INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS CAN VISIT PHU QUOC FROM NOVEMBER, THEN NHA TRANG, DA LAT … AND WILL FULLY REOPEN BY JUNE 2022

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS CAN VISIT PHU QUOC FROM NOVEMBER, THEN NHA TRANG, DA LAT … AND WILL FULLY REOPEN BY JUNE 2022 9 October

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has announced plans to resume both domestic and international tourism, welcoming international visitors to Vietnam for the first time since March 2020.

From November, localities that have controlled the COVID-19 pandemic will start welcoming domestic tourists. They are required to strictly comply with pandemic prevention regulations, which include vaccination, rapid RT-PCR tests, strict implementation of medical declarations, QR code scanning, and the application of PC-COVID and other virus control rules.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet said that, in the immediate future, the tourism industry in Vietnam should focus on the domestic market.

Localities need to apply appropriate policies to address people’s concerns, after many months of strict restrictions.

On welcoming international tourists, the Deputy Minister said that a pilot scheme will see Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province welcome select international tourists with vaccine passports to the island.

The pilot phase in Phu Quoc will take place from November 2021 to March 2022.

100 per cent of people over 18 years old in Phu Quoc have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 10 per cent have received the second jabs. By the end of October, 100 per cent of people over 18 years old will have received two doses.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism will work with Kien Giang on implementing the pilot plan and deploying it to other localities in the future.

The plans were discussed in a conference held by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism on October 5. Representatives from tourism management agencies focused on measures to gradually revive tourism, in line with current pandemic guidelines.

From October, provinces and cities will organize training on welcoming tourists, safety measures to control COVID-19, and preparations for incidents and risks.

By the end of 2021, Vietnam will welcome foreign tourists back to other destinations, including Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, Hoi An in Quang Nam Province, Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province, and Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. The full opening to international visitors could be in June 2022.

On October 7, the central province of Thanh Hoa proposed to the ministry that it hopes to receive foreign tourists at the end of this year.

Meanwhile, northern cities and provinces like Hanoi, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, and Ha Giang have built various tourism products in preparation for the return of domestic visitors.

Localities that want to reopen tourism asked the VNAT to work with concerned agencies, including the Ministries of Health, Transport, Public Security, and Foreign Affairs, to design consistent regulations for tourism when reopening./.

Source: VietNamNet



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