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Lao Cai Is Willing To Welcome International Visitors When Vietnam Opens Its Doors To Foreign Tourists

The second phase of the program for welcoming international tourists will be implemented from now to March 14 before the country is set to fully reopen international tourism and lift all travel restrictions from March 15.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has renewed guidelines for the implementation of the second phase of a pilot program to welcome international tourists.

Lao Cai currently does not have any international airport with direct flights to receive international passengers.

The Lao Cai international tourist border gate located on the Lao Cai – China border has not yet reopened.

Visitors after entering through the airport can move to Lao Cai. However, visitors need to meet some conditions as follows.

Scope of tourism reopening is tourists via charter flights or regular international commercial flights.

Incoming tourists shall be required to show proof of full vaccination, with the last dose taken at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before their arrival, or certificate of recovery from COVID-19 issued within six months.

Travellers must present a certificate of negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before arriving in Viet Nam.

The mandatory insurance coverage amount for COVID-19 treatment shall be at least US$20,000.

If tested negative for COVID-19 on the third day after arrival, fully vaccinated travellers can participate in tourism programs in all localities allowed to join the pilot program.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated tourists accompanied by parents or guardians are required to participate in tourism programs of travel agents within seven days from the date of arrival.

These tourists shall be asked to take RT-PCR tests on the third and seventh days after arrival if their duration of stay is more than seven days. 

During tourism program in Vietnam

Tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from COVID-19 have to:

– Participate in tourism programs provided by tour operator enterprises that last at least 3 days after entry.

– Tourists shall monitor their health for the first 3 days from the date of entry, any sign of fever, coughing, sore throat, dyspnea, fatigue – tiredness – shivers, reduced or lost sense of taste or sense of smell, or positive test result to COVID-19 must be immediately reported to the tour operator enterprises and medical personnel in order to be promptly screened and managed.

– Perform RT-PCR test on the 3rd day from the date of entry. If tourists are positive to SARS-CoV-2, comply with regulations of Ministry of Health.

Treatment costs shall be incurred by insurance or tour operator enterprises. If tourists are negative to SARS-CoV-2, continue to monitor their health for the rest of the 14-day period from the date of entry.

– After receiving negative RT-PCR test results against COVID-19 on the 3rd day, tourists can:

+ Continue to participate in the tourism programs as registered (if the programs are longer than 3 days).

+ Participate in tourism programs and utilize local services permitted to welcome international tourists.

+ Return to registered residence or relative visit location.

Tourists must register to tour operator enterprises in writing to enable the enterprises to inform local authorities about cooperation in monitoring health and managing groups of tourists as per the law.

– Tourists can return to their countries via regular international commercial flights or licensed charter flights.

For tourists (accompanied by parents or guardians) who have not been adequately vaccinated against COVID-19

– Participate in tourism programs provided by tour operator enterprises after within 7 days from the date of entry.

– Tourists shall monitor their health for the first 7 days from the date of entry, any sign of fever, coughing, sore throat, dyspnea, fatigue – tiredness – shivers, reduced or lost sense of taste or sense of smell, or positive test result to COVID-19 must be immediately reported to the tour operator enterprises and medical personnel in order to be promptly screened and managed.

– Take RT-PCR test on the 3rd and the 7th days. If tourists are positive to SARS-CoV-2, comply with regulations of Ministry of Health.

Treatment costs shall be incurred by insurance or tour operator enterprises. If tourists are negative to SARS-CoV-2, continue to monitor health until the end of the 14-day period.

– Parents, legal guardians, and caregivers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from COVID-19 accompanying tourists who have not been fully vaccinated must comply with requirements for testing and regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control applicable to tourists who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

– After receiving negative RT-PCR test results against COVID-19 on the 7th day, tourists can:

+ Continue to participate in the tourism programs as registered (if the programs are longer than 7 days).

+ Participate in tourism programs and utilize local services permitted to welcome international tourists.

+ Return to registered residence or relative visit location.

Tourists must register to tour operator enterprises in writing to enable the enterprises to inform local authorities about cooperation in monitoring health and managing groups of tourists as per the law.

– Tourists can return to their countries via regular international commercial flights or licensed charter flights.

– For tourists who have completed the tourism programs that last less than 7 days, they can return to their countries via regular international commercial flights or licensed charter flights in accordance with guidelines and procedures publicized by the respective countries.

 

Bui Ha

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