Last month we reported on plans in Vietnam to reopen to foreign, vaccinated, tourists on the island of Phu Quoc, now we have more news.
Main picture Phu Quoc beach credit Andreas M on Unsplash
Originally there were hopes that the plans could start as soon as this month but increasing Covid-19 cases and a reluctance from authorities to open too quickly have meant that date has not been possible.
It is hoped that the plans, being completed by local authorities and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, can be finalised by the end of the month. The plans would then have to be approved by the Government.
The plans are likely to follow a similar pattern to the Phuket Sandbox where all visitors must come from low or medium risk countries, be fully vaccinated and test negative for Covid. It is thought that in Phu Quoc tourists will initially come from Europe, America and some Asian countries.
Plans are also underway to ensure that all residents of Phu Quoc are vaccinated prior to the launch of a tourism scheme.
Phu Quoc is an attractive candidate for the trial as, like Phuket, it is an island with an international airport and the ability to closely control and monitor incoming and outgoings of tourists.
In April, Quang Nam province submitted the first proposal in Vietnam for the return of foreign tourists. The province, which includes the beautiful city of Hoi An, continues to hope that it can follow Phu Quoc in opening later this year.
Source: VNExpress International
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