Last week Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh gave the go ahead for Phu Quoc to be the first area of the country to welcome foreign tourists since March last year. More details have today been released on the pilot scheme.
Main picture Phu Quoc beach, credit Stefan on flickr
The six-month pilot scheme will be split into two phases.
The initial phase starting in October will run for three months lasting and will welcome between 3 and 5,000 international tourists each month on direct charter flights to the island. Activities will be limited to specific areas.
If the first phase goes well the second phase will see up to 10,000 international tourists per month who will be able to arrive on commercial flights. Available sites in Phu Quoc may be extended at this point.
All tourists will need to have pre-booked tours from approved travel agencies.
Visitors will only be allowed from countries deemed to high levels of Covid-19 prevention and control predominantly from Northeast Asia, Europe, the US, the Middle East, and Australia.
All tourists must have proof of being fully vaccinated or that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 12 months – it is not clear how this will be proven. They will also need to have a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of departure. Children under 12 will not need to be vaccinated but must be travelling with parents / guardians who meet the entry requirements.
Tourists will need to install either the Vietnam Safe Travel or the Healthy Vietnam mobile app and make a medical declaration. They will also be required to follow all Health Ministry requirements throughout their stay:
- Face masks (khau trang),
- Disinfection (khu khuan),
- Distancing (khoang cach),
- No gatherings (khong tu tap),
- Health declarations (khai bao y te).
Source: Vietnam Plus
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