One by one, Southeast Asian countries are ready to open their doors to foreign tourists, including Vietnam . The country’s authorities have announced that they will lift almost all foreign travel restrictions by March 15, 2022.

However, there are a number of requirements that foreign tourists must meet before visiting Vietnam. Check out the full terms and conditions reported by The Points Guy , Wednesday, February 23, 2022, below.

1. Proof of vaccination

All visitors to Vietnam aged 12 and over must show proof of full vaccination or recent recovery from Covid-19 to enter the country. To be considered fully vaccinated, a person’s last dose of Covid-19 vaccine must be administered within 14 days and six months after departure, according to Vietnam’s National Tourism Administration. Tourists can also show documents certifying recovery from Covid-19 in the six months prior to arrival.

2. One day test and quarantine

Tourists over the age of two years must show a negative Covid-19 test result in the form of an RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test carried out within 72 hours or a rapid test carried out within 24 hours. In addition to the pre-departure test, tourists must take a second rapid test within 24 hours of entry and quarantine until receiving a negative result.

3. Travel insurance

Tourists must have and show proof of health or travel insurance with a minimum obligation of US$10,000  to cover costs related to Covid-19.

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Reporting from Travel Daily Media , before the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam had waived visa requirements for tourists, including Indonesia. Since November 2021, the country has allowed foreign tourists to visit a number of places as part of its trial program and policies to ease restrictions.

The government is considering strict virus prevention measures in October 2021, after seeing a severe downturn in its economy due to the national lockdown and other restrictions.

The new announcement comes during the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country. On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Vietnam reported more than 30,000 new cases per day for the first time.

Many countries, including much of Europe, are already relaxing testing rules to reassure tourists worried about the consequences of testing abroad. Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines are among Asian countries that have reopened their borders.

These countries are trying to ease that burden or concern by no longer requiring any testing for those who are fully vaccinated. This refers to a recent decrease in hospitalizations and deaths.

Vietnam imposed strict border controls at the start of the pandemic in an effort to prevent Covid-19. This effort is not without consequences. With some initial success, the policy has hurt the growing tourism sector.

Tourism typically accounts for about 10 percent of Vietnam’s gross domestic product. In September 2021, Vietnam announced it would reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc to vaccinated tourists from November 2021.

By Jaya