The plan for resuming tourist activities from March 15 reflected | To travel

Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA)

It aims to gather input from ministries, agencies and businesses on a roadmap for resuming business in the new normal.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung stressed that the reopening of tourism under new normal conditions should be based on the reality of Vietnam and refer to the experience of some countries in the region and of the world.

Thus, the pilot program for welcoming international tourists, set up from November 2021 to February 10, has had positive results. Nearly 9,000 international tourists were safely welcomed, leaving them with a good impression. Therefore, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) has agreed to allow all eligible localities to host international visitors.

Regarding the issuance of entry visas, Vietnam has unilaterally exempted visas for 13 countries and bilaterally for 88 countries and territories. However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak since 2020 and pandemic developments in other countries, the government has decided to stop the visa waiver mechanism.

The ministries and agencies have proposed to the government to resume issuance of visas for international tourists, including e-visas, unilateral and bilateral visa waiver from March 15. International tourists do not need to register with their tour operators upon arrival in Vietnam, but they will be required to follow Ministry of Health (MoH) regulations.

According to Phan Trong Lan, head of the preventive medicine department of the Ministry of Health, international tourists under the age of 11 are not required to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Plan for resumption of tourist activities from March 15 reflected on ảnh 2 Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks during the event. (Photo: VNA)

International guests aged 12 and over must receive at least two doses of Covid-19 vaccine with the second dose injected not more than 6 months old, or have a Covid-19 recovery certificate issued by a competent authority within 6 months and recognized by Vietnam.

Foreign arrivals must have a certificate of negative SARS-CoV-2 test result by RT-PCR technique issued within 72 hours prior to entry or 24 hours for rapid test.

When entering Vietnam, they must install and use the health declaration application (PC-Covid) to make health declarations and track their health according to local regulations.

Air passengers with suspicious signs will be asked to take rapid Covid-19 tests after landing in Vietnam, while others will be required to self-monitor their health at the accommodation facility within 24 hours and take rapid tests or RT-PCR within 14 days from the date of entry.

Ministries and agencies have agreed with MoCST that foreigners entering Vietnam must pay an average of $30 per person to receive insurance benefits worth $10,000 for Covid-19 treatment in Vietnam. In the event that a foreign tourist tests positive for the virus, the accommodation facility will be responsible for working with health facilities and local authorities on quarantine and treatment for him/her.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Dam said that the tourism industry in particular and the country’s economy in general are facing many difficulties after two years of battling the Covid-19 pandemic. Each ministry and sector must take responsibility for implementing solutions to reopen tourism activities and ensure security in the prevention and control of the pandemic.

The MoCST should work with relevant agencies to provide advice on the matter and submit it to the government for approval, he said.

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