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Vietnam welcomes back first international tourists

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – A Vietnam Airlines flight carrying the first foreign tourists to visit Vietnam after an 18-month suspension of the international tourism segment landed at the Danang International Airport in Danang today, November 18.

The tourists from various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Austria, came to Vietnam on holiday or to visit their relatives.

The passengers were required to have vaccine passports, negative Covid-19 PCR tests conducted within 72 hours before departure, return tickets, and health declarations to board the flight.

They will stay at a hotel in Quang Nam Province’s Hoi An City, undergo Covid-19 tests at the hotel and participate in a seven-day tour.

If they want to visit their relatives in places other than those open to international tourists, they must register with the tour operator, who will inform the authorities of the areas.

After the tour, they can return home on commercial or charter flights.

After this flight, Vietnam Airlines will operate more flights to five localities permitted to welcome back international tourists, comprising Phu Quoc City of Kien Giang Province, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Danang and Quang Ninh.

The airline has coordinated with travel companies and tourism management agencies to attract tourists from other Southeast Asian countries, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Europe and Australia.

On November 20, Phu Quoc will also receive 209 tourists from South Korea under the vaccine passport scheme. The tourists will join a closed four-day-three-night tour in the city.

During the tour, they will undergo two Covid-19 tests, on the first and last days of the tour, and must comply with anti-pandemic measures.

After this flight, Phu Quoc will welcome some 20 international flights per month.

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