Vietnam reaches mutual recognition of ‘vaccine passports’ with 17 countries

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Vietnam reaches mutual recognition of ‘vaccine passports’ with 17 countries

Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has reached agreement on the mutual recognition of ‘vaccine passports’ with 17 countries, the Vietnam Government Portal quoted Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang as saying.

The Vietnamese foreign ministry and overseas representative agencies have been carrying out negotiations and accelerating the mutual recognition of ‘vaccine passports’ with other countries and territories, Hang told reporters on Monday.

As of March 17, the Southeast Asian country had reached such agreement with 17 nations, including the U.S., the UK, Japan, Australia, Belarus, India, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Maldives, Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Singapore, Saint Lucia, and South Korea.

When entering Vietnam, holders of ‘vaccine passports’ from these countries are subject to the same medical measures as those who have been vaccinated in the Southeast Asian country.

The same rule applies to holders of Vietnamese ‘vaccine passports’ when they enter these nations.

The recognition also includes the exemption of procedures for consular authentication/legalization when using the papers in the destinations.

In addition, Vietnam has temporarily recognized COVID-19 vaccination certificate forms of 79 countries and territories, the spokesperson continued.

A ‘vaccine passport’ is a COVID-19 vaccination record or/and a COVID-19 recovery certificate, which is used as proof of a person’s vaccination and recovery history and does not replace such papers as passports, visas, international travel documents, laissez-passers, temporary and permanent residence cards, and visa exemption certificates.

A foreign ‘vaccine passport’ is only valid in Vietnam if it is officially or temporarily recognized by the Vietnamese government.

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