Starting on January 1st, 2021 Vietnam will reopen to international tourism again! The Ministries of Vietnam accepted the plan during a December meeting.
This fantastic news now eliminates the centralized quarantine facilities for vaccinated passengers, allowing them to isolate themselves at their local accommodation (for an expected 7 days—Thailand is currently, 1 day self-quarantine for comparison). Another official announcement on the new rules will be made.
Air Routes and Departure/Arrival Airports
The rollout on airfare will likely offer routes between Vietnam and Beijing (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Vientiane (Laos), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), San Francisco, or Los Angeles (the United States).
Additional routes from/to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Sydney (Australia), and Moscow (Russia) are being considered.
During another meeting in December, the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam said:
- Fully vaccinated travelers can isolate themselves at home or accommodation of their choice for a specific period.
- Only those who are not vaccinated need to be kept in centralized facilities and be isolated there.
He has requested an official new guideline for international visitors quarantine to consider this change.
As always, if your country requires a visa to visa (not available on arrival), you’ll need to arrange for that prior to travel. United States citizens must obtain a visa this route from a visa-issuing company, of which there seem to be infinite supply. Try vietnam-visa.com.
Make your plans and book your flight and hotel reservations. It’s time to adventure again to Vietnam. Godspeed!