A Vietnamese travel company has proposed a special tourism model that, if approved, may allow tens of thousands of Russian tourists to visit several famous destinations in the Southeast Asian country every month.
The proposal was submitted to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism by Anex Vietnam Travel and Trading Company.
Fully-vaccinated Russian tourists will be able to purchase tours to Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang City, and Da Nang City under a closed tourism model named 7+, meaning that the minimum length of each package is seven days, according to the firm's plan.
During the first seven days, travelers have to stay at designated resorts and hotels that meet pandemic safety requirements, while complying with several travel restrictions.
If tourists test negative for COVID-19 on the seventh day of the itinerary, they will be allowed to visit, eat, and shop at places arranged by the tour operator.
Visitors will also be able to change accommodation after the seventh day.
If they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their stay, they will have to undergo paid quarantine in accordance with regulations.
During the pilot phase, the model will only target visitors from Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok, a representative of Anex Vietnam told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
The firm will coordinate with Russia’s Azur Air and Anex Tour Company to promote and tailor package tours as well as offer them to Russian tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tourists will be taken to Phu Quoc, Cam Ranh, and Da Nang International Airports on charter flights with the frequency of one flight per airport per week.
They will be required to present a legitimate certificate of vaccination and test negative for the coronavirus via the real-time RT-PCR method within 72 hours before their arrival.
After arriving at the airport, they will have to undergo a rapid coronavirus test.
Children under 18 who travel with parents or guardians need to have a negative test result and travel insurance that can cover the cost of COVID-19 treatment.
“During the pilot phase, which lasts for three to five months, we expect to welcome about 6,000 tourists to Phu Quoc, 6,000 travelers to Nha Trang, and 2,000 others to Da Nang every month,” the representative stated.
When the plan becomes official, the number of visitors is anticipated to double.
The tours are designed to last at least seven days as Russian visitors usually stay in Vietnam for about 14 to 16 days, he added.
Anex Vietnam is headquartered in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa – home to the popular beach city of Nha Trang.
The company has specialized in the Russian tourist market for many years.