Phu Quoc welcomes int'l tourists under vaccine passport program

Created 20 November 2021
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204 South Koreans landed on Kien Giang's Phu Quoc Island Saturday noon, becoming the first international tourists to land on the island after nearly two years due to the pandemic.

The tourists flew from Seoul to the Phu Quoc International Airport and were welcomed by authorities.

"I am happy to see everything, from the scenery to the way we were received, to be so great," said a tourist on his first time to Phu Quoc, Vietnam's largest island.

Tourists undergo health screening processes right at the airport, before traveling to the Phu Quoc United Center, where they would spend the next four days at.

Resorts, entertainment and sport venues, parks and zoos, among other services, would be available.

During their trip, tourists would be tested twice, one time when they entered the island and the other when they leave.

Nguyen Trung Khanh, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said the visit is among the first events for the trial vaccine passport program, both for Phu Quoc and Vietnam. It is a step towards resuming tourism in Vietnam, he added.

Nguyen Luu Trung, deputy chairman of the Kien Giang People's Committee, said the events marks a new chapter for Phu Quoc's tourism.

"We believe that the cooperation between businesses, until the end of the year, Phu Quoc could receive and serve up to 400,000 tourists," he said.

Kien Giang is one of five localities to get the green light from the government to welcome back fully immunized tourists from November onwards along with Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, and Da Nang.

Quang Nam received more than 150 tourists this week.

Source: VNE

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