The Vietnamese government has announced that since May 15, Vietnam no longer requires international travellers entering the country to be tested for COVID-19.
The move came after the number of COVID-19 cases, serious cases, and Coronavirus-related deaths in the country have been declining since March 15 this year, according to an official document released by the office of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Friday.
Previously, on April 27, Vietnam lifted the requirement to complete a health declaration for international arrivals after removing its requirement for COVID-19 vaccine certificates and quarantine on March 16, shortly after reopening tourism to international visitors.
Vietnam is one of the most recent countries which has joined the growing list of countries that have gradually eased measures against the pandemic, VisaGuide.World reports.
Since Friday, Vietnam has administered more than 216.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and at the same time, nearly 68.7 million people have been vaccinated with at least two doses.
Moreover, since the beginning of the pandemic Hanoi-based Vietnam Airlines pandemic has accumulated a loss of almost $1 billion.
The Vietnamese government is also focused on maintaining a successful campaign of control measures, thus creating favourable conditions to promote socio-economic recovery activity. However, it remains unclear whether the country continues to ask for COVID insurance with a minimum coverage of $10,000.
As Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam promised at the end of March 15, with these new guidelines for COVID-19, international visitors entering Vietnam will be “treated the same way” as domestic visitors.
According to statistics published by Trading Economics, it has been revealed that in April 2022, international arrivals in Vietnam increased by 420.6 per cent from year to year to 101.4 thousand, compared to an increase of 115 per cent in the previous month, due to the lifting of restrictions.
Visitors from countries like Asia increased by 240.7 per cent, especially South Korea by 272.4 per cent, Japan by 319.1 percent, Taiwan by 172.2 per cent and Malaysia by 2,011.8 per cent.
Meanwhile, in March, in the middle of which month restrictions were abolished, international arrivals in Vietnam marked an increase of 115 per cent from year to year to 41.74 thousand, which compared to the previous month was an increase of 170 per cent.
This strong March figure was supported by a new tourism campaign launched by the government at the end of last year after accelerated vaccinations and ease of curbing COVID-19 and at the same time after the removal of the COVID-19 vaccine certificate and quarantine in March.