The central coastal city of Da Nang plans to receive domestic tourists from October 20 and international visitors in November, said Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Truong Thi Hong Hanh on October 13.

Authorities in Da Nang plan to welcome back fully vaccinated foreign visitors from next month as they seek to revive the tourism industry.

Truong Thi Hong Hanh, director of the city Department of Tourism, said his agency has submitted draft plans to the city administration for admitting two kinds of international visitors.

  • The first will comprise foreigners arriving in Vietnam on commercial flights for official and business purposes. They will be quarantined for seven days on arrival and told to monitor their health for another seven as mandated by the Ministry of Health.
  • The second group will comprise visitors from designated markets that have resumed tourism and instituted a vaccine passport program. They are required to book package tours with designated travel agencies.

Initially city authorities eye tourists from Russia and South Korea, which have resumed tourism activities and eased quarantine restrictions.

Currently South Koreans returning from Vietnam are exempt from quarantine while Russians only need to quarantine for seven days, Hanh said.

South Korean travel firms want to bring 200 tourists a week to Da Nang and Russian ones, 2,000-4,000.

Da Nang's Golden Bridge named a new world wonder
Da Nang’s Golden Bridge named a new world wonder

Da Nang authorities also plan to allow in domestic tourists from October 20 and are considering travel bubbles with other localities such as Quang Nam and Quang Ninh provinces from next month. Quang Nam is home to several popular destinations like Hoi An town, An Bang beach and Cham islet, and Quang Ninh to Ha Long Bay.

Vietnam is planning to switch from seeking zero Covid cases to responding safely to the disease so that socio-economic activities can resume after months of lockdowns.

Da Nang will host the Asian route development forum 2020 (Routes Asia 2022) from June 6-8, 2022 with the support of the IPP Travel Retail subsidiary of Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG) and Informa Routes.

Phu Quoc Sandbox Updates as of 18 October, 2021.

A pilot scheme will see Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province welcome select international tourists with vaccine passports to the island. The pilot phase in Phu Quoc will take place from November 2021 to March 2022.

Long Beach - Phu Quoc island
Long Beach – Phu Quoc island

Up to date, 100 percent of people over 18 years old in Phu Quoc have received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and more than 10 percent have received the second jabs. By the end of October, 100 percent of people over 18 years old is expected to have received two doses. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism will work with Kien Giang on implementing the pilot plan and deploying it to other localities in the future.

From some reliable sources, Korean tourists might be welcomed first in Phu Quoc island.

By the end of 2021, Vietnam will welcome foreign tourists back to other destinations, including Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, and Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, according to Vietnam News.