As Vietnam recently opens their airports to welcome more countries Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam orders strict regulations for incoming travellers.
This is to combat any potential spreading of the COVID-19 virus to the country. During the meeting of the national committee for prevention and control, the Deputy Minister of Health Đỗ Xuân Tuyên stated that their Ministry had been working and reaching out to other ministries and sectors to come up with a process that travellers from “safe countries” need to abide by including the monitoring and quarantine stage.
The country has recently announced the reopening of its borders to alleviate tourism and economic situation, currently, investors, businesspeople, highly skilled workers and experts, Vietnamese citizens and diplomats have been allowed entry – no further announcements have been made for tourists that want to fly to Vietnam just for travel. The government of Vietnam closed its borders to the rest of the world in March to prevent an outbreak and protect its citizens.
People travelling to Vietnam that fall under the allowed travel guide are required to undergo three COVID-19 tests compared to the mandatory twice testing before. Information of these passengers are kept for the Ministry of Health’s perusal especially during the quarantine stages – these information can be easily accessed when needed by local authorities, health and police forces.
During the meeting, the experts highlighted that potentially, there are three groups that may trigger the spread of the COVID-19 virus, illegal travellers, travel guideline violators and several imported goods.
The need to create conducive guidelines to encourage foreign investors, entrepreneurs, workers and experts to meet the demand in production and business have also been discussed during the said meeting. The Deputy Minister of Transport Lê Anh Tuấn recommends relevant agencies must soon provide detailed procedures for the reopening of international flights giving more priority to countries that have been considered safe from the virus – having a twin target in mind wherein the country battles the spreading of the COVID-19 virus while encouraging economic growth.
According to Đặng Quang Tấn – Director of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Preventive Medicine, despite the effective control of spread of the virus within the country, it is best to stay vigilant especially when the winter season which is a suitable weather for the virus is about to come. In lieu to this, he adds the prevention and control procedures must be followed, communications must be utilized to raise public awareness. He also recommends that crowded cities such as Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and Khánh Hoà must strictly adhere to wearing of masks and sanction anyone who disobeys following what is being imposed on the city of Ho Chi Minh.
The Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức, in agreement, specified that there is still a widespread of the virus all throughout the world, dealing with approximately 400,000 new cases per day – Vietnam must not drop their guard and integrate relevant agencies and prepare pandemic measures.
He has appealed to strengthen the management and travel guidelines of travellers entering Vietnam, highlighting the need to monitor each individual for another 14 days even after fulfilling the quarantine period.