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Vietnam

Vietnam

Immigration Department continues issuing new-style passports despite visa denial by Germany, Spain, and Czech Republic.
Lockdown Status
Open
Inbound Travel
Open
Outbound Travel
Open
Confirmed
11,346,137
116,409 per million
7 Day Rolling Ave
+81,140
+5,085% vs prev week
Deaths
43,094
442.1 per million
Fully Vaccinated
-
0.00% of pop.
Source: Cases - John Hopkins University (2022-08-06). Retrieved from OurWorldInData.org

Latest Travel Industry News

Policy Summary

Lockdown Status

The Health Ministry’s assessment criteria grades cities and provinces from low to high COVID-19 risk. Face masks should be worn in public places.

Travel Restrictions

Tourists permitted entry to Vietnam, e-visa applications for 80 countries open, visa exemptions for 13 countries.

Economy Summary

Fiscal support for the tourism industry

Cut in environmental tax on jet fuel (31 Dec 2021):

  • 50% cut on environmental protection tax on jet fuel to $0.066 USD per litre from 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2022

Cash assistance for tour guides (10 Nov 2021):

  • 9,294 tour guides have received total cash assistance of $1.5 million USD as of end Oct

  • Received applications from 10,762 tour guides

  • Areas with large numbers of tour guides receiving assistance include Danang, Hanoi and HCMC

Tourism vouchers (17 Oct 2021):

  • 100,000 tourism vouchers to be issued for frontline workers in HCMC

Cut in environmental tax on jet fuel (11 Dec 2020):

  • 30% cut in environmental tax on jet fuel until the end of 2021

Economic measures (4 Nov 2020):

  • Tourism companies to see 80% reduction in deposits for 2 years, allowing them to have more working capital

  • 5-month extension in tax and land fee payments.

Fee waiver for local airlines, rental fee reduction for businesses affected by COVID-19 (30 May 2020)

Reduction of licence fees and tour guide card fee under Circular 35/2020/TT-BTC (14 May 2020)

Tax and land rental fee payment extension under Decree 41 (8 Apr 2020)

GDP Growth Rate

% per year
7.0

2019
2.9

2020
2.6

2021
6.5

2022
forecast
6.7

2023
forecast

Inflation Rate

% per year
2.8

2019
3.2

2020
1.8

2021
3.8

2022
forecast
4.0

2023
forecast
Source: Asian Development Bank. Asian Development Outlook (April 2022).

Consumer Trends Summary

Visa’s Voice of the Consumer Survey (Jan 2022):

  • 76% of Vietnamese respondents are planning on domestic leisure trips, while 38% are planning on overseas trips

  • The top 3 factors providing comfort to travellers are the stability of the COVID-19 situation at the destination (63%), being vaccinated (48%), and the decrease of global cases (40%)

  • 52% are interested in travel bubbles, but not in the immediate future. A third of the respondents said they would be planning, booking, or having a staycation as soon as the government lifts restrictions, while 30% also said they would visit local attractions

  • The pandemic has caused a spike in online travel, with an increase in viewers of travel-related photos and videos. 53% watched YouTube travel videos, 40% visit travel sites on social media, and 38% took online virtual tours

VietnamPlus Survey (Jan 2022):

  • 90% of Vietnamese expressed desire to travel in the next 10 months, with 53.7% of them planning to take a trip between Dec 2021 to the first months of 2022, while 56% are prioritising pandemic safety

  • 75% hoped that digital platforms in tourism will focus on providing safe tourism information

  • 87% showed concerns about undertaking quarantine in their target destination or after returning from the trip

  • 61% were afraid of pandemic outbreak while travelling, while 54% showed hesitation due to different travel restriction measures among localities

Agoda Survey (Nov 2021):

  • 60% of Vietnamese respondents expect travel to resume in the next six months.

  • 52% of respondents aged 45-54 were optimistic about restriction-free travel within Asia compared to 38% among people aged 25-34.

  • 54% of respondents over age 55 were optimistic about global restriction- free travel, followed by people aged 45-54 at 45%.

  • 11% expected international visitors to be allowed to travel to Vietnam only after two years, though the government has announced that it would begin welcoming international visitors to certain destinations in Nov.

  • 27% believed full border reopening is likely by the end of 2021. 20% expected border reopening to happen around Jun ‘22, while 19% expected it to be around Mar-Apr ‘22.

  • 20% did not expect inbound travel to resume fully until 80% of Vietnamese are vaccinated.

  • Hanoi respondents expect international visitation to be 7-11 months away

  • 20% of HCMC respondents expect international visitation to be 4-6 months away, while another 20% expecting 7-11 months

Agoda’s Welcome Back to Travel Survey (Oct 2021):

  • 60% of Vietnamese are optimistic that tourism will take off again in the next 6 months

  • 2 of 5 expect restriction free travel in Asia, 38% international travel without restrictions in the next 6 months

  • Almost half did not expect inbound tourism to restart in at least 12 months, or until 80% of Vietnamese are vaccinated

Booking.com 2022 Travel Predictions (Oct 2021):

  • 79% of travelers are looking forward to meeting new people while on vacation

  • 89% of travelers find that the journey to a destination is more enjoyable when it feels like part of the trip itself

  • 79% of travelers say vacation time will be strictly work-free in the future

  • 86% of travelers agree that travel helps their mental and emotional wellbeing more than other forms of self-care

  • 82% of travelers agree it’s important that their trip is beneficial to the destination's local community, while 31% are going to do more research into how their tourism spending will affect or improve local communities

  • 82% of travelers agree that technology will be more important than ever while on vacation

  • 79% of travelers believe technology is important for controlling health risks when traveling, with 82% agreeing that technology helps to alleviate their travel anxiety

Agoda Sustainable Travel Trends Survey 2021 (Aug 2021):

  • 28% Vietnamese are most concerned about overtourism, followed by deforestation at 24%, and use of single-use plastics in destination accommodations at 16%

  • 26% of Vietnamese hold tourism authorities most responsible for making change within the sustainability space, followed by Governments (19%) and then with tour operators (16%)

  • Vietnamese top three pledges for post COVID travel are #1 to always look for eco-accommodation (36%), joint #2 to manage their waste and switch off air conditioners and lights (34%)

  • Practices that are considered most helpful to travel sustainably by Vietnamese are accommodations that use renewable energy/water (24%), followed by destinations that are not high-density spots, renewable amenities and no single use plastics in an accommodation, all at 16%

  • When asked what practices Vietnamese associate with sustainable travel they said using natural cleaning products (40%), animal conservation (38%), use of renewable resources (36%)

  • The additional measures to help make travel more sustainable according to Vietnamese: easy identification of eco-travel options by 59%, limiting single use plastics in airlines/accommodations by 57%, financial incentives for accommodations that maximize energy efficiency by 40%28% Vietnamese are most concerned about overtourism, followed by deforestation at 24%, and use of single-use plastics in destination accommodations at 16%

  • 26% of Vietnamese hold tourism authorities most responsible for making change within the sustainability space, followed by Governments (19%) and then with tour operators (16%)

  • Vietnamese top three pledges for post COVID travel are #1 to always look for eco-accommodation (36%), joint #2 to manage their waste and switch off air conditioners and lights (34%)

  • Practices that are considered most helpful to travel sustainably by Vietnamese are accommodations that use renewable energy/water (24%), followed by destinations that are not high-density spots, renewable amenities and no single use plastics in an accommodation, all at 16%

  • When asked what practices Vietnamese associate with sustainable travel they said using natural cleaning products (40%), animal conservation (38%), use of renewable resources (36%)

  • The additional measures to help make travel more sustainable according to Vietnamese: easy identification of eco-travel options by 59%, limiting single use plastics in airlines/accommodations by 57%, financial incentives for accommodations that maximize energy efficiency by 40%

Consumer Sentiment Chart
Containment Policies Timeline
How to read this graph
International Travel Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - screening arrivals
  • 2 - quarantine arrivals from some or all regions
  • 3 - ban arrivals from some regions
  • 4 - ban on all regions or total border closure
Internal Movement Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - recommend not to travel between regions/cities
  • 2 - internal movement restrictions in place
Stay At Home Requirements
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend not leaving house
  • 2 - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' trips
  • 3 - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)
School Closures
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend closing
  • 2 - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)
  • 3 - require closing all levels

Tourism Arrivals Summary

International Tourism Arrivals

YoY % change
32.8

Jan'20

-21.8
Feb

-68.1
Mar

-98.0
Apr

-98.0
May

-99.3
Jun

-98.9
Jul

-98.9
Aug

-99.0
Sep

-99.1
Oct

-99.0
Nov

-99.0
Dec

Jan'21

Feb

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May

Jun

Jul

Aug

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