Vietnam is looking to fully reopen to tourists and medical travellers by 30 April 2022.
Vietnam had 18 million tourists in 2019, dropping to 3.8 million in 2020 and only 157,300 in 2021. It is likely that medical tourism numbers also took a dive from 350,000 in 2019 to very small numbers, if any, in 2021.
Vietnam closed its border and grounded all international flights in March 2020, only allowing entry for Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts and highly-skilled workers with certain quarantine requirements. In mid-November 2021, it welcomed the first wave of quarantine-free international travellers under a pilot tourism programme. 7,800 foreign tourists have arrived since the scheme was launched.
Only seven locations – Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dinh – are currently allowed to welcome international tourists under the government’s pilot scheme.
Vietnam could fully reopen to international tourists within months after the country’s Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, said the government was targeting a 30 April end to border restrictions.
Visitors are eager to return to Vietnam in safe conditions and Vietnam wants to show itself as a safe destination in the region and the world.
As yet there are no plans to target medical tourists.