Eligible visitors need to furnish documents showing they had received two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Vietnam, the second between 14 days and 12 months before the date of entry, or that they had COVID and recovered in the previous 12 months. They also have to present a negative COVID-19 testing certificate issued by authorised agencies within 72 hours before departure and proved that they have booked a package tour with a travel agency. Phu Quoc aims to attract tourists from countries and regions which have so far contained the pandemic like Northeast Asia, Europe, the US, the Middle East, and the Oceania. Foreign visitors need to travel to Vietnam by air.
The local administration is accelerating vaccination for all people on the island. Huynh Quang Hung, Chairman of the Phu Quoc Municipal People’s Committee, said, 'Early vaccination will help us soon reopen to welcome domestic and foreign tourists like Puket in Thailand or Bali in Indonesia and achieve our dual goal of containing the pandemic and promoting socio-economic growth. '
Authorities are working on criteria concerning disease safety and service quality to select hotels, travel agencies, and transport service providers for the plan.
Visitors will be tested at the hotel and will stay there until the test result is available. With negative test results, tourists are allowed to travel to destinations under the package tour program. Those who test positive must pay for the quarantine fees. Before leaving Vietnam, visitors will be tested again and pay for the testing.
Under a six-month trial program, 2,000-3,000 tourists will come every month by charter flight in the first three months, and stay in sequestered resorts and limited areas. Then the monthly number will increase to 5,000-10,000 with tourists also arriving by commercial flights, and they will be permitted to visit more destinations on the island.