Quang Ninh has received the first flight of 297 Vietnamese citizens returning from Japan for a reduced 7-day quarantine piloted for foreign arrivals with vaccine passports.
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Vietnam is experimenting with shortening the mandatory quarantine period (from 21 to seven days) for entries through Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh province for entrants who have been sufficiently vaccinated and meet other conditions.
All passengers have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the second jab administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months before entrance. They must also have proof of negative COVID-19 tests (RT-PCR method) certified by authorities of the host country, taken 72 hours before departure.
After seven days in central quarantine, arrivals will continue quarantining at home for another seven days, and monitor their health for the next 14 days. Travellers who haven not received two shots will have to be in central quarantine for 14 days and monitor their health for the following 14 days.
If successful, the 7-day quarantine pilot will be expanded to more people with legitimate travel demands, such as Vietnamese residents living abroad, international businessmen, and specialists.
The inititative is in line with Vietnam's efforts to gradually adapt to the new normal and puruse the dual goals of pandemic control and economic development. Another Vietnamese repatriation flight from the United States is scheduled to arrive on September 12.