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PM orders formulation of plan to welcome back intl tourists

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to quickly draw up a plan to welcome back international tourists.

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam is in charge of directing the development and deployment of the plan.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will coordinate with the Ministries of Health, National Defense, Public Security, Foreign Affairs, Transport and Information and Communications, other relevant agencies and localities to come up with the plan.

The prime minister also asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to hold seminars with experts, scientists and organizations to achieve a consensus on border reopening.

In addition, the safety of tourists should be prioritized to spread the message that Vietnam is a safe destination.

The governments of cities and provinces will coordinate with the Ministries of Culture-Sports-Tourism and Health and other relevant agencies to work out specific plans to reopen the country’s borders to foreign visitors.

Moreover, the healthcare capacity must be improved and solutions to ensure safety for tourists and respond to the pandemic must be deployed.

Over the past few days, enterprises and consulting units have repeatedly proposed reopening the country’s borders.

On January 18, the Private Sector Development Committee under the prime minister’s Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform and localities’ tourism management agencies and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism asked the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to consult with the relevant ministries over the resumption of tourism.

The Private Sector Development Committee, the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board and the Vietnam Business Forum have also written to the prime minister proposing reopening the nation’s borders to the world.

According to the proposal, Vietnam should lift all domestic and international travel restrictions from May 1.

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  1. March 30 should open – because International tourist needs time to plan for summer. Once open then only International tourist start plan holidays : apply for holidays at work – then apply visa – then book airline ticket – then book hotel-and make plans where to go . If Viet Nam open on May 1- summer season will be lost. Because not enough time to prepare. International tourist need 6-8 weeks to plan and arrange International holidays.


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