Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh all plan to welcome international tourists that are fully vaccinated since November. Quarantine would not be required. This would be the first step in Vietnam's months-long plan to resume inbound foreign tourism.
Accordingly, visitors flying to the above localities would have to confirm their destination and place of stay in advance, while also testing negative for COVID-19 before traveling anywhere else.
As of this writing, details on exactly where in these areas tourists will be able to visit are not clear, nor is it known exactly how visitors — who will have to be fully vaccinated — will fly to Vietnam.
The most advanced planning is focused on Phu Quoc Island, which is in Kien Giang Province. Officials had originally hoped to open the island as a "sandbox," similar to Phuket, this month, but plans were delayed due to low vaccination rates on the island.
From January 2022, more parts of the country will be allowed to welcome tourists, but this will be dependent on the pandemic situation in a given province or city by then. A complete reopening of the tourism sector is expected through the second quarter of 2022, again under the assumption that the pandemic is controlled domestically.