Vietnam eyes full reopening to tourists from next month
Vietnam's tourism ministry on Tuesday proposed a full reopening of the country to foreign visitors and lifting of nearly all travel restrictions from March 15, three months earlier than planned, News.Az reports citing Reuters.
The proposal, which will be submitted to the prime minister for approval, follows similar reopening steps taken by other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and the Philippines, where the Omicron COVID-19 variant has caused a recent spike in new infections, but fewer hospitalizations and deaths than previous variants.
The proposal includes maintaining a one-day quarantine requirement for visitors plus requiring negative COVID-19 tests before departure and on arrival.
Vietnam announced a record 31,814 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, adding to the more than 2.54 million infections so far. It has recorded about 39,000 deaths overall.
It imposed among the world's strictest border controls two years ago as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe.