When the pandemic erupted, the whole tourism industry was put on hold. Vietnam was not an exception. Hotels, restaurants, travel agencies had no choice but to close their businesses and have suffered great losses. It was not ideal for anyone to travel anywhere.
The first case of COVID-19 in Vietnam was confirmed on January 23. Since then Vietnam took every action possible to prevent the spread of the virus. Some methods were deemed extreme at the time. But looking at the situation now, those were the most effective ways to deal with the problem at the time. As of June 2020, Vietnam is one of the first countries that has been able to keep the spreading of the coronavirus under control. It’s been almost two months that Vietnam remains clear of community transmission. It is now safe for travelers to visit this beautiful country again.
The government has declared “The new normal.” It means that most economical activities can resume to normal. Stores that had to keep their doors closed during the quarantine period are now open for business. The same goes for locals visiting destinations across Vietnam.
In May, Vietnam decided to extend the E-Visa scheme to 80 countries. This will take effect from July 01, 2020. A list of the countries and territories which are eligible for E-Visa for future visits is available here. While borders remain closed until further notice, news like this did signal a positive move to welcome more international travelers to Vietnam in the future. Vietnam also plans to open borders to visitors from countries that have gone 30 days without any new cases of COVID-19. The first step could be the opens of a certain number of islands, such as Phu Quoc. Health measures will be carefully enforced to ensure the safety of both tourists and local residents.
Two of Asia’s most significant airport hubs: Hong Kong & Singapore – connecting a lot of flights to Vietnam – reopened to transit passengers from the beginning of June. Hong Kong Airport lifted transit bans from June 1 while Singapore Changi Airport is gradually reopening to travelers for transit from June 02.
Vietnam has been able to adapt itself to survive during the pandemic time. The quality of services has been upgraded. For example, hotels and restaurants pay more attention to providing more private settings to limit exposer and lower the risk of being infected by the virus. Food and drinks are prepared in an even better-controlled environment than it was before. This can add a more luxurious touch to your traveling experience.
More travelers are looking for a more private experience rather than an ordinary hotel to stay after the pandemic. Saffron Travel is collecting a list of high-end accommodations including villas, bungalows, and lodges in Vietnam for your reference. Stay tuned for our next blog.
Read our blog about the best time to travel to Vietnam at the link.