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September 11, 2020, 14:33

COVID-19 in Vietnam: Travel Updates and Restrictions

It has been one month not reporting any new cases since the 2nd wave of Covid – 19 outbreak in Da Nang and also influence other big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam wins again.

This article will be updated as further developments in Vietnam become available. 

Latest update:

  • As of October 1, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,094 cases of COVID-19. However, 1,010 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest cases were all imported and quarantined on arrival.
  • Vietnam’s Immigration Department has announced another automatic stay extension for foreigners stranded in Vietnam due to the pandemic until October 31. The measure applies to those who entered since March 1 allowing them to leave the country without any penalty or official procedures. Those that have entered prior to March 1 are also eligible provided they show documents by their embassies or by Vietnamese authorities to confirm they were quarantined or treated for COVID-19.
  • Singapore will unilaterally lift border restrictions to visitors from Vietnam from October 8 as it reported that Vietnam has successfully contained the pandemic. However, Vietnam will continue to main entry restrictions and only approve the entry of diplomats, high-skilled workers, and investors with strict health protocols.
  • Low-cost carrier VietJet Air is the latest to begin operating flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Seoul from September 30.
  • All activities including the opening of bars and clubs resumed in Da Nang on September 25 after it controlled the pandemic. However, Hanoi city authorities closed some bars and karaoke temporarily for failing to comply with anti-pandemic measures like face mask-wearing and public gatherings.
  • Vietnam Airlines will operate its first international commercial flight returning to Vietnam from South Korea on September 25 after the government allowed the resumption of international flights on specific routes.
  • The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) recently submitted detailed flight schedules to the Ministry of Transport on the resumption of flights. Carriers that have submitted schedules include Vietnam Airlines, VietJet, China Southern Airlines, All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, and Eva Air.
  • International arrivals who opt to stay at government quarantine facilities are required to pay at least VND 120,000 (US$5) per day as quarantine costs since the recent ruling came into effect on September 1.
  • Taiwanese based Pegatron, manufacturer and supplier for major tech firms such as Apple, Microsoft, and Sony plans to invest US$1 billion in a manufacturing complex in Nam Dinh Vu industrial park in Hai Phong.
  • Ho Chi Minh City is preparing 27 additional hotels to be designated as paid quarantine facilities for those arriving in Vietnam. Hanoi currently has designated eight hotels as paid quarantine facilities.
  • The government on September 15 issued Notice No 330/TB-VPCP allowing Vietnamese carriers to resume international air routes with six countries – these are Guangzhou (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Vientiane (Laos). However, incoming travelers will need to present a negative RT-PCR test three days before departure and test again on arrival in Vietnam.
  • Hanoi has allowed bars, clubs, and karaoke to reopen from September 16 after going 28 days without community transmission of the pandemic.
  • Vietnam Airlines will resume one-way flights to Japan (Tokyo-Narita) on September 18, 25, and 30. Passenger flights from Japan to Vietnam will be announced after confirmation from the authorities.
  • Vietnam will hire private companies for testing passengers at the country’s airports in a bid to ease travel restrictions. The hiring of businesses will allow for quick tests for the convenience of passengers and the relevant authorities.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will open a regional office in Hanoi to increase public health engagement in Southeast Asia and monitor the spread of the pandemic.
  • Da Nang city beaches will reopen while restaurants and eateries will reopen for dine-in services from September 11 after no new domestic infections for the past 13 days in the city. However non-essential services such as bars, karaoke, clubs, and gyms will remain closed.
  • Ho Chi Minh City authorities will test all arrivals from Da Nang after passenger transport services to and from Da Nang resumed on September 7.
  • Tourist sites in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces reopened though bars, clubs, karaoke, movie theaters, and massage parlors remain closed in Binh Dinh.

Source: vietnam-briefing.com

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