Plans continue to progress for Vietnam to welcome the first foreign tourists since March 2020 with Phu Quoc scheduled to reopen in October 2021.
Main picture sea off Phu Quoc, Vietnam credit Zoe Shuttleworth on flickr
The reopening will be split into two phases – initially between 3,0000 and 5,0000 internationally tourists will be allowed on direct charter flights from approved countries. Activities and movement will be limited. Travellers will be required to book their trips through approved tour operators.
If the first phase is successful it is planned that from January up to 10,000 international tourists per month will be able to arrive on commercial flights. It is hoped that more areas will be allowed to open and some restrictions will be relaxed at this point.
The Vietnam National administration of Tourism (VNAT) has launched a video promoting the reopening. The video features Mong Tay and Gam Ghi islets, the Truc Lam Ho Quoc Zen Monastery, Phu Quoc United Centre – the largest entertainment and resort complex in Vietnam, and the Hon Thom Cable Car – the world’s longest sea cable car system.
Many of the restrictions in place in Phu Quoc have now been relaxed as local cases have reduced and are deemed under control.
Restaurants, hotels, retail facilities, historical sites and sports facilities can all now reopen as can amusement parks and attractions including Safari Phu Quoc and cable railways all of which have been closed for a number of months.
However beauty salons, massage parlours, spas, theatres and discos will all remain closed for the time being.
Travelling to Phu Quoc
All visitors will need to have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have proof of recovering from the virus and have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Before arriving in Vietnam visitors will need to ensure that they have all required documentations and have installed the Vietnam Safe Travel app on their smart phone where they will also need to complete a health questionnaire and produce a QR code required at immigration.
On arrival at Phu Quoc airport travellers will need to present the required documents at immigration and undertake a temperature check and Covid-19 test.
Hotels, tour operators, transportation providers and other organisations in the tourism industry will be required to meet set standards and follow standard procedures as well as ensuring that visitors comply with safety instructions and measures.
The Vietnam Safe Travel app will allow tourism operators to add itineraries and activities for travellers as well as updating health information. Data on the app is designed to only be used in the prevention and control of Covid-19 and will be confidential.
As always these conditions are subject to change and we recommend checking the latest requirements from official sources prior to travel.
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