Officials in Vietnam have confirmed that they plan to reopen Phu Quoc island to fully vaccinated foreign travellers from late November.
Main picture Phu Quoc, Vietnam credit Zoe Shuttleworth on flickr
Prior to the announcement on Friday, it was thought that up to 5 localities would reopen, including tourists hotspots Da Nang and Hoi An. It now seems that doemstic tourism rule swill be gradually relaxed first prior to a wider reopening later.
The plans have however already come under fire as visitors will be required to stay at, a limited number, of approved resorts for a seven day quarantine and would then only be allowed to visit designated tourism locations on the island as part of organised tours.
Critics point out that similar restrictive measures elsewhere has resulted in extremely low numbers of visitors.
Visitors will all need to be fully vaccinated and arrive on approved charter flights from approved countries starting from 20th November. They will also be required to have a negatice PCR Covid test result from within 72 hours of the time of arrival.
Approved hotels in the initial phase are: Vinpearl Discovery Coastalland Phu Quoc, Vinpearl Discoery Greenhill Phu Quoc, Vinpeal Resort Spa Phu Quoc, Vinholidays Fiesta Phu Quoc, Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Movenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc and Movenpick Villa and Residences Phu Quoc.
It is reported that tourist destinations that will be avilable include; Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park cable car, Vinpearl Casino and undereas walking tours and coral diving from approved providers.
Vaccine passport tourist plans were first being discussed in Vietnam in April. Increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases and a slow vaccination rate delayed any plans until Phu Quoc started developing plans to reopen back in June.
The ongoing pandemic delayed plans again until they were revived in September with plans for a six-month pilot scheme due to start in October. These plans were still pressing ahead towards the end of the month as further details were revealed before they too were dealyed further.
More than 5 million tourists visited Phu Quoc in 2019 of which 541,600 were foreign visitors.
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