On March 21, answering the queries of reporters on the information about the mutual recognition of vaccine passports between Vietnam and other countries, spokesperson Hang said that under the direction of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnam’s overseas representative agencies have actively and proactively negotiated and sped up the mutual recognition of vaccine passports with other countries and territories worldwide.

International visitors to Vietnam with vaccine passports (Photo for illustration: VNA)

According to Hang, 17 countries that Vietnam has reached agreement on mutual recognition of vaccine passports are the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Australia, Belarus, India, Cambodia, the Philippines, Maldives, Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Singapore, Saint Lucia and the Republic of Korea.

The spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that holders of vaccine passports of these countries and Vietnam are entitled to the same medical requirements as those for local vaccinated people.

The recognition includes the exemption of procedures for consular authentication/legalization when using these papers in the countries of destination, she stressed.

Apart from recognition of vaccine passports of 17 countries, Vietnam has so far temporarily recognized COVID-19 vaccination certificate forms of 79 countries and territories, which were officially introduced to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Translated by Mai Huong