After nearly 20 months, Vietnam welcomes its first foreign tourists

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Twenty months after Vietnam closed its borders to contain the Coronavirus, international tourists began arriving in the Southeast Asian country.

State media reported that two charter flights transported more than 400 fully vaccinated Koreans and Japanese on Thursday (Nov 11) to Nha Trang, a southern resort city. The area is popular among golfers, beach lovers, and scuba divers and is home to luxury hotels.

Viet Nam is planning to reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc to vaccinated foreign visitors on Nov 20 – with hopes of welcoming at least 5,000 visitors in the coming months.

A foreign tourist seeking to enter Vietnam must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and a negative coronavirus test before departure.

After months of lockdowns, the nation is desperate to get its economy back on track. In March last year, the country’s borders were closed to international visitors, and there are almost no commercial flights to the country.

With only dozens of known coronavirus cases last year, Vietnam was widely praised for handling the pandemic.

But from April, the highly transmissible Delta variant took hold. Sadly, the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus took hold in April. Since then, Vietnam has recorded more than a million infections and almost 23,000 deaths as it scrambles to treat its 100 million inhabitants.

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