Kien Giang's Phu Quoc welcomed a total of 204 South Koreans on Saturday, 20th November, marking the first international tourist arrival to Vietnam after almost 2 years of the border closure.
The South Korean tourists arrived from Seoul at Phu Quoc International Airport and were warmly welcomed by the island’s authorities and residents. Upon arrival, the tourists underwent a health screening at the airport, before travelling to Phu Quoc United Center, where they spent four days.
During the duration of their trip, the tourists will also be tested twice, once when they enter the island and the second when they leave. They will also have access to resorts, entertainment and sports venues, parks and zoos, among other services.
"I am happy to see everything, from the scenery to the way we were received, is so great," said one of the South Korean tourists upon arrival in Phu Quoc.
Nguyen Luu Trung, Deputy Chairman of Kien Giang People's Committee, said the event is an indication of a long-awaited recovery for Phu Quoc’s tourism industry.
Nguyen Trung Khanh, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said the visit is among the first of the trial vaccine passport program, both for Phu Quoc and Vietnam. "We believe with cooperation between businesses, Phu Quoc could receive and serve up to 400,000 tourists until the end of the year," he said.
Kien Giang is one of five destinations allowed to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from November; others include Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, and Da Nang.