COVID-19 stops 14 million foreigners from visiting Vietnam in 2020

By the end of 2020, Vietnam will welcome 3.83 million international visitors, nearly 80% lower than the same period last year.
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According to the General Statistics Office, this December, the number of international visitors to Vietnam was only 16,300, a decrease of 99% year-on-year. For the whole year, there have been only over 3.83 million, 78.7% lower than that of 2019. Of which, more than 96% were international visitors in the first quarter of 2020. Since the second quarter, the international tourism market has closed due to COVID, so most foreign people coming to Vietnam are experts or technical workers.

In 2020, visitors from Asia accounted for 73.3% of the total number of international visitors to Vietnam, decreased by 80.4% compared to the previous year, of which visitors from all major markets declined sharply: China 83,5%, South Korea 80.4%, Japan 78.4%; Taiwan (China) 78.8%, Cambodia 46.6%, Malaysia 80.7%. Visitors from Europe decreased by 69%; from the Americas decreased by 75.7% compared to 2019.

Since March, when travel restrictions were implemented, the travel and passenger transport industry has become the sectors most affected since COVID-19 brook.

According to calculations by the Vietnam Tourism Association, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic causes international visitors to Vietnam to decrease at least 70% compared to 2019, however, the actual number is already higher than expected (nearly 80%). Meanwhile, domestic visitors decreased by 50%; Outbound visitors fell 85%, revenue (inbound and domestic) decreased over 61%. It is estimated that the total damage reaches up to 23 billion USD.

The number of tourists fell sharply, leading to a significant decrease in revenue from accommodation, dining, and travel services in many provinces whose strengths are tourism.

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