Ho Chi Minh City wants to welcome international visitors at the end of this year

Ho Chi Minh City is expected to welcome international visitors applying the “vaccine passport” in three phases, from next December instead of 2022 as planned.

Ho Chi Minh City has just drafted a project “Organization to welcome international tourists to Ho Chi Minh City using ‘vaccine passports’ by the end of 2021 and 2022”. According to the draft, the plan to welcome international visitors will be implemented in three phases, expected to be piloted from December and expanded in 2022, without requiring post-entry quarantine, applying the “passport” mechanism vaccines”. Thus, Ho Chi Minh City has applied to promote international tourism this year, instead of 2022 as previously planned.

Phase 1, from December, piloting passenger pick-up under package travel programs, self-contained packages through international commercial and charter flights, by means of water travel in selected areas and service facilities in Ho Chi Minh City .

Phase 2, from January 2022, will expand the scope of international arrivals, allowing all qualified international travel agencies to serve guests to Ho Chi Minh City through charter and commercial flights. routine international trade, by means of water travel.

Guests can join programs that combine multiple destinations after completing a 7-day travel program in Ho Chi Minh City (in the immediate future connecting Kien Giang, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Quang Ninh) and have Some other localities can be added (if conditions are met and there is a proposal to welcome international tourists).

Stage 3, fully reopen to the international tourist market. The start time of phase 3 will be based on the actual epidemic situation and on the assessment of the results of the reception in the first two phases.

International tourists visited Ho Chi Minh City before the Covid-19 epidemic broke out in March 2020.  Photo:Tam Linh

International visitors visit Ben Thanh market before March 2020. Photo: Spirituality

According to statistics, in 2020, the number of international visitors to Ho Chi Minh City will reach 1.3 million (down 84.87% compared to 2019), mainly in the first 3 months of the year. From 2020 to September 2021, 171 international travel businesses have applied to withdraw their operating licenses, there are periods when more than 90% of tourism businesses closed or operated in moderation, over 60% of employees lost their jobs. job.

With a contribution of nearly 11% to the city’s GDP (in 2019), the damage of the tourism industry entails many sectors and industries indirectly related to tourism activities, which are also seriously affected.

According to the draft project, the implementation of welcoming international tourists to Ho Chi Minh City will gradually contribute to the recovery of the international tourist market to Ho Chi Minh City in particular and Vietnam in general. tourism and related economic and service industries.

Dinh Chuong

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