Vietnam has announced that 80 countries will be granted e-visas from July 1, 2020, positioning the country as one of the first to reopen its borders to tourists, following the worldwide pandemic.
Have you been craving adventure, culture, and delicious Vietnamese food?
Well, we have terrific news today, with Vietnam announcing that it’ll be opening its borders for tourism from 1 July.
People from 80 countries; including Australians, New Zealanders and British citizens will be able to apply for tourist visas from this date and start planning their next trip to Vietnam.
Domestic flights in Vietnam are now back in the sky, and Vietnam Airlines is reportedly in discussion with the Vietnamese government to resume some international flights in June.
Vietnam took all the necessary COVID-19 precaution measures at an early stage, and it managed to contain the virus, with only 326 cases in total (on May 26). The country is not almost clean of the virus completely.
When the country does open back up for tourism, travellers will be required to practice safe social distancing, wash hands regularly, keep hand sanitizer solution close by, and wear a mask.
The world is opening up again
With the Trans-Tasman bubble now looking like it’s a goer from September, New Zealand will most likely be the first country Australian’s will be able to visit. We’re also living in hope for the South Pacific bubble to be thrown into the mix at some point soon too.
In Asia, the Indonesian Government has also shared the welcome news that Bali may reopen to tourists from as early as October.
While the UK’s borders never actually closed, a 14-day quarantine for all incoming overseas travellers will be imposed from June 8.
Italy, Portugal and Greece will all be reopening for summer tourism in June, with no need to self-isolate on arrival, but with social distancing and hygene measures in place.
Spain is set to reopen for tourism in July, with France and Germany keeping an eye on the situation and reassessing their travel restrictions in June/July.
Iceland will be opening borders to travellers by June 15, with travellers required to take a free COVID-19 test upon arrival. If the passenger tests positive for the virus, they’ll be required to spend two weeks in quarantine.
So, things are looking up and travel is closer by the day; which is music to our ears!
However, please still be aware that there are still overseas travel bans imposed by the Australian Government, so keep an eye on Smartraveller to stay in the loop.
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