Last week, I wrote about how travel regulations in Vietnam were tightening up even though tour agencies catering to backpackers continued to reassure backpackers that everything was fine.
Now the awaited travel restrictions are fully in place. Hotels were closed. Now new visas are not being issued to anyone from any country. And anyone from multiple regions, including the U.S. and ASEAN, will be required to be quarantined upon arrival. Saigon, home to the best nightlife in the land, is completely empty.
Here are some tweets from veteran Vietnam reporter Michael Tatarski:
In addition to suspending visas from all nationalities, Vietnam will enforce mandatory quarantine for US and ASEAN arrivals. These are additions to the previous quarantine regulation. https://t.co/HVvZUYrMBA— Michael Tatarski (@miketatarski) March 17, 2020
Vietnam to stop issuing new visas to all nationalities. My understanding is that people could still apply through certain embassies – those channels are now closed. https://t.co/wYQQJHjghi— Michael Tatarski (@miketatarski) March 17, 2020
The quietest I’ve ever seen District 2 outside of Tet. Haven’t been elsewhere in town since the weekend, but I assume it’s similar. pic.twitter.com/56FRBcwMsU— Michael Tatarski (@miketatarski) March 17, 2020