March 22, 2020
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[Update 22 Mar 2020] Vietnam’s new entry policy for foreigners

It seems that the COVID-19 is not showing signs of slowing down. The pandemic still continues to unfold in a worrying manner leaving world leaders grappling with solutions to address this very complex catastrophe. To date, the virus has already taken thousands of lives worldwide and the number of confirmed cases continues to go up.

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In Vietnam, the government has taken every possible effort to address the crisis. One of these is by shutting off its borders to foreign travelers. By doing this, the government is hoping to curb the outbreak and minimize the rapid spread of this deadly virus within the country. Below are some of the measures taken by the Vietnam government to win over the pandemic.

Temporarily Suspending Entry Of Foreign Nationals

Some of those who were confirmed positive for coronavirus in Vietnam are foreign nationals. As such, the government has decided to suspend the entry of all foreign nationals. This applies to all visitors except for those who are on diplomatic visits and other extraordinary purposes. Travelers who are coming to Vietnam to attend events, business conferences and even entrepreneurs who are traveling for a business meeting will not be allowed to enter.

The aforementioned measures shall take effect from 00:00, 22 March 2020.

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As of March 20, the latest coronavirus cases in Vietnam were all linked to International flights. By stopping the entry of foreigners, the country is hoping to stop the spread of the virus in the country and keep everyone safe.

Visa Exemption Certificates are Temporarily Suspended

The Vietnam government has also decided to temporarily suspend the visa exemption certificates for foreigners of Vietnamese origin. This also applies to the families of the holders of these certificates.

For those who are not aware, the Vietnamese visa exemption certificate is like a long-term visa that’s given to foreigners with Vietnamese origin. Holders of this certificate can enter Vietnam at any time they want to for as long as the certificate is still valid. This document has a validity of 5 years.

But with the ongoing crisis concerning the COVID-19, holders of this document won’t be able to get inside Vietnam yet. This measure will take effect starting today, March 22, 2020. It’s not yet clear as to when the suspension will be lifted.

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Medical Screening and Quarantine for All Arriving Passengers

Another measure that the Vietnam government has applied in order to curb the spread of coronavirus is by putting all arriving passengers into medical screening and quarantine. This applies to both local and foreign visitors except for those on diplomatic visits. Those who are visiting for extraordinary purposes will also be exempted from this rule. Aside from undergoing the stringent medical screening procedures at the airport, all visitors have to do a mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

According to the country’s health ministry, all International visitors in the country will also undergo a mandatory quarantine. They will be placed in isolation on military bases. All arriving passengers will immediately be transported to military camps for a 14-day quarantine.

Vietnam has also anticipated thousands of arrivals of Vietnamese locals who were based abroad during this time of crisis. Thus, the government is expanding its facilities. They plan to build a quarantine facility that could house up to 60,000 people.

How Vietnam Is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like all countries around the world that were badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Vietnam has sped up its efforts into curbing the spread of the deadly virus. Several weeks after reporting the recovery of some coronavirus sufferers, the country has confirmed additional new infections. But unlike other countries with many fatalities, Vietnam still has no deaths as a result of COVID-19 infection.

All over the country, schools have been shut down indefinitely. Residents are advised to stay at home and avoid large public gatherings. They have also closed the malls, cinemas, bars, massage parlors, online game centers, karaoke lounges, etc. Supermarkets remain open to allow the public to purchase necessities.

Vietnam authorities have also asked residents to refrain from using public transport. Those who need to go out are ordered to wear masks, especially in public places. This is especially applicable to congested and busy cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, where there is a higher chance of easily spreading the virus.

Some of the latest cases in Vietnam include an American who has been living in Ho Chi Minh. She traveled to Thailand and went back to the country through a flight from Turkey. There are also new cases of local students who came from the UK and a local man who came from France. Other new cases were that of foreign visitors from the UK with transit to Dubai.

Currently, there are 122 suspected cases being quarantined while 42,000 others are put on isolation for monitoring. By limiting the arrival of foreign visitors, Vietnam is hoping to decrease the number of coronavirus cases in the country soon.

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