Vietnam travel restrictions for travellers, including British tourists, are set to be lifted three months ahead of schedule, although there are still Covid tests and vaccination rules in place
Vietnam is preparing to lift its travel restrictions for international tourists nearly three months ahead of schedule, meaning holidays could soon be back on the cards.
The country’s authorities have approved a proposal to lift border restrictions from March 15, marking the first full reopening to holidaymakers since March 2020.
Currently, Vietnam has suspended visa waivers and entry for foreign nationals, although it is open to a handful of tourists provided they join government-approved group tours.
This week it has already taken a step towards easing restrictions after the government lifted a ban on international flights.
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According to local state-run media, international tourism will be able to fully restart from next month, although entry requirements are still in place.
For starters, it will only reopen to fully vaccinated tourists, which means having received their full vaccination course within 12 months before the date of entry and at least 14 days before travel.
Those who can show proof of recovery from Covid will also be able to visit.
All travelers will also be required to take Covid tests before their flight; this can be either a PCR test within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test within 24 hours.
All arrivals will then receive a second test in Vietnam and will be required to self-quarantine overnight at an approved hotel while awaiting their results.
Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic, so if you’re considering a trip, always check the latest Vietnam travel advice before booking or going abroad.
Vietnam is not the only country looking to reopen its borders to tourists in the coming months.
Australia recently revealed it will welcome vaccinated Britons back from February, while New Zealand unveiled a phased reopening plan that could allow the majority of Britons to go on holiday from July .
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Meanwhile, a growing number of countries have scrapped Covid testing for vaccinated Britons, including popular European vacation spots such as Portugal, Greece and France.
The latest changes to UK travel rules have also eased restrictions for travellers.
Fully vaccinated arrivals no longer need to take Covid tests, meaning they simply need to complete a pre-departure form.
Meanwhile, self-isolation has been waived for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers, although they will still need to take a Covid test before departure or after arrival.
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