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Vietnam suspends visas for visitors from all countries
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Vietnam suspends visas for visitors from all countries

The Saigon Times Daily

Customs officers check the information of incoming travelers at a local airport. Vietnam will suspend the issuance of visas for citizens of all countries from March 18 - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Vietnam will suspend the issuance of visas for visitors from all countries from March 18 to contain the rapid spread of Covid-19, according to a directive of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. 

Meanwhile, those entitled to the visa-waiver program, such as people of Vietnamese origin and their relatives, must submit certificates proving that they have tested negative for coronavirus, which are issued by the competent agencies in their countries and recognized by Vietnam, before being allowed to enter.

The visa suspension will not apply to those entering the country for diplomatic or official purposes. However, they must undergo medical checks and abide by disease prevention measures.

According to the prime minister’s directive, citizens from the United States, European and Southeast Asian countries who are allowed to enter will be quarantined in centralized centers. The remainder will be quarantined at home, enterprises’ headquarters and lodging facilities, and will be supervised by the local competent agencies.

The Ministries of National Defense and Culture, Sports and Tourism are assigned to prepare quarantine centers to receive a large number of suspected cases.

In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be responsible for keeping a close watch on the development of the disease in other countries and proposing response solutions.

As required by the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control, all incoming travelers from Europe must have their body temperature checked and blood samples taken at airports before being sent to centralized quarantine areas. During the testing process, travelers will be provided with food and drinks at no charge.

Earlier, Vietnam had decided to deny entry to tourists who come from or have traveled through the United Kingdom, the Schengen zone and Northern Ireland over the past 14 days, beginning March 15.

The country has also suspended a visa-waiver program for citizens from eight European countries, including Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain, from March 12; South Korea from February 29; and Italy from March 3.

On March 6, the prime minister agreed to apply the policy for Vietnamese people and their relatives residing in South Korea and Italy. From March 7, all visitors entering Vietnam are required to make health declarations.

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