Vietnam bans foreigners, overseas citizens from entering country
23 mars 2020
The Vietnamese government on Sunday (March 22) has approved a ban on all foreigners entering the country in a bid to slow the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
The ban, which went into effect immediately, also applies to all
overseas Vietnamese and their non-citizen spouses and children who have
who are considered experts in their fields, business managers, or have
other sought after skilled labour, will only be granted visas and
allowed to enter if deemed necessary.
But they must undergo
medical examination and apply appropriate anti-epidemic measures at
their workplace and residence as per regulations.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc decided to cancel all
international flights entering Vietnam as part of the country’s ongoing
efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Although no date has been
set for the flight ban, the restrictions will apply to both Vietnamese
and international flight companies.
On Thursday, Vietnam
Airlines, a major carrier in South-East Asia, had already announced they
would suspend all international flights until April 30.
Saturday, 94 cases of Covid-19, the pneumonia-like disease caused by the
novel coronavirus discovered in China late last year, have been
confirmed in Vietnam, of which 17 have made a full recovery.
There are yet to be any recorded deaths of the disease in Vietnam.
Covid-19 pandemic has now infected more than a quarter of a million
people across the globe and caused more than 11,900 deaths.