International visitors will only need a quick test for COVID-19; if negative, they will be able to travel immediately. The above information was shared by the Director-General of the National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh with the press on February 21 in Hanoi.
To prepare to reopen tourism from March 15, according to Mr. Khanh fully, the National Administration of Tourism is rushing to finalize the plan to welcome visitors after March 15
Any travel agency can welcome guests.
All travel businesses that fully meet the current regulations on international travel business, according to Mr. Khanh, can participate in welcoming guests. Guests only need travel insurance covering at least $10,000 in COVID-19 treatment.
For tourists traveling by air, after fully meeting the requirements for tourists, after entering the country, do a quick self-test covid at the accommodation facility within 24 hours after entry. Passengers traveling by road or water can quickly test at international border gates. If negative, international visitors will immediately participate in tourism activities like domestic tourists.
Along with completing the plan to welcome guests and proposals to support businesses and employees in the tourism industry, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is also promoting activities to promote related ministries to increase the number of tourist attractions. National recognition of Vietnam’s vaccination certificate against COVID-19 vaccine to develop outbound tourism (bringing Vietnamese tourists abroad).
Mr. Khanh said that Vietnam currently recognizes this certificate in 79 countries and territories, while only 14 countries in the world recognize the certificate of vaccination for Vietnam. If outbound activities are limited, there will be an imbalance between departure and arrival guests, which will not be able to reduce the cost of flights or travel companies.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will also work with localities to inspect and review the quality of tourism products and the current state of facilities to improve the quality of the destination. Currently, Vietnam has 38,000 accommodation establishments nationwide with 700,000 rooms, including many high-class hotels, meeting the needs of international guests.
Proposing to continue supporting tourism businesses
Answering us, Mr. Khanh said that the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has and will propose to continue maintaining the business support packages that have been implemented, lasting until the end of 2023. These are financial support policies, credit, social security, and other policies such as reducing electricity bills for accommodation establishments such as electricity prices for production, reducing land tax, VAT, loan interest, freezing unpaid debts, providing guidance support tablets…
Currently, policies to support tourism businesses only have an 80% reduction in deposits for travel service businesses, which we will extend until the end of 2023.
Mr. Nguyen Quy Phuong – Director of the Travel Department (VNAT) – said that at the end of December 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has sent a document to the Ministry of Planning and Investment proposing the extension of the support policy. Tourism businesses until 2023. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will continue to persist with this proposal.
In addition to supporting policies from the Government, Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh said that the National Administration of Tourism would also work with localities, encouraging localities to have their policies to support tourism businesses in many aspects, from finance credit to support employees, and develop new travel products.
Essential to do are policies to support business reopening. “Tourism develops, it automatically attracts human tourism resources. When the door is fully opened, not turned on and off as before, I believe they will return to the profession,” said Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh.