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Opening to welcome Korean guests, Da Nang removes barriers

Vietnam is the leading country in Southeast Asia in terms of the number of Korean visitors, with 4.3 million arrivals in 2019. Half of these are to Da Nang. Local tourism is looking to remove barriers to attracting more Korean tourists.

Talking at a recent forum about welcoming Korean guests to Da Nang, Mr. Ryu Jae Sang, Director of Hanatour Vietnam, Da Nang branch said that in 2019, before the Covid-19 epidemic occurred, Vietnam was a country ranked first in Southeast Asia in terms of Korean tourists visiting with 4.3 million arrivals. Half of these go to Da Nang.

“Last year, when the Vietnamese government agreed to receive foreign tourists to travel to 5 provinces and cities – many Korean tourists had plans to fly charters to Vietnam for tourism, including Da Nang. But the plan was canceled due to the Omicron mutation “- Mr. Ryu Jae Sang said.

The wave of millions of Korean tourists is about to flock to Da Nang
Overview of the Korean market

Recently, Vietnam has officially announced visa exemption and isolation exemption for international guests, including Korean visitors; South Korea also eases the 7-day quarantine for people entering the country and exempts people who have completed vaccination and have recovered from the disease. There are currently scheduled flights from Incheon, Busan, Daegu to Da Nang at the end of April, including charter flights and regular flights.

This is a good sign and Korean travel businesses are busy preparing for the reopening of tourism.

“We have sold tours on Children’s Day (Korea) to places, including Da Nang. Besides, there is a plan to organize a golf tournament in the Da Nang – Hoi An area, with the participation of Mr. 150 golfers in early May,” said Mr. Ryu Jae Sang.

Preparing for a new wave of tourism, Mr. Lee Woo Yeon – Southeast Asia Manager of Modetour Company wondered, if unfortunately a guest with a mild case of Covid-19 is isolated at a hotel, the Da Nang government can support? Do visitors to Vietnam have to do a parallel test, both a quick test and a PCR test to get a negative certificate, or just need one of those two test papers?.

“When the guest’s entry time expires in Vietnam, will the authorities support a quick test so that they can be confirmed negative when they return to Korea? How will the hospital be supported …” are the questions Mr. Lee Woo Yeon wants to be answered.

For the convenience of tourists, Mr. Lee suggested that, after entering Vietnam, the regulation of rapid testing within the first 24 hours should be abolished.

According to Director of Danang Department of Tourism, Ms. Truong Thi Hong Hanh, regarding the requirements for international tourists to Da Nang, according to Ms. Truong Thi Hong Hanh, there are detailed instructions at Plan to reopen tourism activities of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

“International visitors need to ensure the conditions on entry and exit according to Vietnam’s regulations and other relevant regulations when traveling in Vietnam,” said Ms. Hanh.

The Da Nang Department of Tourism informed that the system of services in the area has been reactivated to refresh the product with the reopening and re-operation of 70% of the service establishments in the area, hotels, transportation, travel…

The Department also requires all facilities in the city to have a plan to deal with mild F0 incidents at the hotel, severe F0 to the hospital. Develop basic information related to tourism and medical services, prices for testing and treatment related to Covid-19 with 21 ready-to-treat facilities…

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