Vaccine Passport Plans For Vietnam Tourism

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Hopes that vaccinated tourists could return to Vietnam have risen following reports coming out of Vietnam.

Late last week the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, together with other interested parties, stated that the information technology infrastructure for handling Covid-19 vaccine passports was almost ready to rollout.

The technology which “fully adapts to international preparations of vaccine passport deployment”, would include information including vaccine details as well as entry permits.

Although no date has yet been set for the opening of borders it is thought that international tourists would be among the first to be allowed entry alongside Vietnamese stranded abroad and foreign investors.

Deputy PRime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is also head of the Steering Committee, has emphasised that fighting the virus remains the priority but “We have to seize any opportunity to open the door and develop the economy.”

Additional restrictions may be placed on foreign visitors dependent on the pandemic situation and vaccination programme in individual countries.

There are still concerns to be overcome however as there is no desire to open the country to increased risk of further Covid infections by relaxing restrictions too early.

The protection effect of the vaccines, meanwhile, is also very different for different people and the duration of vaccine protection is not yet clear, so it is difficult to determine the validity period for a vaccine passport.”

Dang Quang Tam, Head of the Vietnamese General Department of Preventative Medicine

The effectiveness of vaccines against virus mutations was also raised as an ongoing concern.

Source: VNExpress & VietnamNet

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