Vietnamese travel agencies see strong recovery in outbound tourism

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Representatives of several tour operators said the number of Vietnamese tourists booking trips to Asia, the Middle East and Europe in March increased two to three times from last month.

Leading tour operator Vietravel said the company will take four tour groups to Dubai, three to Thailand, one to the Maldives and another to Singapore this month. He will also organize a tour of India by charter flight next month.

HCMC-based Pan American Travel said weekly tours to Dubai by April were fully booked.

As visa procedures are expected to take a long time, the company is planning tours in Europe, the United States and Australia next month, as visa procedures are expected to take a long time.

Hanoi-based Flamingo Redtours will take two tour groups to Dubai on April 28 and 30.

Nguyen Nguyet Van Khanh, deputy marketing manager at travel agency Vietravel, said his company was seeing positive signs in the outbound tourism market after many countries adopted open tourism policies.

Dubai, Thailand and the Maldives are favorite destinations for Vietnamese tourists due to easy visa procedures and exemptions from Covid testing and quarantine.

Ngo Van Thoa, director of Pan American Travel, said that as of March 10, more than 50 countries had abolished PCR testing on arrival for fully vaccinated tourists, including Croatia, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, l Germany, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

The European Union (EU) lifted its non-essential travel ban and allowed entry to all fully vaccinated travelers from outside the bloc, including Vietnam, from March 1. India is set to resume regular flights after two years from March 27 with travel rules relaxed.

In addition to organized trips, many solo travelers have flocked to travel abroad after Covid in recent weeks. On travel fan pages, more and more people are sharing tips for ensuring smooth travel in the new normal.

Vietnam is set to reopen full inbound and outbound tourism on March 15.

The country has resumed commercial flights to 20 of the 28 countries and territories to which it had direct flights before the pandemic.

Under current regulations, fully vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Covid-19 must self-isolate for three days after arriving in Vietnam.

Everyone except children under the age of two must have tested negative for the novel coronavirus using the PCR method no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

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