Temporarily halting entry to all foreigners due to Covid-19
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Temporarily halting entry to all foreigners due to Covid-19 (24/03/2020)
The Vietnamese Government has decided to temporarily suspend entry of all foreigners since March 22 due to swift and complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move aims to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Vietnam. The temporary suspension shall also be applied to all overseas Vietnamese and their relatives granted with certificates of visa exemption. The decision will take effect from 00:00 on March 22. 
 
For those entering Viet Nam for diplomatic and official purposes, for participation in major diplomatic events, or being experts, business managers, highly skilled workers, the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of  National Defense shall coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and other relevant agencies to issue visa if necessary.
 
Entrants mentioned in the above paragraph shall be subject to mandatory medical declaration and other effective regulations at designated areas at ports of entry and shall have to isolate themselves at places of residence as currently regulated.
 
Temporary suspension of entry shall also be applied to all overseas Vietnamese and their spouses and children who have been granted with certificate of visa exemption, also effective since March 22.
 
The Government also ordered competent agencies to strictly control entry into the nation by road, by sea, and by air.
 
The Prime Minister also asked that the competent authorities and local governments to try to reduce the number of flights transporting passengers from overseas into Việt Nam to prevent overloading of quarantine sites, given the compulsory quarantine mandated for all entrants into the country.
 
Non-compliance to quarantine measures, failure to declare health status or activities that aid escaping or avoiding quarantine would be severely punished.
 
Students, workers and overseas Vietnamese outside Việt Nam are urged to stay put and observe all COVID-19 prevention and control guidelines and protocols set by their host countries, PM Phúc said.
 
He added that in case of essential travel, they must register with their embassies or representative bodies of Việt Nam in their host countries to cooperate with the transport ministry so that commercial flights can be arranged, as more and countries are shuttering their borders and implement unprecedented lockdown measures.
 
The transport ministry is told to “create favourable conditions for flights carrying foreign passengers out of Việt Nam.”
 
The PM also agreed with the National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in assigning the Ministry of National Defence with purchasing 10 mobile coronavirus-testing vehicles.
 
The health ministry is also asked to devise a plan to have a reserve force of retired doctors, nurses and health workers and medical students ready to be deploye

Translator: Nhat Ha

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