Deputy Prime Minister urged Health Ministry to revise entry requirements

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On Monday afternoon, the government office sent Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam’s statement over revising entry and quarantine regulations for international tourists. The Ministry of Health was requested to submit the final plan to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism by the end of March 15 to be ready for the restart of tourism.

In particular, the revised content must follow the plan agreed at the meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on February 15 and announced at the regular Government meeting on March 7. The plan stipulates that international visitors to Vietnam do not need to register for a tour, just need to show proof of vaccination or recovery from the covid. Pre-departure testing is mandatory. Either rapid antigen test (conducted 24 hours prior to the flight) or PRC test (performed 72 hours before the flight) is accepted.

The air travelers who have symptoms of covid will be tested on arrival. The others are allowed to move directly to booked accommodation, self-quarantine in 24 hours and take a rapid antigen or PRC test, continue to self-monitor their health in the next 14 days and follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message. (face mask, disinfection, distancing, no gatherings, health declaration).

Travelers entering via land borders will be tested at the border. All travelers must install a health management application during their stay in Vietnam. Also stated in the plan, the travelers are required to have health insurance of minimum coverage of 10.000 USD covid treatment. If the travelers got positive for covid, they will be quarantined and treated like local people.

On February 26, the Ministry of Health recommended tightening entry rules, disapproving rapid antigen tests, and requiring 72 hours quarantine after arrival. Earlier, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism also submitted 2 plans to the government for approval on March 3 and 12, suggesting relaxed entry requirements for international tourists.

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