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Vietnam recognizes vaccine passports of 72 countries, territories

Vietnam recognizes vaccine passports of 72 countries, territories

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 09:00 GMT+7
Vietnam recognizes vaccine passports of 72 countries, territories
Planes are pictured at an airport in Vietnam. File photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has announced temporary recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued by 72 countries and territories worldwide, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

“In the spirit of the Government’s Resolution 128 on flexibly and safely adapting to and effectively controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam has temporarily recognized vaccination certificates, or vaccine passports, of 72 countries and territories that were officially introduced to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Hang said at a regular press conference on Thursday.

Holders of these documents will only have to spend seven days instead of 14 at concentrated quarantine facilities upon arriving in the Southeast Asian country in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s regulations.

The 72 countries and territories include Poland, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Oman, Thailand, Romania, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Germany, Russia, the UK, Austria, San Marino, Laos, Singapore, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, the US, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden, Israel, France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Switzerland, China, Pakistan, Ireland, Greece, Kuwait, Colombia, the Netherlands, Australia, Finland, Taiwan (China), Hungary, Belarus, Cambodia, Algeria, Canada, Indonesia, Nepal, Mexico, Bolivia, Croatia, Portugal, Turkmenistan, Palestine, Qatar, Libya, Egypt, Timor Leste, Ukraine, the Philippines, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Argentina, Jordan, and Brunei.

Hang stated that the foreign ministry is discussing with nearly 80 partners related to the recognition of each other's vaccine passports.

“Vietnam’s vaccination certificate is currently recognized by a number of countries," she added.

At the press meeting, the spokesperson stated that Vietnam is willing to help businesses and foreign investors overcome difficulties and restore production as soon as possible.

As of September 20, the country had attracted US$22.15 billion worth of foreign investment, up 4.1 percent over the same period last year, she continued.

Approximately 1,200 new foreign-invested projects were registered with the total capital of $12.5 billion.

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