Vietnamese travel officials expect to welcome five million foreign tourists under the ongoing vaccination passport program in 2022, according to an industry source.
During a seminar on tourism recovery, Nguyen Trung Khanh, the head of Vietnam's National Administration of Tourism stated that the sector will aim to earn VND400 trillion ($17.5 billion) in revenue next year.
In more than a month since the country's partial reopening of international tourism, Vietnam has welcomed 3,500 tourists from abroad on special tour packages, following almost two years of closure due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
"This was a great encouragement for the tourism industry after more than 19 months," a report on the tourism ministry portal quoted Khanh.
The provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Kien Giang, and Khanh Hoa and the city Da Nang, home to several UNESCO heritage sites, has been accessible since mid-November to tourists under the vaccine passport trial program.
All foreign visitors need to provide evidence that they have been fully immunized or have recovered from Covid and that they are free of the novel coronavirus within 72 hours before departure.
They must also download and use the IGOVN and PC-Covid health declaration apps on their cellphones while in Vietnam, especially when entering restaurants and markets.
In 2021, Vietnam's tourism industry was still in a difficult time, Khanh said.
According to early figures, the sector has hosted 40 million domestic visitors this year, down 20%, with revenues of VND180 trillion.
The Vietnamese government reversed its zero-Covid strategy and reopened domestic tourism in early October in an effort to 'live safely with the virus'.
Vietnam attracted a record 18 million foreign tourists in 2019, before the outbreak of the pandemic. Last year, the number of foreign visitors was 79% lower than in 2018 due to travel restrictions.
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