When can you travel to Vietnam? Updated July 2nd, 2021
Vietnam Travel Reopening Updates: July 2nd, 2021
Due to a rigorous system of identifying, testing, tracing and isolation, Vietnam has been one of the very best nations in controlling the pandemic, which was first detected on January 23rd, 2020. Despite a recent upswing in infections in some of the Southeast Asian nations around it, Vietnam has been successful in controlling the virus. The nation of almost 100 million residents has reported only 17,052 cases so far, with 81 deaths.
When will Vietnam reopen for tourism?
Vietnam closed its borders for international tourism on March 22nd, 2020. As of now, no date has been announced for its reopening. Based on informal conversations with Vietnam’s tourism authorities, our Vietnam offices believe that their nation’s borders should open for tourists by the end of 2021. We do not recommend planning travel for dates before January.
Since April the Vietnamese authorities have been talking about a 3-step border opening for vaccinated arrivals, with the 3rd and last step being for general tourism. No dates for these steps have been disclosed as yet.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in Vietnam will initially require a combination of proof of a credible vaccination and some testing requirements, although it is possible that just one of these factors may suffice at some point.
Luxury Tour availability
Easy Tours offers escorted private luxury tours in Vietnam for travel dates starting from January 5th, 2022 with flexible terms as outlined below, although earlier dates can be tentatively booked for those interested in doing so. Easy Tours will not operate our Small Group Tours in Vietnam until at least February 2022 as, prior to that, we are not comfortable facilitating joint travel for guests who are not from the same household or family/friends circle.
Cancellation options related to Covid-19.
Cancellations due to freshly imposed entry or other significant travel restrictions by the Vietnamese Government: If Easy Tours is forced to cancel your tour due to entry restrictions imposed by the Vietnamese government, Easy Tours will inform our guests within 2 business days of our in-country offices becoming aware of this fact, and all guest payments will be credited towards future Vietnam travel with Easy Tours. Please note that this does not apply to international flight costs, the contract for which exists solely between the guest(s) and the airline.
Guest Decision to Cancel Travel: For travel ending by February 28th, 2022, if a guest decides that they are not comfortable in traveling to Vietnam for any reason, including the virus, they will have the option to have their payments credited for Vietnam travel before December 20th, 2023 as long as 45 days remain before their tour start date. If less than 45 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are after February 2022, our standard cancellation costs will apply, and refunds, if any are applicable, will be processed according to our standard terms and conditions. Along with our luxury hotel partners, we expect tourism to boom from early 2022 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these three protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Lodging: We only offer the top luxury hotels and resorts, all of whom have established, and proven, a very strong commitment to the wellbeing of guests and staff. This currently includes daily screening of all staff, screening of incoming guests, very vigorous ongoing sanitizing procedures and practices, availability of on-call physicians, and a lot more.
2. Guides: You will be assigned one Accompanying Tour Director who will greet you when you arrive, and then facilitate all your activities, including serving as your expert guide, throughout your time with us. Our previous guests know that Easy Tours has the best Tour Director’s, and these colleagues will be screened before starting their services with you.
3. Vehicles and chauffeurs: Your vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each morning, and hand sanitizer will be available to you in your vehicle at all times. You will have the same chauffeur and vehicle throughout your tour, unless your tour includes multiple regions/countries that require a flight.