Ministry requests resumption of pre-pandemic visa waiver policy for tourists | To travel

Tourists visiting Hoi An ancient town, Quang Nam province in 2019. (Credit: VNA/VNS)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed the government to resume pre-pandemic visa waivers for tourists from 24 countries when the country restarts international tourism.

The ministry had previously proposed that March 31, 2022 be the start of the total
reopening of international tourism in Vietnam, as the country plans to complete its COVID-19 vaccine recall campaign by then.

The list of 24 countries on the visa waiver list includes Brunei, Myanmar (for stays of 14 days or less), Philippines (stays of 21 days), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia , Cambodia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan (no more than 30 days stay), Belarus, Japan, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain (stay of less than 15 days) and Chile.

Arrivals from 46 countries could enter Vietnam with e-visas, just like before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and the country closed its border.

The Ministry would like the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to join in this policy.

The Ministry of Health should provide medical guidelines for arrivals and technical advice to monitor and treat COVID-19 outbreaks in the new normal, which are in line with regulations in many other countries “to ensure the efforts of ‘international integration’, the tourism ministry noted.

Negotiations with other countries to push recognition of Vietnam’s COVID-19 vaccination certificates should also be accelerated, to facilitate outbound tourism.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism requested the government to instruct the Ministry of Information and Communications to take primary responsibility for selecting a uniform COVID-19 mobile app for foreign arrivals to use while in Vietnam.

Provincial/city people’s committees should proactively prepare conditions for opening tourism, operate uniformly, closely supervise guest reception to ensure safety, while having plans to handle medical issues arising from tourism .

During the 2022 Tiger Lunar New Year, 467 visitors arrived in Vietnam under the “COVID-19 Vaccine Passport” pilot program.

Since the program was launched late last year, a total of 8,967 international tourists have arrived in three locations – Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang Province), Khanh Hoa and Quang Nam.

Most of them came from Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, UK, USA and Canada.

No less than 16 travel agencies, 82 accommodation establishments, 28 tourist sites, eight shopping centers and 48 transport companies in the five targeted localities registered and were eligible to join the first phase of the program.

27 cases of COVID-19[female[feminine infections have been detected among them – 17 in Phu Quoc and 10 in Khanh Hoa./.

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