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Vietnam Halts Covid-19 Test Requirement for International Travelers From May 15

Were those nose swabs all a dream?

COVID-19 tests are no longer required for entry to Vietnam since Sunday, 15 May, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính announced over the weekend. The decision was made in response to dropping infection and mortality rates in Vietnam and globally. Previously, all international arrivals had to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid test taken within 24 hours.

The move is the next step in Vietnam's gradual return to regular global travel. The country re-opened to foreign arrivals in mid-March after nearly two years of closed borders. That was preceded by the resumption of local entertainment, dining and transportation across the nation during the first quarter of 2022. 

The relaxed restrictions are expected to benefit the nation's tourism market which suffered greatly during the pandemic. Around 80% of workers in the industry were laid off during the past two years creating a shortage during re-opening. 

In addition to tourism across the nation, the country's aviation industry is eager for a recovery. Vietnam Airlines totaled losses of nearly US$1 billion from the start of the pandemic.

Local experts are stressing the need for structured strategies for developing tourism and catering to habits altered by the previous two years. Municipalities are exploring new tourism activities, such as unveiling a tourist street in Da Nang and sustainable homestays in Điện Biên Province.

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