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Foreign tourism in Vietnam a shadow of pre-COVID boom

Visa policy, missing Chinese blamed for slow recovery; India offers hope

Ha Long Bay, a popular tourist destination in northern Vietnam, is only drawing around half as many foreign visitors as before the pandemic, local industry officials say. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

HANOI -- Tourism in Vietnam is struggling to recover from the COVID-19 slowdown, although the country has already lifted pandemic-related travel restrictions.

In the first 10 months of this year, 2.4 million foreign tourists visited Vietnam, around 15% of the number before who entered the country before the pandemic struck, according to Vietnam's General Statistics Office.

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