Hue to allow foreign tourists
Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Hue Imperial Citadel, is illuminated at night, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dang Tuyen
Thua Thien-Hue province, home to the city of Hue, got the green light from the government to allow foreign tourists under an ongoing trial program.
Provincial authorities had sought government approval several times in recent days.
Nguyen Van Phuc, deputy director of the province’s tourism department, said charter flights would arrive from South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia by March 15.
Tourists would be allowed to stay at sequestered resorts such as Laguna Lang Co, Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa Hue, Kawara My An Onsen Resort and Spa, and Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs Resort.
They can visit golf courses and tourist attractions such as the Imperial Citadel and Bach Ma National Park.
Hue, seat of the Nguyen Dynasty, is also home to royal tombs, ancient palaces and pagodas that attract millions of foreign visitors every year.
Previously, the provinces of Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh and Binh Dinh, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang were allowed to let in foreign tourists under the trial program.
Until mid-March, tourists are required to book a package tour through a designated travel agency.
From March 15, all restrictions on inbound travel will be lifted, with foreign visitors allowed to travel freely to and around the country.
Vaccination or Covid recovery certificates will still be required, along with a negative Covid test result prior to arrival.