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300+ passengers from France arrive in Quang Ninh under vaccine passport policy



300+ passengers from France arrive in Quang Ninh under vaccine passport policy

Passengers get off a flight from France at Van Don Airport in Quang Ninh Province, September 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Binh Minh

A flight with 301 Vietnamese passengers that arrived from France on Thursday morning was the last of a vaccine passport trial that adopts shortened seven-day quarantine.

All passengers on the flight that landed at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh had received two Covid-19 vaccine doses, with the second dose administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months prior to the date of entry.

They also furnished proof of negative Covid tests using the RT-PCR method validated by authorities in the host country 72 hours before departure.

After arriving at the airport, all passengers were transported to FLC Ha Long Hotel to undergo seven-day quarantine instead of the usual 14 days.

On Sept. 4 and 12, Van Don airport welcomed three flights from Japan and the U.S., carrying over 700 vaccinated passengers who were also eligible to enjoy the vaccine passport program.

All pilot flights in September under the policy went smoothly and safely, helping create favorable conditions for the early reopening of domestic and foreign trade activities, said airport director Pham Ngoc Sau.

The government last June approved pilot implementation of a vaccine passport program in Quang Ninh, home to the nation’s first private airport and UNESCO heritage site Ha Long Bay. Vaccinated or recovered entrants will be quarantined for seven days upon arrival.

Quang Ninh resumed intra-provincial tourism and entertainment activities from Tuesday, but only for vaccinated residents.

Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year. Only Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts, diplomats, investors, and highly-skilled workers have been allowed in since with stringent quarantine requirements.



More tourism areas allow in domestic visitors with safeguards



More tourism areas allow in domestic visitors with safeguards

A beach in Mui Ne resort town, Binh Thuan. Photo by VnExpress/Kim Cuong

Authorities in Quang Nam, Kien Giang and Binh Thuan, home to a number of famous tourist destinations, have announced plans to welcome fully vaccinated domestic tourists.

Le Ngoc Tuong, deputy director of the Quang Nam’s Department of Tourism, earlier this week announced a four-phase tourism reopening plan based on vaccine coverage and the pandemic situation.

In the first phase from later this month to next month, the province, home to UNESCO heritage site Hoi An, will allow the tourists from nearby localities with low and medium levels of Covid risk.

In the second phase from early December, with all tourism workers fully vaccinated, the province will also allow visitors from localities with high risk.

But tourists will need to book package tours with a designated travel agency.

In the third phase from early next year the requirement for booking package tours will go.

Subsequently Quang Nam will reopen its doors to fully immunized foreign tourists if it receives approval from the government.

The south-central province of Binh Thuan, home to beach resort town Mui Ne, reopened to domestic tourists last Sunday.

They need to be fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid. Those aged under 18 must furnish a negative Covid test certificate obtained within 48 hours before arrival.

Authorities in Kien Giang Province, home to Phu Quoc Island, will, from November 1, welcome back fully vaccinated domestic tourists from localities with low and medium Covid risk.

Visitors are encouraged to book tour packages and comply with pandemic prevention measures. They will be allowed to visit amusement and other tourist destinations in Phu Quoc, Ha Tien, Rach Gia, and Kien Hai.

A government directive on assessing the pandemic risk in a locality has two primary criteria: the rate of people aged 18 and more who have been vaccinated and the number of new cases per 100,000 people in a week.

Based on these, areas are classified as very high, high, medium, or low risk.

All 63 cities and provinces in the country have announced their risk levels. Quang Nam and Kien Giang are at medium while Binh Thuan is low.

With the pandemic more or less under control, some tourist hotspots eased social distancing requirements in October and resumed tourism.

Under its latest guidelines, the tourism ministry has exempted fully immunized domestic tourists from Covid tests except those with symptoms or coming from high-risk areas.


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Vietnam to welcome back foreign travelers in November



Foreign holidaymakers who have been fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 at least six months and undergone a negative COVID-19 test are allowed to visit a number of major tourist attractions in Vietnam on a trial basis.

The tourism sector will implement a pilot scheme to receive back international visitors following a month long hiatus caused by COVID-19.

The tourism sector will implement a pilot scheme to receive back international visitors following a month long hiatus caused by COVID-19.

The proposal which was put forward by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism received an approval in principle from Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at a working session with leaders of the cultural ministry and several provinces on October 21.

Dam stressed the need to quickly carry out a roadmap for reopening and restoring international tourism markets, but reminded localities of the implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures to ensure safety for both visitors and local residents.

Several tourism driven localities such as Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, and Da Nang have requested that the Government permit them to receive back foreign tourists from November as soon as Vietnam moves into a post-pandemic period.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has worked out a roadmap to be implemented on a trial basis in three phases.

In the first phase, Vietnam will reopen the door to foreign tourists from November 2021 who book package tours to Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam and Da Nang through charter and commercial flights.

The second phase, starting from January 2022, will see Vietnam expand the scope of receiving international tourists and connecting destinations through regular charter and commercial flights.

Visitors can travel to various tourist destinations in different localities after completing their tour programme in the first destination within a period of seven days. In this phase, they can move back and forth between destinations in Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh.

In the third phase, Vietnam will fully reopen its door to international tourism services from the second quarter of 2022, on the condition that all COVID-19 prevention and control plans are in place.

Currently many localities have developed their plans to welcome back foreign visitors. They are accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure local residents, including hotel and resort staff and tour guides, are fully inoculated against the virus.

Source: VOV


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Discovering Đề Gi – Vũng Bồi, a peaceful and pristine beauty



Đề Gi Seaport is located in Cát Khánh Commune, Phù Cát District, about 50km north of Quy Nhơn city centre. — Photo

By Thanh Giang

HÀ NỘI — Quy Nhơn, a coastal city in Bình Định Province, is the land of blue sea, white sand and golden sunshine. It is known as one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Asia. Among the famous tourist destinations such as Kỳ Co, Hòn Khô, Cù Lao Xanh, there is Đề Gi – Vũng Bồi.

We had the opportunity to visit Đề Gi – Vũng Bồi before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. Đề Gi Seaport and Vũng Bồi Beach both have radiant and wild natures.

Đề Gi is a bay, with a sea gate, a fishing village, beautiful beaches and unique sand dunes. Đề Gi Seaport is located in Cát Khánh Commune, Phù Cát District, about 50km north of Quy Nhơn city centre. We followed the DT640 route to get there.

Đề Gi is not as crowded as other destinations and the natural beauty of the place captivated us. Large and small boats lie on the sand in front of clear and clean water. The water here is divided into three distinct colours. Near the shore, the water is light green and clear. A little further, it turns to jade green. Far beyond the ocean is a deep blue like the sky. 

We took a walk around the bustling port. There was a very beautiful embankment where we could relax and take many nice photos. There were lots of fishermen working. 

From Đề Gi Seaport, we rented a canoe to get to a more remote spot. After 20 – 30 minutes of cruising on the sea, we landed on Vũng Bồi, an island with a picturesque beach that captivated our hearts from the first glance.

The beautiful remote Vũng Bồi beach. — Photo

Undulating rocky mountains embrace Vũng Bồi in an arc, creating an extremely beautiful sight. Immersed in the cool water of nature or simply lying on the golden sand, we sipped a drink and relaxed.

We didn’t miss the opportunity to snorkel though – the colourful coral reefs here should not be missed. We spent hours diving in the ocean, admiring the beauty of the corals.

After enjoying the coral reefs, we took time to sup (Stand Up Paddleboard). Compared to kayaking, sup is more difficult. But coming to Vũng Bồi, you should try this activity once, as a way to challenge yourself.

Perhaps the most interesting and memorable experience for us on the journey back to Đề Gi from Vũng Bồi was being able to hunt fish right on Vũng Bồi Beach, thanks to the guidance of experienced local fishermen. We were equipped with diving suits, swimming glasses and a stick for skewering the fish. This is a new activity introduced here and is only for those who know how to swim and love adventure.

Spearfishing, a new activity on Vũng Bồi Beach. — Photo

In addition to the experiences on Vũng Bồi Beach, we spent time in the Vĩnh Lợi sand dunes in the afternoon.

From Đề Gi Port to this beautiful sandhill is only about 20 minutes. In front of us, a white cat appeared, lying peacefully on the green sea. We arrived at sunset, and the light at this time was beautiful for taking photos. 

The Vĩnh Lợi sand dunes are still a wild beauty of stretching white sand dunes. — Photo

At the foot of the sand dunes, the land is cracked because of the hot summer sun, which creates a unique and interesting backdrop for visitors to take photos.

After a day of fun, we gathered around the red fire in Đề Gi to enjoy delicious seafood dishes. While enjoying the food we were told about the characteristics of each type of snail and fish species.

Đề Gi and Vũng Bồi haven’t yet become famous on the tourist map of Việt Nam. However, when you come here once, you will forever be attached to this beautiful land. There is not only poetic scenery but also many interesting travel experiences. — VNS


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