcements in February 2022 letting travelers know of its intentions to open at the first opportunity.
Well, that first opportunity is here. On March 15th, Vietnamese officials proclaimed that effective immediately, all quarantine and previous border restrictions are officially dropped.
Visitors previously able to enter on a waiver, or visa on arrival program can once again do so, with only one passenger locator style for to fill out. The form could be dropped in the coming days. ABC Australia reports it may already be on the chop.
“We are not just reopening tourism but also international trade and international exchange from March 15, as it used to be before Covid-19.The spirit is that we will not treat foreign tourists and local people differently, in terms of pandemic precaution measures,”Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam
Official details are scarce with this surprise announcement, but one Covid-19 test prior to departure is thus far said to be the only remaining requirement. As stated by the Deputy PM, once in Vietnam, all arrivals will be treated equally.
Update: Vietnam has dropped its Covid-19 testing requirement, effective May 15th.
Exciting Times For Travel To Asia
Europe always remained somewhat accessible during the pandemic, and in recent months, North America started to follow along as well. Africa and the Middle East were also relatively open.
But Asia mostly was not. Thailand was among the first, with a slew of restrictive travel protocols, followed by Singapore and Cambodia, but that was about it. With Vietnam on the list, and India issuing 500,000 free visas to stir up interest, the plot is thickening.
If you thought it would be 2023 before you had a chance to see Asia again, think again.