Quang Nam chosen to welcome first “vaccine passport holders”
By Nhan Tam
|Foreign tourists in Quang Nam in early 2020 when Covid-19 had not broken out in Vietnam – PHOTO: NHAN TAM|
QUANG NAM – The central province of Quang Nam will soon submit a plan to the central Government to pilot the resumption of international tourism from July 2021, while continuing to review the necessary conditions to welcome international tourists with Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
Le Tri Thanh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Nam Province, this morning confirmed to the Saigon Times that yesterday, April 15, he held a meeting with the competent authorities to discuss how to welcome international vaccine passport holders after receiving the written request from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on piloting the resumption of international tourism.
“I have worked with relevant agencies to complete the plan to register with the Government as the first locality to welcome international visitors to Vietnam for safe tourism,” he said. “Initially, we would like to welcome tourists from South Korea who will stay at the Hoiana complex and the Tui Blue Nam Hoi An Resort via Chu Lai Airport in the form of direct charter international flights.”
The guests will stay from five to 10 days and must meet all requirements, from vaccination certification and a negative PCR test to compliance with anti-prevention regulations.
The two resorts have been selected for the pilot program as they are large, luxurious and far from residential areas, according to previous surveys conducted by the Vietnam Administration for Tourism and Quang Nam’s authorities.
In addition, the Quang Nam authorities have been working with related parties to carefully prepare conditions and procedures to welcome guests at the Chu Lai airport.
According to the pilot plan to welcome international tourists via charter flights from Quang Nam province, the targeted international markets are Japan, South Korea and Taiwan based on consumption, effective anti-epidemic measures in countries and territories, bilateral agreements and acceptance of anti-epidemic results and vaccinations from both sides.
The flights are charter ones to ensure that all tourists travel to the same destination to ensure safety.
The plan would be deployed into two phases. In the first phase, expected from July 2021, the two resorts will welcome international tourists who want to stay for a long time, play golf and at the casino.
If the first phase is successfully implemented, Quang Nam Province will continue to implement the second phase, proposing other hotels such as Palm Garden, Four Seasons The Nam Hai and Vinpearl Resort & Golf Nam Hoi An also begin to welcome international guests.