First foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in new normal
PSNews - Under a pilot programme to welcome back foreign travelers after a hiatus caused by COVID-19. A Vietnam Airlines flight departing from the Republic of Korea (RoK) landed at Da Nang International Airport on November 17, bringing 30 foreign visitors to local destinations.
This is the first group of foreign travelers who have booked package tours to Vietnam under a pilot programme for vaccinated visitors.
Quang Nam is scheduled to receive another two groups of tourists flying from the RoK via flights on November 18 and November 25, respectively. The three flights will therefore bring a total of over 300 foreign visitors to Quang Nam province.
Nguyen Thanh Hong, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said this is a positive signal for the local tourism sector, contributing to promoting Quang Nam’s image as a safe destination for domestic and foreign visitors.
Holiday-makers coming to Quang Nam are required to be given two full shots of vaccines against COVID-19, and strictly follow COVID-19 prevention regulations of the locality and the Ministry of Health.
Vietnam has closed its skies to air travel to combat COVID-19 since late April 2020. The Government recently allowed five localities, including Quang Nam, to welcome back vaccinated visitors from abroad under a pilot programme.
Many other localities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Thuan have longed to receive back foreign travelers who bring a large amount of hard currency to local coffers. However, the move depends on the actual situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in their areas.