Vietnam yet to issue specific entry requirements for vaccinated people: Spokesperson

Vietnam has not yet issued specific entry requirements for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on April 8.

As some countries have applied the “vaccine passport”, per request of the Prime Minister, relevant agencies are assessing and proposing suitable measures for this issue, she said.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with relevant agencies to study the experience of other countries so as to devise appropriate entry and exit policy, towards the dual targets of curbing the spread of the pandemic and bolstering socio-economic development,” Hang noted.

“Vaccine passport” is a certificate granted to people who have received two full doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. In some countries, holders may not stay in quarantine and undergo COVID-19 testing.

People wait in line to complete customs procedures before entering Vietnam. Photo: VNA

Vietnam is working with countries in the approval of the document via QR code, based on either health insurance number or ID card number, Vietnamplus reported.

The QR code may also be valid when the vaccinated travel abroad.

Previously, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has sent a report to the Ministry of Transport on the application of vaccine passports for people entering Vietnam.

The CAAV stressed the importance of using a mechanism on vaccine passports for those entering Vietnam, as the quick re-opening of international commercial flights is becoming urgent.

Those who hold vaccine passports confirming they have received COVID-19 vaccinations and tested negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 using the Real-time PCR technique will be allowed to enter Vietnam and have their concentrated quarantine period minimized.

Vietnam currently has no legal regulations relating to the implementation of vaccine passports in the country, the CAAV said, emphasizing the need to carry out relevant agreements at the Governmental and inter-ministry levels between Vietnam and other countries that will apply to international visitors entering or leaving Vietnam.

Vietnamese airlines' aircraft at Noi Bai International Airport. Photo: VNA

A top official from the authority said it is necessary to apply technology in certifying vaccine injections and negative test results to restart international passenger transport early and effectively.

Using e-data would limit the falsification of vaccine passports and negative test results, which have been detected in several countries, the CAAV added.

It also stressed the need for mutual recognition as well as system links between countries.

The CAAV earlier also submitted a plan to the Ministry of Transport on the reopening of international flights in three stages.

Nine imported cases of COVID-19 were detected in the past 12 hours to 6 pm April 8, raising the national count to 2,668, according to the Health Ministry.

Of the new cases, two are Indian experts, and seven are Vietnamese citizens returning from abroad.

A total of 2,429 COVID-19 patients in the country have been given the all-clear so far, while the death toll remains at 35.

Among patients still under treatment, 22 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 11 twice and 17 thrice.

Meanwhile, 36,971 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic areas are under medical monitoring nationwide, with 516 in hospitals, 20,830 in designated facilities, and 15,625 at their accommodations.

In a bid to live safely with the pandemic, people should strictly follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message: khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering) and khai bao y te (health declaration).