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Vietnam drops on-arrival testing and quarantine requirements for aliens

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam no longer requires aliens to take an on-arrival Covid-19 test and self-quarantine, according to the Ministry of Health’s new guidelines.

The ministry on March 15 issued new anti-Covid measures for foreigners entering Vietnam, with effect from today, March 16.

Upon arrival in Vietnam, aliens will just need to show proof of either a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test taken 24 hours before departure.

If they were not tested before entry, they must take a test within 24 hours after entry. If they test negative for the coronavirus, they can freely move around.

The new guidelines make no mention of the Covid vaccination or recovery status of aliens.

After the date of entry into the country, foreigners will have to monitor their health for 10 days and if they develop any Covid symptoms, they will be required to inform local health authorities for assistance.

The on-arrival health declaration requirement will remain intact, so foreigners are advised to use the mobility and health declaration app PC-Covid, which is downloadable from App Store and Google Play, while in Vietnam.

Children under two years are exempt from the testing requirement.

On March 15, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam announced that Vietnam had fully reopened tourism and officially resumed all foreign trade activities.

The Government agreed to reinstate the visa and immigration policy as in the pre-pandemic period.

There is no discrimination between domestic and international tourists when it comes to implementing the country’s anti-Covid measures, Dam added.

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