Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay to reduce quarantine for tourists


  • Vietnam
  • Saturday, 26 Jun 2021

Repatriated Vietnamese citizens at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province wait to process their entry papers after landing in August 2020. - Vietnam News

HANOI, June 26 (Bloomberg): Vietnam’s northern province of Quang Ninh, home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay, will reduce required quarantine times to seven days from 21 for vaccinated foreign travellers, and those who have recovered from Covid-19, in a July trial programme, VnExpress news website reported.

Visitors from countries that have achieved herd immunity or managed the virus outbreak will be allowed to enter Vietnam, the news website reported, citing a decision by Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen on Friday (June 25).

The report did not provide details about which nations are deemed acceptable.

Travelers must be vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving and test negative for the virus 72 hours prior to entering Vietnam, according to VnExpress. A certified document is required for those who have previously been infected by the virus, it said.

The visitors must provide an itinerary and the names of hotels they plan to stay at before entering Vietnam, the news website reported.

In cases of arrivals via land border or port border gate, they can make health declarations at the border gates of entry either online or via paper forms, reported Vietnam News.

Previously, on June 11, the health ministry had a meeting with Quang Ninh on the conducting of the pilot policy for arrivals via Van Don International Airport.

According to Quang Ninh’s authorities, since 2020, the province has received some 200 flights bringing in repatriated Vietnamese citizens, foreign experts or business executives.

The Covid-19 prevention and control at the airport, transportation of the arrivals and quarantine work have been carried out methodically and smoothly.

The Government is also looking at the southern island of Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province to pilot a vaccine passport programme in which fully inoculated foreign tourists can enter the country, once the population on the island (including children) has achieved herd immunity via vaccination.

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