Vaccine passport in Vietnam is one of the most searched keywords among not only business travelers who are in need for a business trip to Vietnam, but also leisure ones who have been kept home for so long.
COVID-19 pandemic has no sign of ending yet, and many countries worldwide have, so far, made a lot of efforts to promote their economy in general, and tourism in particular. And Vaccine passport is one of considered-the-best solutions.
- What is Covid vaccine passport?
- What are benefits of holding a vaccine passport?
- How Vaccine passport works for Vietnam?
- Is it safe to travel to Vietnam after getting covid vaccinated?
All the things will be made clear in this post.
1. What is Covid vaccine passport?
The Covid 19 vaccine passport is a form of documentation (likely digital) proving that you have been vaccinated against Covid-19. It is, in some countries, known as vaccine pass or “green pass”, digital green pass”, “green pass”.
The idea behind a vaccine passport is that it would allow a person to resume activities that are now restricted due to Covid 19 outbreak, including freer travel, entering a restaurant, cinema, gym or attending concerts, sporting events, theater performances and other events that would put you in close proximity with a lot of other people.
Due to COVID 19, the Covid vaccine passport may become a required item to enter any country, in addition to valid physical passport and visa. As such, it is also referred to as “vaccine visa”.
2. Benefits of holding vaccine passports?
The greatest benefits of holding a vaccine passport is that you can visit certain places or countries without Covid test/quarantine upon arrival.
You can check how this type of passport is applied by countries around the world here.
3. How Vaccine passport works for Vietnam?
When Vietnam opens its borders to tourists is on top concern by various travelers around the world. Whether it comes with the instruction of COVID 19 vaccine passport? No one has the answer at the moment.
At the moment, Vietnam only allows foreign experts, their spouse/children and Vietnamese citizens to enter Vietnam if they have a Vietnam entry permit. Those entrants are all subject to Covid test upon arrival and then 14-day quarantine at a designated facility.
Although Vietnam has not approved any policy on entry of foreigners with Vaccine passport. But the country and its agencies, authorities have made some positive moves in this regard as follows:
|Date||Vaccine passport in Vietnam Updates|
This policy was released by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam on August 4, 2021. Accordingly, the entrants meeting the following conditions shall be entitled to 7-day concentrated quarantine at designated facility upon arrival and then 7-day follow-up monitoring at home/place of residence:
It is firstly available for international visitors:
In the 6 months of pilot, starting from October 2021, the island is expected to receive between 2,000 and 3,000 tourists each month in the opening three months through charter flights, and between 5,000 and 10,000 guests per month in the next three months via commercial flights.
Khanh Hoa, home to tourist hotspot Nha Trang, plans to trial a program to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists later this year with several restrictions.
Authorities of this province have assigned the Department of Tourism to prepare a detailed roadmap for the program and submit it to the government for approval. They have said that the pilot vaccine passport program will be only carried out on a small scale, with little impact on local socio-economic activities and people’s lives around.
The provincial tourism department has proposed that in the first phase of the program, starting at the end of this year, foreign tourists would arrive in chartered flights, stay in sequestered beach resorts on Long Beach in Cam Ranh Peninsula, around 45 kilometers from Nha Trang.
They will be securely escorted and only allowed to play golf and visit tourist destinations around the peninsula.
The department is eyeing Russia and South Korea, the biggest feeder markets for Khanh Hoa tourism, and some other countries that have successfully contained the Covid-19 pandemic.
Foreign tourists would need to furnish a certificate showing they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Vietnam. For a double shot vaccine, the second one must have been taken between 12 months and 14 days before the date of entry.
Those who’ve been infected and have recovered must furnish a certificate from the country of treatment. The discharge date must fall within the previous 12 months.
Visitors must also present a negative result in a PCR test done within 72 hours before departure.
Conditions of eligibility:
This pilot program is applicable to foreign entrants (who are experts and their family members, foreign students) meeting the following requirements:
► Those people, after concentrated quarantine, shall be subject to 7-day home-based isolation and 14-day follow-up health observation.
► The entrants who have not fully vaccinated will be subject to 14-day concentrated quarantine, and follow-up health observation for 14 days.
► Pilot duration: 1 month, from July 1, 2021
► Place of pilot: Quang Ninh province
Covid vaccinated entrants may be subject to a shorter quarantine period
In case their SARS-CoV-2 test upon arrival in Vietnam is confirmed negative, they may be entitled to a shorter quarantine period (perhaps 01 week when everything is in perfect condition).
|April 9||Vietnam readies for entry of foreigners holding vaccine passports, including tourists and investors|
It is expected that when Vietnam applies the Vaccine passport policy, the foreign entrants would be divided into 02 groups, consisting of:
1. Foreigners entering Vietnam to invest and do business.
2. International tourists, firstly from countries that have basically brought the pandemic under control and those that have deployed vaccination programs to achieve community immunity.
|April 6 2021||Urgent resumption of regular international flights and early application of “vaccine passport” in Vietnam are proposed|
According to the proposal, the entrants to Vietnam who have been vaccinated and have negative Covid PCR test results will be allowed to enter Vietnam with minimized concentrated quarantine duration.
|March 31, 2021||Proposal on exempting vaccinated foreigners from concentrated quarantine from September |
Accordingly, international flights are scheduled to be resumed with countries and territories that have approved the same type of Covid-19 vaccines as Vietnam.
Passengers will be exempted from 14-day concentrated quarantine if they show a certificate confirming they had tested negative for the novel coronavirus and an international vaccination certificate proving they had been inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine recognized by Vietnam.
|March 24, 2021||Vietnam Airlines – the National flag carrier would work with domestic and foreign agencies in building and applying a “COVID-19 vaccine passport” project.|
|March 19, 2021||Deputy Prime Minister chaired a meeting to discuss implementation of vaccine passport in Vietnam with officials of Vietnam.|
|March 16, 2021||Plans for “Covid-19 vaccine passport” implementation is initially considered|
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4. Is is safe to travel Vietnam after getting Covid vaccinated?
Despite recent complicated development of the 3rd wave of Covid 19 in Vietnam, the country is still doing well in control the situation. The number of confirmed Covid 19 cases remains low compared to other countries in the region in particular, and other countries in the world in general. You can see updates of the number of Covid cases in Vietnam here.
In addition, Vietnam has made the best efforts to minimize the number of deaths caused by Corona virus.
Another important factor is that Vietnam is on its way to quickly carry out the Covid vaccination programs for its people.
As such, Vietnam is, for sure, a safe country for your travel.
At the moment, Vietnam has not widely opened its borders to tourists. Only the following foreigners can apply for Vietnam entry:
- Foreign workers with a valid Vietnam work permit or diploma & working experience confirmation.
- Foreign investors, or
- Foreign managers.
But to be eligible for a Vietnam entry, those foreigners must have their sponsor companies in Vietnam apply for a Vietnam entry permit regardless they are holding a valid temporary residence card or visa of Vietnam.