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Paid quarantine rooms available at VND50,000-VND3 million
By Dao Loan
Wednesday,  Mar 25, 2020,18:58 (GMT+7)

Paid quarantine rooms available at VND50,000-VND3 million

By Dao Loan

A boy has his temperature checked before being quarantined at an HCMC-based resort – PHOTO: HCMC TOURISM DEPARTMENT.

HCMC – As many as 156 hotels and resorts in Vietnam were designated as either free or paid quarantine zones to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, with rooms at paid quarantine facilities being offered for between VND50,000 and VND3 million a day.

These 156 lodging facilities nationwide can provide over 14,700 rooms and more than 18,300 beds for the quarantine efforts, according to data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism as of March 24.

Many of these accommodation providers are offering space for isolation free of charge or at discounted prices. Cocobay Danang condotel complex, for example, offers some 1,800 rooms.

Others are renting their hotels to the State for isolation for VND200 million per month, excluding staff and other costs for electricity and water services.

In the southern province of Dong Nai, luxury rooms for paid quarantines fluctuate from VND1.7 million to VND3 million, while each hostel room is available for VND50,000-VND300,000.

In the northern port city of Haiphong, hotel operators charge VND400,000-VND700,000 for each quarantine room, with a main meal worth VND80,000 included.

People who wish to quarantine in a more private space like a hotel in HCMC will have to pay from VND300,000 to VND800,000 per room. Some hotels in this southern hub are also offering a 20% discount.

According to Hoang Phuong, investor in the three-star Havana resort and manager of the three-star Sand Beach resort in Binh Thuan Province, her resorts have served guests who wished to undergo voluntary quarantine since early this month.

Until last Friday, her facilities have been receiving quarantined people transferred from the provincial Health Department of Binh Thuan, she remarked.

Prices for each double, triple and quadruple room are VND350,000, VND600,000 and VND700,000, respectively, with breakfast included. The prices were discounted by 70%-80% versus regular days, Phuong added.

The Health Ministry in a dispatch issued on March 20 asked local authorities across the country to only allow foreigners who are experts, highly-skilled employees and enterprise managers to stay in isolation at paid quarantine facilities. Also, these foreigners have to comply with the prevailing quarantine rules in Vietnam.

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