Vietnam reopens five localities to foreign tourists from November

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The Vietnam government is pushing ahead with plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, starting with five provinces including Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang, and Quang Ninh, local media reports. 

The Kien Giang province is home to Phu Quoc Island, located in the country’s south and around 10kms off Cambodia. In 2019 it attracted 670,000 visitors. 

The island is home to the Corona Resort & Casino, the only one in the country where locals are allowed to gamble. The property has been open since August 1st.

Quang Nam is home to Hoi An, in which Suncity’s Hoiana resort and casino are located. 

Details as to which parts of the localities will be open to foreign tourists have not been revealed, but the deputy PM said that in Kien Giang, foreign tourists will be taken to parts of Phu Quoc. 

Last week, Hoiana casino resort confirmed to GGRAsia that it will be one of the tourism destinations able to welcome guests from overseas as part of a “vaccine passport program” in the country. 

The second phase of tourism reopening will occur in January 2022, when other localities will be able to start accepting foreign tourists. 

The government said that those coming from places with a “high safety record on Covid-19 prevention” such as Europe, Middle East, North-east Asia, South-East Asia, North America, and Australia are preferred.