Vietnam drops Covid-19 test requirement for foreign arrivals from May 15

HANOI – Vietnam will drop the COVID-19 test requirement for visitors entering the country starting from May 15 as the pandemic has been brought under control.

The move came as the number of COVID-19 cases in Vietnam decreased significantly since March 15 this year, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported, citing an official document issued by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on Saturday.

The document noted that the country has also seen a decreasing number of COVID-19 deaths, severe cases and hospitalisations. Many countries have also relaxed COVID-19 curbs while existing vaccines are still effective against different variants of coronavirus.

Vietnam dropped health declaration requirements for foreign arrivals from April 27 and COVID-19 vaccine certificates, quarantine requirements from March 16 shortly after it reopened tourism for international visitors.

Vietnam has to date administered more than 216.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, of which nearly 68.7 million people have been vaccinated with at least two doses.

In the past week, the country reported only one COVID-19 death a day on average. –Bernama