Vietnam accelerates vaccine passport scheme for foreign citizens

VOV.VN - Vietnamese competent agencies are in the process of speeding up the deployment of vaccine passports, whilst adjusting immigration regulations and creating favourable conditions for experts, foreign workers, and investors to enter the country.

This statement was made by Doan Khac Viet, deputy spokesman for the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a regular press briefing held on September 9 in Hanoi in response to a question from the media about information regarding the application of vaccine passports moving forward.

The Ministry of Health issued guidance on August 4 relating to the medical isolation for people entering Vietnam who have received two full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or who have previously recovered from the virus.

At present, the country is considering implementing a pilot scheme of closed tourism for international travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the official said.

This comes after flight VN5311 landed at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh on September 4, carrying onboard 297 Vietnamese citizens from Japan. The a flight was part of the "7-day medical isolation" scheme being run by the Ministry of Health for citizens who have received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

After entering Van Don International Airport, passengers were required to undergo a seven-day concentrated medical isolation, a period which was shortened to seven days from 14 compared to the normal process. However, the length of isolation will be dependent on the strain of COVID-19 variant where passengers departed from.