Hanoi – Some Vietnamese airlines, travel
companies and hotel businesses have proposed the Prime Minister announce the point
of time for resuming international tourism in the country right in February.
The urgent petition was jointly signed by Vietnam Airlines,
Vietjet, Bamboo Airways, Pacific Airlines, Vietravel Airlines, Hai Au Aviation,
along with major travel and hotel firms – Vietravel, Saigontourist, TMG, Sun
Group, and BIM.
They said the impressive results in the largest-ever
vaccination campaign have provided a particularly important basis for Vietnam
to accelerate economic recovery and reopen the aviation and tourism sectors to
The country has been piloting the hosting of international tourists in seven localities, but this pilot programme has
served only 8,500 visitors over the last two months, they said, pointing to
strict procedures and calling for regulations and policies to be swiftly
aligned to the new context.
The firms cited opinions at the January 24 workshop between
the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and representatives of other
ministries, localities, and businesses as saying that if Vietnam issues the message
of “reopening” at this point of time, it will be a huge opportunity for the
tourism sector to not only revive but also make a breakthrough compared to
regional countries and considerably help smooth investment and trade flows
between Vietnam and other nations.
the PM announce the point of time for international tourism resumption in the
country right in February, when all restrictions of movement into or out of Vietnam
are lifted, so as to give a strong boost and help localities as well as
transport, accommodation and travel companies proactively make preparations
though the complete reopening could be no sooner than March 31 or April 30.
Apart from the restoration of all unilateral and
bilateral visa exemption and e-visa programmes, the businesses recommended the
Government consider expanding the visa exemption to tourists from the key and
strategic markets such as the entire Europe, Australia, and North America. They
also appealed for extending the visa exemption duration from 14 days to 30 days
to match the trend towards longer holidays./.