Phu Quoc International Airport. (Photo: VNA)

The ministry basically agreed with the contents of the draft pilot plan on welcoming international tourists to Phu Quoc in order to realize the Government leader’s direction on the implementation of the Politburo’s Conclusion 07.

The ministry noted the need to work out thorough measures of COVID-19 prevention and control to ensure safety for locals and prevent the spread of the virus from foreign visitors to the local community.

It also proposed giving priority to vaccinating local residents in Phu Quoc against COVID-19, monitoring international tourists throughout the duration of their stay, and putting in place plans to prevent infections among service providers.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is collecting suggestions from ministries and sectors on its pilot plan and the process of welcoming international visitors with “vaccine passports” to Phu Quoc in 6 months, starting from October 2021.

According to the draft plan, the reception of international tourists with “vaccine passports” has two phases. In the first phase (3 months), Phu Quoc will pilot welcoming about 2,000-3,000 tourists a month, via charter flights, and tourists will be served with limited scope and locations.

In the second phase (3 months), the scale will expand from 5,000-10,000 tourists a month; tourists can travel via commercial flights; and the scope and location of services will be expanded.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to welcome 25,000-40,000 international tourists to Phu Quoc during the six months./.