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HCMC allows more groups to commute without travel permits

By Chanh Trung – Le Anh

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HCMC – More groups of people, such as banking and securities employees, teachers and aviators are allowed to commute in HCMC without a travel permit during the enforcement of the stay-at-home mandate under the prime minister’s Directive 16 from September 16 to 30, said a city police official.

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, September 16, Le Manh Ha, deputy head of the municipal Police Department’s advisory division, said the 17 groups that are not subject to the travel permit rule while commuting, as follows:

People with text messages, invitations and personal identity cards for Covid-19 vaccination; people going to the local authorities or medical facilities to seek certifications; representatives of State agencies, businesses heading out to submit, receive, or change travel permits; and those registering for identification cards.

People heading to the city’s airport with flight tickets.

Healthcare workers who have professional ID cards, medical student cards or travel permits granted by their leaders; staff of drugstores who have company identification.

People going out to take a Covid test and can prove they are going to study abroad, have flight tickets to travel overseas; drivers taking a Covid test to be eligible to receive a QR code for goods transport vehicles.

People transporting medical supplies to serve the Covid fight and carrying proof of their operations.

Gas delivery workers with bills indicating the address of their stores and the recipient.

Caretakers of patients who are under treatment at hospitals and can prove their relationship with the patient and take an approved route from their houses to the hospital.

Cabin crew members such as pilots and flight attendants, who have to wear uniforms and carry aircrew ID cards, as well as show their flight schedules.

Pilots conducting training flights and periodic tests at three aviation training centers, who are required to wear uniforms and carry professional ID cards as well as show detailed training schedules of the Southern Airports Authority.

Employees of aviation service providers subject to the stay-at-work mode at the HCMC-based Tan Son Nhat airport can commute from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. every day to rotate shifts.

People going out to take care of their parents, who are old and live alone, but need to have a certified document from the local authorities or medical agencies.

Prosecuting attorneys commuting when they receive requests from prosecutor’s offices, but have to show attorney ID cards and the relevant documents.

To rotate shifts weekly, officials and employees of banks and securities companies can commute from 16:30 to 18:00 on Fridays and from 6:30 to 8:00 on Mondays; employees of fuel and gas distributors can go out from 13:00 to 15:00 on Sundays; employees of State-run businesses can venture out from 15:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and from 6:00 to 7:30 on Mondays.

Workers of export processing zones and industrial parks who have to miss work as their plants have suspended operations, laborers going to factories for rotating shifts, or those going to work at active companies and factories are allowed to commute from 9:00 to 11:00 or 14:00 to 16:00 every day.

Postal employees and teachers carrying books to their students’ houses are also exempt from the travel permit rule, but have to wear uniforms and profession-related ID cards.

Lecturers and teachers going to school or other locations to conduct online classes are required to wear their ID cards and carry their teaching schedules approved by the school management board.

However, the 17 groups mentioned above have to declare their travel purposes on the mobile app VNEID and scan the given QR code at Covid checkpoints.

By Chanh Trung – Le Anh

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