Authorities are urgently completing software to be used to issue vaccine passports forms that meet international standards, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang.
Foreign nationals wishing to enter the country will no longer be required to undergo a period of concentrated quarantine, providing that they have already received full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have a negative COVID-19 test.
A number of chartered flights carrying foreign travelers with vaccine passports are coming to Vietnam this week under closed tourism programs. Five localities have prepared to serve international arrivals.
Vietnamese authorities have started granting electronic COVID-19 vaccine certificates for people to travel abroad, provided they have received two doses of vaccine.
Foreign visitors to Phu Quoc, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh – localities selected in a pilot reopening programme – will not have to quarantine from next month as long as they test negative for SARS-CoV-2.
The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will receive a number of charter flights going to its Phu Quoc island from November 20 to test the process of picking up and serving guests with “vaccine passport”.
The tourism institutes of both sides will tighten cooperation to promote travel between the two countries.
In the trial reopening of domestic route, airlines can fly with 10 percent of capacity and passengers must show written commitments on anti-pandemic measures.
Vietnam has temporarily recognized vaccination certificates or vaccine passports of 72 countries and territories, while its vaccine certificate has also been recognized by a number of countries.
Vietnam received only 0.5 percent of travelers from Spain in 2019, although the number of visitors has increased in recent years.
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.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) is looking forward to quickly resume operations of the tourism industry which was battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Nguyen Van Hung has said.
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.