HCMC – The central city of Danang is planning to reopen to international tourists on a trial basis from November this year after several months of pandemic hiatus.
The Danang Department of Tourism has submitted two pilot plans on welcoming domestic and international tourists to the municipal government for consideration and approval, Truong Thi Hong Hanh, director of the department, said on October 13, reported VnExpress.
The city is set to welcome two groups of foreign tourists from next month. The first group will include business tourists or Vietnamese people living overseas who enter Vietnam for official or diplomatic purposes and to visit their relatives or return home. The tourists have to undergo quarantine in line with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.
The second group will travel to Vietnam through tour packages from international markets that have tourism reopening policies and vaccine passport programs. The city would focus on the tourism markets of South Korea and Russia, Hanh said.
South Korea’s travel agencies are working with the department and have suggested operating two tours per week to bring 200 tourists to Vietnam. Some Russian tour operators also contacted the department and said they would send 2,000-4,000 visitors to Vietnam monthly.
The head of the city’s tourism authority hoped that international travelers would return to Danang once the Government reopens international flights.
As for domestic tourists, from October 20, the city will resume offering tourism services to local residents. From November, it will implement travel bubbles with the neighboring province of Quang Nam and the northern province of Quang Ninh first. Once the Government allows the resumption of all activities nationwide, Danang will receive tourists from across the country.
Danang has brought the latest Covid resurgence under control after reporting more than 4,900 cases since May 3. It has not reported any new locally-infected cases for 13 straight days and 55 of its 56 communes and wards are deemed as safe from Covid.