Pilot opening of Phu Quoc island to foreign visitors approved

The Ministry of Transport has basically agreeing to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s draft pilot plan on welcoming international tourists to Phu Quoc island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

However, the ministry noted the need to work out thorough measures of COVID-19 prevention and control.

The ministry also proposed giving priority to vaccinating local residents in Phu Quoc against COVID-19.

Currently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is collecting feedback on its draft pilot programme, which aims at opening the island to international visitors with vaccine passports for six months beginning in October.

Under the scheme, Phu Quoc is expected to welcome 2,000 to 3,000 visitors per month via charter flights in a limited number of locations during the first phase, which will last three months.

In the second phase, also lasting for three months, the island will host 5,000 to 10,000 visitors per month./.