Foreigners who entered Việt Nam from March 1 can have their temporary stay permits automatically extended for another month until September 30, the Immigration Department announced on Monday.
According to Savills Vietnam, the performance of hotels has been hugely impacted by COVID-19. Average occupancy has dropped to approximately 20 per cent across the first half, which has put financial pressure on hotel owners, especially at new hotels.
In the petition, the association requested the government to issue a protocol for the pandemic prevention and infection control in air transport and apply it to air travelers to ensure flight safety.
Last month, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee proposed to the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security to consider and support the entry of 437 foreigners from 100 agencies, organisations, and businesses to work in Ho Chi Minh City. Among them were 16 investors, 304 technical experts, 37 skilled workers, 51 business managers, and 29 relatives of the above.
Vietnam currently provides an automatic extension of temporary stay through August 31, 2020, for foreigners who entered Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa on or after March 1, 2020, and intend to depart Vietnam during the period of extension (by August 31, 2020).
As international routes have not been reopened, domestic tourism has become a key market for all inbound, outbound and domestic travel companies. Localities have simultaneously responded to the national stimulus program to attract domestic tourists.
The Ministry of Transport will consider the reopening of international flight routes to countries and territories which have no new cases of COVID-19 in the community for 30 consecutive days, according to a ministry official.
Local budget carrier Jetstar Pacific will conduct essential procedures to rebrand itself as Pacific Airlines to enhance its business performance and achieve greater synergy with its 70% owner Vietnam Airlines (VNA) in the local market, as part of an agreement reached yesterday, June 15, between Vietnam’s national airline VNA and Australian flag carrier Qantas Group, which currently holds a 30% stake in the low-cost airline.