It’s official: Vietnam Cuts Quarantine Time for Vaccinated Travelers to 7 Days

, It’s official: Vietnam Cuts Quarantine Time for Vaccinated Travelers to 7 Days

Vietnam has updated its coronavirus guidance to full vaccinated entrants can now quarantine for just seven days instead of its previous 14-day recommendation.

Shortened alternatives for quarantining were announced by Health Ministry on Wednesday.

A document by the ministry said entrants with proper certificates to show that they have been fully vaccinated with the last dose given between 14 days and 12 months before arrival, and have tested negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours before arrival, VNExpress reported.

Additionally, those infected with Covid-19 and have certificates to prove that they have recovered from it within the last six months would also see their centralized quarantine period reduced.

Following centralized quarantine, entrants would need to monitor their own health for the next seven days, while constantly using contact tracing app Bluezone.

The health ministry has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue guidance on evaluating and certifying Covid-19 vaccination and recovery certificates. Localities should provide opportunities for entrants to be quarantined in hotels if needed, and entrants would pay the quarantine fees themselves.

Further details including implementation date have not been revealed.

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Since last month, the health ministry has trialed a similar quarantine approach in the northern province of Quang Ninh, which allows fully vaccinated individuals or recovered Covid-19 patients to undergo seven days in centralized quarantine.

Vietnam closed its borders from March last year and those allowed to enter have been mostly Vietnamese citizens stranded abroad, foreign diplomats, investors and high-skilled workers, according to VNExpress.

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