November 13, 2020
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What Should Foreign Experts Do Before Entering Vietnam In Term Of Covid 19?

When the Covid-19 pandemic started in March, Vietnam was quick enough to close its borders in order to prevent the spread of the virus. So far, Vietnam has been successful in its efforts because the country has one of the lowest rates of Covid-19 infections compared to several countries around the world. Now that Vietnam is slowly opening up, it is only allowing certain types of foreign visitors to enter. This is to ensure the safety of its citizens because several countries are still struggling to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Foreign Experts Are Allowed Entry Into Vietnam

Among those foreigners that Vietnam is allowing to enter are foreign experts. These are international workers who are experts in various fields and can provide a significant contribution to Vietnam’s economic conditions. Some of these visitors work for an international organization that’s based in Vietnam.  But in order for foreign experts to be allowed entry into the country, there are certain requirements and procedures that they need to follow. Vietnam’s Department of Employment has provided the following pre-entry requirements for all foreign experts.

Pre-entry Requirements from The Department of Employment

Vietnam’s Department of Employment, also known as the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, is responsible for providing the pre-entry requirements for foreign experts. According to them, professionals who are entering as experts in the country must fully comply with the rules and regulations that were imposed by health authorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The company or agency that invited these foreign experts is also obliged to cooperate and adhere to these principles. As the sponsor company, they are responsible for establishing a work plan, including the transportation and accommodation facilities of the foreign expert. They should have a specific isolation area for when these experts come to Vietnam and start working. These plans should include safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within the workplace. As much as possible, they should limit the contact of foreign visitors with other people.

Foreign Experts Attending Meetings and Events

For those foreign experts who will come to Vietnam to attend meetings and other events, they must follow a separate set of rules and requirements. These rules will also apply to those who will come to Vietnam to sign contracts and agreements and to cooperate at some important events.

Take note that priority will be given when it comes to choosing the meeting venues or signing any agreement. This is also the same for those who will be staying in provinces and cities or close to the border gates. The entry and exit must restrict experts from moving inland and going to various cities and localities. If the foreign expert must go to certain places, certain measures must be followed to prevent and control the spread of Covid-19.

Foreign Experts Must Be Tested For Covid 19

One of the requirements for foreign experts to be allowed entry into Vietnam is to get tested for Covid-19 using the Real-Time PCR technique. The test should be conducted 3 to 5 days prior to entry into the country and the result should show that the person is negative for the virus. It’s also important that the test is done in a certified laboratory and performed by an authorized medical authority.

Upon arrival in Vietnam, the foreign expert must present the negative result of the Covid-19 certificate at the border.

Checking and Monitoring of the Foreign Expert

As stated by Vietnam’s Department of Employment, the agency or sponsor company is responsible for checking and monitoring the foreign visitor. This includes checking the body temperature and carrying out medical screening to detect any symptoms and identify suspected cases.

Among the most common symptoms of Covid-19 include fever, sore throat, cough, and difficulty in breathing. As soon as the infected person is identified, medical isolation must immediately be organized.

In order for the foreign visitor to be traced easily, Vietnam’s Health Authority has also recommended the installation of the Bluezone app. This is a contact tracing app that can be installed on a mobile device. It helps authorities to track down the whereabouts of the visitor.  That way, if the person gets infected, they will be able to easily identify their close contacts and isolate these persons immediately.

Isolation Facilities

The agency or sponsoring company of the foreign expert must also be responsible for arranging the isolation facilities or accommodation of the foreign expert. There are designated isolation areas in Vietnam intended for foreign visitors and locals who came from other countries.

Foreign experts have the option to stay in hotels, accommodation facilities arranged by the company, and other accommodation establishments approved by the local government. When arranging the isolation facilities, they must coordinate with the People’s Committee of the Province where the accommodation or facility is located. This is to ensure that medical supervision will be provided and the visitor will be monitored.

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