Are you considering Vietnam as your next tourist destination, but you’ve never been to the country, and you don’t know what to expect? Would it be pleasing to see that you have chosen rightly? If it were possible to pack your bags today and travel down there, it wouldn’t be a rash decision.
Unfortunately, Vietnam borders are currently closed to tourists due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So, you might not be able to enter the country, or can you? Have you heard about the Cambodia Vietnam border? Is it advisable to take that route, during this period, as a tourist?
Find the answer to these questions and some others as you read on.
Reopening of Vietnam borders to tourists
Vietnam is one of the most attractive places to visit. It boasts of compelling history, culture, and several gorgeous sceneries offered by nature. It is one of the countries blessed by Mother Nature, offering it serene beaches, mountains, terrace, and several breathtaking landscapes. As a result, tourism contributes to at least 12% of the country’s GPD.
However, with the Covid-19 outbreak, Vietnam closed its border. It suspended entry to all foreigners since March 22 to limit the spread. The border closure is until further notice but will not apply to government officials, diplomats, foreign investors, and skilled workers. Tourists do not have a chance in the exemption list.
The Current Situation for Travelers due to Covid-19
Since July 1, Vietnam started issuing e-visas to citizens from 80 countries across the world. According to the government website, visitors from these countries can enter the country via land at 16 international borders, including the Cambodia-Vietnam border.
You can also enter from eight international airports or via 13 ports across the country, all listed on the government official website.
However, this provision does not mean borders are opened, but it’s an indication that they are planning to do so soon. Reopening for tourism activities depends solely on the approval of the Vietnam government.
As of now, the Vietnam government hasn’t made a formal announcement. However, it might happen soon. Be sure to check regularly, so you’ll know when it’s safe to travel for tourism purposes.
Visa and Places to Visit once it is Safe to Travel
Once it’s safe to travel, you’ll need a passport that’ll remain valid for at least three months after your date of entry. You’ll also need to carry a valid visa which you can get at the Vietnam embassy in your country, or you get it on arrival.
So, where are the beautiful places to visit? That’s a huge question that’ll take a whole new guide to answer. However, to give you hints, check out sites like Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, etc. all in the Northern part of the country.
In the central part of the country, places like Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, and several others have great things to offer. Finally, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc Island, and several other places in the South are ready to welcome tourists.
Vietnam is always willing to accommodate visitors and tourists. However, the current situation doesn’t permit. If you desire a first-time trip to Vietnam for tourism purposes, it’s best to wait till borders are officially open and ensure you have all the needed papers for smooth entry.