Update: 12:01 | 11/09/2021
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has basically agreed with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's proposal on a pilot plan to welcome international tourists with vaccine passports to Phu Quoc resort island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang for six months from October.
In a document issued on September 10, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam asked the provincial People’s Committee to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and relevant agencies to collect opinions from organisations, associations and businesses in order to develop and issue a specific plan for the implementation.
Phu Quoc Island.
The Ministry of Health will work with the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in guiding the issuance of certificates of vaccination against Covid-19, and distributing vaccines to swiftly inoculate people living and working in Phu Quoc island city.
The Ministries of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Health; Public Security; National Defence; Foreign Affairs; Transport; and Information and Communication and related agencies are required to coordinate with, guide and support the provincial People's Committee in implementing the plan.
According to a draft pilot scheme, the plan targets foreign tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or those with certificates of recovery from Covid-19 recognised by an authorised agency in Vietnam.
Eligible tourists should be given their second shots at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before their entry. For those who have recovered from Covid-19, the time from hospital discharge to their entry date must not exceed 12 months. Travelers will be requested for a RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to their departure, and certified negative for Covid-19 in English by authorities of the country that conduct the test.
The scheme will be applied for visitors who have registered to join package tours of travel agencies.
General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Trung Khanh said Phu Quoc needs to speed up the vaccination for its residents, and those that will directly involve in welcoming and serving holiday makers.
Attention should be paid to developing a specific plan for the pilot programme related to medical regulations, immigration procedures, procedures to welcome and serve tourists at accommodation establishments, tourist attractions, and plans for handling medical incidents.
Phu Quoc is one of the eight "green zone" districts and cities of Kien Giang province. It has to date recorded five Covid-19 infections which have been successfully treated.
Under the draft plan, Kien Giang needs to prepare human resources, materials, medical equipment and supplies, strengthen testing capacity, ensure safety plans for disease prevention and settlement of incidents.
Previously, the Government Office sent a document to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ordering "rapid" study and piloting of a ‘vaccine passport’ mechanism for foreign arrivals to some popular tourism destinations where Covid-19 outbreaks could be contained such as Phu Quoc island.
At a regular meeting of the Government on September 6, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh directed the implementation of the pilot plan, aiming to attract between 2-3 million foreign arrivals to the island this year.