HCMC – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is set to welcome several charter flights carrying international travelers with vaccine passports to its Phu Quoc Island on November 20 on a trial basis.
The provincial chairman yesterday, October 21, approved a plan to welcome vaccine passport holders to the island city. The pilot plan would be implemented six months after local residents and laborers in the city have been fully vaccinated.
Under the plan, Phu Quoc will conduct a review and continue to welcome more international visitors in phases starting from December 20.
In the first phase from December 20 to March 20, the island will welcome 3,000-5,000 international tourists per month via charter flights and serve tourists in a limited number of locations. If the first phase generates a good outcome, the city will go ahead with the second phase during which it will propose hosting 5,000-10,000 foreign tourists monthly from March 20 to June 20 in 2022.
The province will prioritize visitors from countries and territories where the Covid transmission risk is the lowest such as Europe, the Middle East, Northeast and Southeast Asia and North America.
International tourists are required to show vaccination record cards recognized by the Vietnamese authorities, with the second dose given at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before their entry to Phu Quoc.
Further, tourists 18 and older must have proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure.
To ensure Covid safety protocols remain in place during the pilot program, the provincial government proposed the ministries of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Health, Foreign Affairs and Public Security jointly direct and support the province in implementing the program in a safe and effective manner.