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Tourism authority launches Covid-19 vaccination management system

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has developed a Covid-19 vaccination certification management system to prepare to welcome international tourists back when travel restrictions are relaxed.

The system has been integrated in the Travel Vietnam Safely app and on the website https://travelpass.tourism.vn. Accordingly, app users can apply for Covid-19 vaccination certification on the app.

They can also search for information about safe destinations, the development of the pandemic in localities, travel insurance, among others.

The app is being upgraded to better serve users to ensure safe travel, including a feature to update the Covid-19 test results of tourists.

The system will contain the health information of foreign visitors before they enter Vietnam, while traveling in the country and when they exit the country.

With the support of the Ministries of Information Technology-Communications and Health, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has developed the system meeting European standards and regulations on security and safety, facilitating travel.

In June, the prime minister asked the Ministry of Health to coordinate with the relevant agencies to pilot Covid-19 vaccine passports for international tourists who visit local tourism hubs that have the pandemic under control, such as Phu Quoc.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry has cooperated with the Ministries of Health and Information Technology-Communications to develop criteria to verify the Covid-19 vaccination certificates and the certificates of foreigners who recovered from Covid-19.

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health have issued temporary instructions about the verification and recognition of these certificates.

Early last month, the Ministry of Health also issued instructions about the quarantine of fully-vaccinated people entering Vietnam from abroad.

Specifically, people from abroad who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result will be placed under mandatory quarantine for seven days instead of 14 days and self-isolate for another week.

Those who have been infected with Covid-19 and have certificates proving that they recovered from the disease no more than six months ago will also be entitled to a shorter mandatory quarantine.

By Minh Duy

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