Vietnam has officially recovered from the pre-pandemic Visa policy; abandons COVID-19 vaccination certificates, quarantine requirements for international arrivals as the Southeast Asian country tries to completely revive international tourism.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said on Tuesday that entry and exit procedures for foreigners and Vietnamese living abroad would be restored to levels before the COVID-19 restrictions were introduced in early 2020, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
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He also asked the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other related agencies to approve the government’s resolution issued earlier in the day on visa waiver for citizens of 13 countries, namely Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. to be carried out. , Denmark, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Belarus and Sweden.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs assumes primary responsibility and coordinates with ministries and agencies in formulating immigration policies with partners in the context of bilateral and multilateral relations.
It will also continue to negotiate with other countries on the recognition of each other’s COVID-19 vaccine passports, facilitating Vietnamese citizens traveling abroad; instructing the application of vaccine passports held by foreigners in Vietnam; and informing relevant countries and territories about changes in Vietnam’s immigration policy.
New regulations for COVID-19 prevention
On March 16, the Ministry of Health immediately announced the renewed health surveillance protocol applicable to foreign arrivals, at the request of the government in the previous day’s message.
The regulations state that visitors with negative COVID-19 tests can travel quarantine-free from the first day of arrival in Vietnam.
Travelers entering the country by air routes must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 tests in the case of RT-PCR/RT-LAMP within 72 hours of departure or within 24 hours in the case of rapid antigen testing, and the results must be certified by the authorities of the country where the tests are performed.
Children under the age of two are exempt from these requirements, while people entering by road, sea and rail must meet these requirements.
If arrivals cannot show evidence of negative tests, they must take a test using one of the above two methods in the first 24 hours from the time of arrival.
If the results are negative, they will be allowed to travel outside their residence, subject to security measures. If their tests are positive, they should contact health authorities for further instructions.
Arrivals must provide a medical certificate prior to entry and use Vietnam’s COVID-19 mobile application PC-COVID throughout their stay.
If a person shows symptoms of COVID-19 infection at border gates, they must immediately notify the local health authorities to apply the regulated response measures.
No mandatory quarantine is required, but in the first 10 days after entry, people should self-monitor their health and if symptoms are found, they should seek help from the nearest medical facility.
Visitors are asked to wear masks regularly and to disinfect their hands.
People with no negative COVID-19 results prior to entry are asked not to stop and contact other people along the way from the border gate to their accommodation.
The new official set of COVID-19 rules also excluded requirements for COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificates.
These guidelines, released a day after the country fully reopened international tourism operations, replace all other previous COVID-19 rules for foreign entries.
With these relaxed rules, international visitors entering Vietnam will be “treated in the same way” as domestic visitors, as Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam promised late Tuesday.
Vietnam closed international tourism and stopped granting visas to foreign tourists since March 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
It is hoped the new regulations will allay the concerns of international tourism companies that have been desperate to welcome foreign holidaymakers back to the country after two years of severe disruption caused by the pandemic.
Vietnam has resumed economic activities following a strategy of safe and flexible adaptation to COVID-19 since October 1 last year.
The data showed the country had documented 6,552,918 COVID-19 infections as of Tuesday, with 3,383,142 recoveries and 41,545 fatalities. Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.