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Is Vietnam a truly safe destination for travelers?

by Victoria

Vietnam is a country that shares a common border with China, welcoming a huge number of Chinese tourists every year. Therefore, it is quite difficult to avoid infection with the neighboring country and becomes a big concern for foreign visitors who intend to travel to Vietnam. So how safe is this country in the middle of the novel Coronavirus outbreak?

Are there any cases of Covid-19 infection in Vietnam?  Is it safe to travel in Vietnam during Covid?

Vietnam’s first Covid-19 infection was reported on January 23, 2020. After this case, in the first outbreak, Vietnam continued to report more new cases originating in Wuhan. The government of Vietnam quickly quarantined cases of close patient communication and zoning of infection. Therefore, all people believed that Vietnam can control the Coronavirus outbreak soon and there might be only a slight increase in the infected cases until the summer comes and high temperature can limit the virus.

Unfortunately, in the summer, after 99 days without no new Covid-19 patient found in the public, Da Nang – one of the biggest cities in Vietnam and an important tourism center become the new outbreak with hundreds of Coronavirus infected cases were found right at the middle of the domestic tourism season. All the country freaked out at that time with the worry of a strong comeback of the disease due to the evolution of the virus. Luckily, thanks to the fast reaction of the government, Da Nang is now opened and all city’s activities work as normal. 

Until now (16. 11.20), Vietnam has 1283 cases and 35 deaths, of which 1124 were cured, others are believed that they will be cured soon and all are in stable condition. Corona pandemic has been temporarily controlled in this country.

As an action to prevent the development of a Coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam, the Vietnamese government restricted all international flights and shut down all border gates, no one is allowed to in and out the country except for diplomatic condition and aid flights. Many tourists are traveling at popular destinations like Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, etc. and they do not really worry about the Coronavirus as it seems like the outbreak has not happened in Vietnam and the number of infected cases is really low. Some international economic flights are opened between Vietnam and some Asian countries where the disease has been controlled well such as Japan (Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh – Tokyo), China (Ho Chi Minh – Guang Zhou), Korea (Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh – Seoul, Taiwan (Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh – Taipei), Laos and Cambodia., the priority entry includes only diplomatic cases, civil servants, experts, senior workers, employees of key projects, and their family members. People returning to Vietnam on international flights must be quarantined in at least 14 days when coming to Vietnam during this time.

Where to travel in Vietnam during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Some scientific studies have shown that Corona virus thrives most strongly in conditions of below 25 degrees Celsius. Northern Vietnam – where the border is common with China is now winter with relatively low temperatures,  So if you want to travel with confidence, choose the destination in the South and the South Central of Vietnam where the average temperature is about 30oC, the weather is sunny, warm, and dry.  Some of the famous tourist attractions here are Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, and Phu Quoc Island…

1. Mekong Delta

The unique feature of the Mekong Delta is the interwoven canals between riverside gardens, tens to hundreds of hectares wide, forming a natural ecosystem suitable for life.

Floating market on the river is also a unique feature that you definitely should not miss when coming to Mekong Delta.  This place is a concentrated area to buy and trade agricultural products and fruits of the region.  The market is extremely active every morning.  There are hundreds of different large and small boats going up and down to trade on the riverbed.  A variety of farm produces for sale hung from the pole in front of the bow.  When immersed in this bustling atmosphere, visitors can also learn about the lives of families who live daily on boats.

2. Mui Ne beach

Mui Ne tourism is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists with beautiful natural landscapes, romantic green beaches and affordable prices.  Mui Ne is about 22km northeast of Phan Thiet city. It is famous for its long stretches of white sand, blue sea and curvy coconut trees.  Not only that, when traveling in Mui Ne, you also have the opportunity to admire the beautiful natural scenery and have the opportunity to learn about the community of Chinese and Cham people.

3. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is a beautiful archipelago located deep in the Gulf of Thailand, Kien Giang province.  In the southern waters of the country, Ngoc Phu Quoc – Vietnam’s largest island, is also the largest of the 22 islands here.  Clear sea water, peaceful streams and many unique seafood are the great advantages of Phu Quoc tourism.  With 150km of coastline, Phu Quoc owns many beautiful beaches stretching from the north to the south.  Coming here, visitors will be fascinated by the wild beauty with calm waves, calm wind at Sao beach or the quiet and discreet space, blue and white sea at Khem beach.  Visitors can also go to Truong beach to immerse themselves in the cool water or walk barefoot in the sand, watching the sunset slowly drop on the sea.

Especially, with poetic and lyrical landscape, natural golden sand, great old forest spreading close to the sea and beautiful mangrove ecosystems at small estuaries, Dai Beach tops the list of potential beaches.  Hidden news agencies as well as foreign tourists rated and voted as one of the 5 most beautiful beaches in the world.

Things you should prepare to travel to Vietnam and to prevent Coronavirus

  • Vietnamese Visa: you should contact the local Vietnam diplomatic mission soon enough to get the instruction for the Vietnamese Visa application during this time.
  • Negative RT-PCR certificate for SARS-CoV-2: this document must be issued by the local health authority within 3 days before boarding and certified by Vietnam diplomatic missions in your locality.
  • Confirmation of your quarantine zone: you can get this document from a qualified quarantined address such as a public house, factory, cooperated company or hotel, or military centralized isolation area, to confirm that you will be quarantined there after arriving in Vietnam. 
  • Vietnam Health Declaration: this form can be filled online before or/and when you arrive in Vietnam, the airlines and immigration staff will help you with that.
  • Medical mask, hand sanitizer, vitamins, etc…

Travel during this time is a risky decision, you have to prepare very well for the safety of your own and society. Vietnam is not 100% safe during the Coronavirus outbreak; however, if you are strong and travel smartly and carefully, you still can explore this beautiful country safely.

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