Five Localities Piloted to Welcome Int’l Vacationers from November

11:34:01 AM | 11/5/2021

The Government has agreed that the five localities of Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh are allowed to pilot welcoming international tourists from November 2021.

The Government Office issued Official Letter 8044/VPCP-KGVX dated November 2, 2021 conveying the opinion of Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh agreeing with the coverage on the pilot plan to welcome worldwide vacationers to Vietnam at the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Visitors must have a certificate of vaccination with a full dose of COVID-19 vaccine recognized in Vietnam, with a duration of at least 14 days and no more than 12 months by the time of entry, or have a certificate of having recovered from COVID-19 with the hospital signature more than 12 months from the time of entry. A SARS-CoV-2 test by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method is also required within 72 hours before boarding. Customers must have a premium COVID-19 insurance plan with a minimum liability of US$50,000, and buy a tour package from a travel agency.

The Deputy Prime Minister assigned the ministries of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Health, Public Security, National Defense, Foreign Affairs, Transport, and Information and Communication, People's Committees of provinces and cities: Da Nang, Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh and related agencies, based on their assigned functions, tasks and authority, to take the initiative in implementing, ensuring safety and efficiency.

Previously, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposed an orientation and roadmap to reopen worldwide tourism actions together in 3 phases.

Accordingly, phase 1 (from November 2021) pilots worldwide arrivals for tourism packages, via charter flights and business flights in Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa), Quang Nam and Da Nang.

Phase 2 (from January 2022) will increase the scope to welcome worldwide vacationers, allowing multiple destinations via domestic and worldwide flights.

Guests can take part in travel packages combining a number of locations after finishing the tour program on the first location within 7 days, connecting Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh.

The third phase (from the second quarter of 2022) is to totally reopen to the worldwide vacationer market, with the condition that the epidemic prevention and management plans are ensured in keeping with rules.

By Giang Tu, Vietnam Business Forum