Kien Giang People's Committee decided to carry out the pilot plan to welcome international visitors to Phu Quoc Island in November instead of October as originally planned.
|Phu Quoc has delayed the pilot opening for international tourists by a month |
The delay is due to the low vaccination rate in Phu Quoc Island. At present, about 35 per cent of the total population on the island have received their first shot. From September 24, Phu Quoc will speed up its vaccination campaign to welcome foreign tourists. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health will provide about 200,000 doses of vaccine to Phu Quoc to administer to local residents and tourism workforce.
Kien Giang chose seven businesses in Phu Quoc, 14 hotels of 4-5-star with 8,000 rooms to serve as a pilot to welcome international guests. Currently, officials and employees of these businesses and hotels have been fully vaccinated with two vaccine doses.
Under the new plan, Phu Quoc will welcome the first charter flight to the island on November 20 with a limited number of passengers. The island will pilot the process of picking up fully vaccinated guests from the airport to their accommodation. About a month later, Phu Quoc will welcome more guests on Christmas.
It is expected that the island will welcome 3,000-5,000 guests a month from December 20 to March 20 next year. In the final stage to June 20, if the requirements are met, Phu Quoc will expand the scale to welcome 5,000-10,000 guests per month.
Phu Quoc is also developing a backup plan with the capacity for testing and quarantine 2,000 people and medical treatment for 1,000 people. The pilot plan to reopening Phu Quoc Island will determine the next stage of recovery of Vietnam's tourism. The preparation for Phu Quoc will set foundation for other localities across the country to open up tourism market.