Published on: Tuesday April 19th, 2022
Vietnam is Southeast Asia’s most popular destination among South Korean tourists, with more than 4.3 million arrivals in 2019, nearly four times the number in 2015.
Boasting My Khe Beach, Da Nang has been voted as one of the two most popular summer tourist destinations by Korean tourists.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic that started in early 2020 has spoiled the passion of tourists around the world, including those from South Korea, who hoped to visit and enjoy the scenic beauties of Vietnam.
Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the two countries, Vietnam and South Korea have basically restored production and social life activities, bringing life back to the new normal state. Vietnam is one of the top six countries in the world to achieve vaccination coverage of 90% of adults and 75% of the population.
In November last year, the Vietnamese government authorized five provinces and cities to pilot the reception of foreign tourists, namely Da Nang, Quang Nam, KienGiang, KhanhHoa and QuangNinh.
From March 15, Vietnam decided to fully open its doors to foreign tourists and resume its visa-free policy for citizens of 13 countries, including South Korea.
Many scheduled and charter flights from Incheon, Busan and Daegu to Vietnam and back have resumed.
Hanatour Vietnam director Ryu Jae Sang described the Vietnamese government’s recent decision as a positive sign for Korean tourism companies to speed up their preparations for the resumption of tourism, adding that his company sold out its tour for the Festival of Korean children (May 1st) to many destinations in Vietnam.
Modetour Southeast Asia department head Lee Woo Yeon asked about what kind of tests Korean tourists have to take, rapid or PCR, and whether they receive support from local governments in case where they would contract the disease and be isolated and treated in their accommodation facilities.
Responding to Lee’s concern, Da Nang Tourism Department Director Truong Thi Hong Hanh made it clear that foreign visitors entering Vietnam must secure immigration requirements as prescribed; Currently, the tourist service system in Da Nang has been reactivated to rejuvenate products with the reopening of more than 70% of service sites, hotels, transport, tours, etc.
Da Nang’s beaches and leisure service facilities have been decorated and ready to welcome foreign tourists.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism officially released a plan on March 16 to resume tourism activities in the new normal context.
Entering Vietnam, visitors from 13 countries including South Korea with a stay of up to 15 days will be exempt from visa requirements, regardless of passport type and purpose of entry.
The only requirement for them is that they must meet all the conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws.
Tourists will only need to show their negative SARS-CoV-2 test result (except children under 2 years old) before their flight departure within 72 hours if using the RT-PCR/RT- LAMP, or 24 hours if they use the rapid test method for SARS-CoV-2 and are certified by the competent authorities of the countries performing the tests.
Tourism in Vietnam has in recent years won various successes with high honors by World Travel Award (WTA) such as Best Asian Destination 2019, Best Asian Food Destination 2019 and Best Asian Cultural Destination 2019.
Meanwhile, the ancient city of Hoi An also won the destination title of Asia’s Best Cultural City in 2019.
WTA Founder Graham E. Cooker said that Vietnam is increasingly contributing to global tourism in the direction of sustainability, and Vietnamese companies are investing to improve infrastructure, resorts and facilities more and more. higher quality hotel services, thanks to concerted training by tourism. businesses.
Tourist sites in Vietnam have made all the necessary preparations in terms of infrastructure such as services in leisure and accommodation facilities, tours, food, etc., and are now ready to welcome foreign visitors again. , including those in South Korea, to explore its “charm” as the 2022 summer tourist season is just around the corner.
Tags: COVID-19 pandemic, Tourism in Vietnam, World Travel Award (WTA)