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Vietnam recognizes Covid vaccine passports of 72 countries, territories

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam provisionally recognizes Covid-19 vaccination record cards, also known as vaccine passports, issued by 72 countries and territories and is discussing the issue with nearly 80 others, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At a press briefing on October 21, answering questions about Vietnam’s policy to facilitate the fully vaccinated from other countries to enter the country, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said the holders of these vaccination record cards would have their mandatory quarantine time cut to seven days.

This is in accordance with the Vietnamese Health Ministry’s guidelines on shortening the quarantine for fully vaccinated people or those who recovered from Covid-19 within six months prior to arrival.

She added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had also worked with nearly 80 countries and territories to mutually recognize their vaccine passports. To date, Vietnam’s vaccination record cards have been recognized by several countries, the local media reported.

According to the prime minister’s directions on creating favorable conditions for workers, experts, investors and others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has consulted with other ministries, agencies and localities and suggested amending procedures for approving the entry of foreigners, including supplementing the vaccination record cards in the visa application, reducing the time for handling dossiers and enhancing the decentralization for ministries and agencies.

In September, the Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province welcomed flights carrying hundreds of Vietnamese people with vaccine passports from the United States, France and Japan returning to Vietnam. All the passengers were fully vaccinated and had negative Covid-19 test results conducted within 72 hours before departure.

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