Vietnam has like the rest of the world, been battling with the frightening impacts of the Covid-19 virus. As of March 22nd, all foreign nationals have been banned entry to Vietnam to prevent further spread of the virus. Although travel seems trivial in times like these, there will come a time again when Vietnam will open its doors to visitors like the rest of the world. Read our FAQ below for the latest information regarding Covid-19 in Vietnam and its impact on your plans to travel to Vietnam in the near future.
How many people test positive for COVID-19 in Vietnam?
As of March 23, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 116 cases of Covid-19. The latest cases were all linked to international flights.
The vast majority of cases in Vietnam are not severely effected, and stringent preparations for handling the situation began before the first person was even diagnosed. There are currently no reported deaths from the Covid-19 virus in Vietnam.
How is Vietnam handling the Covid-19 Pandemic?
Strict quarantine procedures are in place for those that have been in contact with anyone testing positive, or who have recently returned from high risk areas. There are a total of 52,000 people being monitored and quarantined throughout the country.
The vast majority of cases have been reported in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Most residents of these two cities are being told to remain inside as much as possible, only going out for necessities.
In Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, bars and restaurants are closed until the situation has stabilized.
Vietnam has been praised for its swift and urgent response to the crisis, which is considered to have prevented a worse outcome. A music video urging citizens to clean their hands properly even became a viral hit.
When will it be safe to travel to Vietnam?
The Vietnamese government like all others, can not speculate on an exact timeline for when travel to the country can resume.
Based on projections from the WHO, the virus is expected to peak around mid April. Hopefully, international flights into Vietnam will resume by the end of May.
Even after flights resume, there will most likely be severe travel restrictions in usually crowded spaces such as Halong Bay, Hoi An and more.
This article will be updated as soon as more concrete information from Vietnamese authorities is released.
What will be the effects of Covid-19 on tourism in Vietnam
There is unquestionably an opportunity to improve many areas in the travel industry in Vietnam during this hiatus.
Halong Bay has been completely shut down, giving it much needed time to breathe after years of excessive tourism. Hopefully authorities will use the time to rid the bay of plastic and other pollutants that have been accumulating over the years.
However for the millions of Vietnamese who rely on tourism for their livelihood, this will prove to be an incredibly difficult moment in their lives. The exact scope of the damage is yet to be understood, but it will leave sizable impact on the economy and most importantly peoples lives.
The best thing to do, is to visit Vietnam after the storm has cleared and help this vital industry recover and flourish once again.