Vietnam shortens quarantine time for fully vaccinated travellers

August 09, 2021 | 13:19
Vietnam has decided to shorten quarantine time for fully vaccinated travellers with negative COVID-19 test results to seven days of centralised quarantine followed by another seven days of medical surveillance.
Vietnam shortens quarantine time for fully vaccinated travellers
Vietnam has reduced centralised quarantine for those fully vaccinated (Photo: Unsplash)

Vaccinated travellers must present a certificate of a negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before arriving in Vietnam.

Travellers must have received two doses of vaccine with with the final dose at least 14 whole days and no more than 12 months before before arrival. Those who have previously contacted the coronavirus and have certificates to prove that they have recovered from the virus will also be able to make use of the shorter quarantine.

Travellers will still need to take either rapid antigen or RT-PCR tests during the first quarantine period. On the seventh day, they will have to take another RT-PCR test to ensure negative results.

After centralised quarantine, travellers will have to move to their residence or accommodation for further medical observation. During this time, they must follow the 5K measures like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. They will also be required to use the Bluezone contact tracing app during the seven days of follow-up observation.

Since the oubreak of the pandemic, Vietnam has closed its border for most international arrivals. The country has implemented both 14 and 21-day quarantine periods at different times.

Earlier, the northern province of Quang Ninh had been selected to pilot the seven-day quarantine in July.

The latest steps towards reopening international travel make it easier for vaccinated people in foreign counties such as the EU and the US to travel to Vietnam.

By Ngoc Khue

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