Vietnam should open with simple visa policy

January 26, 2022 | 07:23 pm PT
Vietnam should open with simple visa policy
Foreigners arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC, March 18, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa
Many foreigners look forward to coming back to Vietnam soon, hoping for easy procedures.

"Opening flights between Vietnam and other countries can only be a first step. But it is even more important when there will finally be regular visas for entry again. From February 1st, Vietnam should open its borders to fully vaccinated people with a current PCR test. We fully vaccinated people do not increase the risk of coronavirus. But we need more transparency in order to be able to plan and book trips to Vietnam again soon. Package tours are not the solution to the problem, they are just a drop in the ocean."

"Go back to the normal visa process including pre approved online visas and visas on arrival and back to normal paid extensions for people wanting to stay longer. Control the flow of people coming in by limiting the number of flights if really needed but once you are able to book a ticket, obtaining a visa shouldn't be a roll of the dice."

"Until you can enter Vietnam on a $30 visa issued at a entry point as before, have proof of 2 vaccine shots and show a negative test reading at the departure point ONLY and scrap the health insurance requirement, next to no tourists will come here for holidays. Unless this happens tourist will just go the the countries that are fully open."

"Just decide to open up in early Feb, so me and my loved one don't need to go elsewhere (Thailand, Cambodia) to meet and reunite, all the money for the trip goes to Vietnam economy to help the society instead of going to other countries."

"Even if you opened up entry to 2019 conditions it would take at least 6 months to see any significant numbers as people plan ahead for vacations/business travel. So if you want decent numbers for Q3 and Q4 then open the doors now. If you wait until June then you are looking at 2023."
Chris Roberts

"We can wait for may 01 but open it to business and tourist once and for all with no paperwork that is asked now. Just deliver visa like before."

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