Vietnam Tourism Shuts Down

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:

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Mitchell Blatt is a travel writer, editor, and columnist who has lived and worked in China for six years. He is an author of two guidebooks, Panda Guides Hong Kong and Panda Guides China. He has been published in the USA Today, The Daily Beast, The National Interest, The Korea Times, Roads & Kingdoms, Vagabond Journey, Silkwinds and The World of Chinese, among other outlets. See examples of his published articles at