Update news vaccine passport
The first commercial flights have been provided in the new normal period. However, the application of different regulations in different localities have caused problems.
Luxury travel, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions), community-based tourism and staycations are the four segments that Vietnam’s tourism industry can focus on in the post-Covid period, experts say.
Vietnam will consider mutual recognition of a vaccine passport with other countries in Southeast Asia, the European Union, as well as with the United States, China the Republic of Korea and others.
Some destinations are ready to reopen to receive travelers, while travel firms are preparing to serve domestic travelers with green cards.
Reopening Phu Quoc to receive tourists has proven to be a big challenge.
The details of about two million shots of COVID-19 vaccines administered have not yet been logged on the national COVID-19 vaccination portal, as many people have complained of missing or erroneous vaccine records.
HCM City’s Department of Health has proposed giving the COVID-19 ‘green card’ to people who have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Vietnam is advised to carefully operate the vaccine passport programme, which is designed to ensure people’s lives and maintain economic growth.
Hanoi has asked the Ministry of Health (MOH) to give guidance on allowing fully vaccinated people to travel and participate in production and pandemic prevention activities.
The Ministry of Health said those who have been fully vaccinated still have to comply with anti-pandemic warnings, including social distancing and 5K messages.
Experts believe that Vietnam should reopen the domestic aviation and tourism market with vaccine passports as the number of people who have received two doses of the vaccine is increasing.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has developed a digital vaccine certification system, which will be piloted to welcome back international arrivals and ensure safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Covid-19 outbreaks have hit the tourism industry especially hard. Travel firms are looking forward to the new vaccine passport, which they believe could save the industry.
According to the National Center for Technology on Covid-19 Prevention and Control, electronic certificates for Covid-19 vaccinations will be issued at people’s request.
The Politburo has agreed that Phu Quoc resort island in Kien Giang Province will be Vietnam’s first locality to pilot the acceptane of international visitors’ vaccine passports in a number of tourist sites that can control the pandemic.
Vietnam Airlines has signed an agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to test the IATA Travel Pass, a type of electronic health passport application.
Director General of the General Department of Preventive Medicine Dang Quang Tan has mentioned three reasons for Vietnam not yet accepting “vaccine passports”.