With negative Covid-19 tests, fully vaccinated foreign tourists may freely travel in Vietnam after only one day of isolation following entry, according to the Ministry of Health’s proposed regulations.

This is part of the set of pandemic rules that the ministry sent to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism on the plan to reopen international tourism in the new normal, scheduled to start from March 15, after over two years of closures due to Covid-19.

The reopening of tourism activities under new normal should be based on the assessment of the Covid-19 outbreak level in each locality and area that is expected to provide accommodation, sightseeing and entertainment services for tourists.

The locality also needs to have a backup plan to respond to possible Covid-19 developments during the reopening process to guarantee absolute safety for tourists and the local community, the ministry noted.

Tourists from 12 years and older who want to enter Vietnam must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the last dose received at least 14 days but no more than six months before the date of entry.

The vaccinations must be verified via vaccine passport forms that Vietnam has officially recognised, or other documents that were authenticated by relevant authorities in case those documents have been approved for direct use in Vietnam; or that they have recovered from Covid-19 within six months of the entry date – which is verified by documents showing proof of a positive RT-PCR test or recovery from Covid-19 or other equivalent documents.

High-risk people such as those aged 65 years or older, pregnant women, people with underlying medical conditions but not requiring constant monitoring and treatment at medical facilities, should limit travel until new recommendations and strictly comply with Covid-19 vaccination rules before entering Vietnam.

Tourists will need to have a negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test result within 72 hours of entry, approved by authorised authorities of the country where the tests were conducted.

Tourists will need to make medical declarations and are required to install the Vietnam Covid-19 app (PC-Covid) during their entire stay in the country.

At the border gates, tourists who show symptoms of suspected Covid-19 infections should report to the health authorities at the border gate for appropriate health measures.

The 5K message – facemask, disinfection, distance, no gathering, and health declaration – must be strictly followed during the movement from the border gate to the place of accommodation, with limited stopping, parking along the road, and contact with the local community recommended.

In special/emergency cases where a rest stop is needed, safety measures must be taken to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19.

In the first 24 hours after entry, tourists are required to remain at their place of accommodation and have a Covid-19 test.

In the first 72 hours after entry, tourists are recommended to not leave their place of accommodation, but if they want to leave, they will need to have a negative Covid-19 test result every day before going out.

If tourists do not travel outside of their place of accommodation within the first 72 hours after entry, they will only need to undergo two Covid-19 tests – one on the first day of entry, and another on the third day of entry.