Vietnam to welcome international tourists from November

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.

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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.

Vietnam to welcome international tourists from November
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet at the conference. — Photo courtesy of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Localities need to apply appropriate policies to address people 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 in 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 organise 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.

Source: Vietnam News