Authorities have made it mandatory for all travelers to declare their medical status on domestic flights and public transport. The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 appeared in Vietnam on Jan. 23, 2020. At least 15 people were killed due to the passage of Typhoon Molave, which made landfall in the central region on October 28. All activities including the opening of bars and clubs resumed in Da Nang on September 25 after it controlled the pandemic. However, backlogs remain, and other border crossings remain closed. However, the medical treatment of Vietnamese nationals in case they are infected by the pandemic will be covered by the state budget. Vietnam’s government approved a plan to export 400,000 tonnes of rice in April after rice exports were previously suspended. As mentioned earlier, 1,281 of the patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals. Thua Thien-Hue Province’s Phu Bai Airport. Domestic tourism within Vietnam is now open again, and Vietnam is in talks with several other countries to created so-called “travel bubbles” allowing citizens of trusted neighbors to visit. Prices of stabilized goods are approximately 5 to 10 percent lower than the market price. As per the measures, residents in Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Cam Le, and Lieu Chieu districts are advised to stay home except for necessities such as food, medicine, and emergencies. The US will give Vietnam an aid package worth US$9.5 million to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have to be prepared for the fact that the pandemic will not end until 2021.” Vietnam has spent a reported US$776.7 million on containing the virus and its impacts up to date. 19 on measures to cope with COVID-19 on April 25. Vietnam’s health ministry has further stated that the fatality rate of the virus is 2 percent as compared to the 9.6 percent of the SARS virus in 2002-2003. On Wednesday, April 1, authorities closed Vietnam's borders with Cambodia and Laos in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Ho Chi Minh City authorities subsequently lifted the ban on these establishments from June 11, though business owners must follow preventative measures and guidelines. Vietnam’s Prime Minister issued Directive No. including the most recent legal, tax and accounting changes that affect your business. It started with ‘Patient 416’ who tested positive without any travel history on July 25. Vietnam Airlines will suspend all international routes in a phased manner by March 25 until April 30. In addition, Vietnam has suspended visa on arrival for all foreign nationals except for those on official or diplomatic trips. May 24, 2020. Dr. Sarah Bales, visiting Professor at the Hanoi University of Public Health, said that Vietnam authorities have made it clear they are not ready to open their borders and will continue to take precautions. From April 23, tourism attractions in the country are allowed to reopen but must ensure safety measures are in place for all visitors. Hanoi currently has designated eight hotels as paid quarantine facilities. The firm assists foreign investors throughout Asia from offices across the world, including in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. While travel to Vietnam can continue, we recommend taking precautions and following advice from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health. When will Vietnam reopen for international tourists? We are providing updates and advisories concerning ASEAN (as well as Vietnam) on this article here. Vietnam’s immigration offices reopened 23 April 2020, foreigners in Vietnam now can apply for visa extension and visa renewal normally. Signs of healthy recovery are starting to show, as some hotels report 80-90% occupancy while others are full. Oceania Australia Sydney, March 2018. Honda Vietnam announced that it would resume automobile and bike production from April 23. However, in serious cases, it can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death. News COVID-19. However, Hanoi city authorities closed some bars and karaoke temporarily for failing to comply with anti-pandemic measures like face mask-wearing and public gatherings. The funds will be released over 18 months beginning from August. It authorizes the holder to enter the country for tourism and business, among other reasons. Vietnam donated 550,000 masks to five European countries in its support for other countries against the pandemic. Vietnam has lifted the mandatory 14-day quarantine for foreign experts, investors, managers, and diplomats if they enter the country for less than 14 days. Vietnam’s civil aviation authority suspended all flights to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan on February 1. Vietnam’s first two confirmed cases of Covid-19 appeared in late January. Vietnam extended the social isolation measures at least until April 22 for high-risk localities, which include Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang cities as well as the provinces of Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Tay Ninh, and Ha Tinh. Antigua and Barbuda:Social distancing and limits on gatherings of more than 25 people have been introduced to limit the sprea… Vietnam’s Drug Administration issued a decision to resume the export of 37 medicine products that were suspended since April 16 and reserved for domestic use during the pandemic. Vietnam is now preparing to reopen and welcome tourists from other parts of the world traveling with an E-visa. The measures include self-isolation and restricting people from leaving homes except for food and medicines. To prepare for business measures in Vietnam, we recommend reading through this article here, which contains advisory for businesses operating in China, but may also be required should an outbreak extend to affect businesses operating in Vietnam. By immediately imposing travel bans and widespread testing, closing borders and isolating outbreaks of the virus, the country was able to curb and contain the spread of the virus, and now (alongside Thailand) becomes the first nation to officially reopen for business. Our subscription service offers regular regulatory updates, Instant noodle demand has surged by 67 percent due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The US became Vietnam’s leading export market between the January and May period with export turnover of US$24.6 billion, an annual increase of 8.2 percent. However, incoming travelers will need to present a negative RT-PCR test three days before departure and test again on arrival in Vietnam. and grow their operations. Da Nang Airport. Recent developments indicate that travelers may have already been infected but not realized it – the virus appears to have a non-symptomatic 7-14 day incubation period. Vietnam is opening borders and resuming flights with 6 countries in Asia. Vietnam shipped 450,000 protective suits to the US to assist healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19. After a week with no new coronavirus cases, the country's government had just eased its social distancing initiative of 22 days, thus allowing some businesses to reopen on April 23. However, no date has been set to resume normal international operations. Vietnam has banned the gathering of more than 20 people for at least two weeks from March 28 and temporarily shut down services like massage parlors, tourist sites, and cinemas nationwide. The country may have to proactively advocate travel from nearby Asian markets, such as China, as the borders reopen. According to global visa information, a Vietnamese government resolution has now been passed to resume issuing E-visas to nationals of 80 countries, probably starting on July 1. Nearly 7,000 passengers entered Vietnam airports on March 18. Dezan Shira & Associates´ brochure offers a comprehensive overview of the services provided by the firm. After a week with no new Covid-19 cases, Vietnam's government had just eased its 22-day social distancing initiative, allowing some businesses to reopen on April 23. Customs clearance resumed at Tan Thanh Po Chai border gate in the northern Lang Son province with China from April 30. Despite rising cases and closed borders, internal restrictions have eased and major attractions like the Taj Mahal have already reopened with visitor caps in place. Similar restrictions in the nearby localities of Duy Xuyen district and Dien Ban town were also lifted. Vinfast and Nissan Vietnam have suspended operations as of April 5 to minimize the impact of COVID-19. From March 22 until further notice, Vietnam has temporarily suspended entry for all foreign nationals. The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has announced a list of medical supplies including masks, dry hand sanitizers, filters, epidemic prevent suits, among others exempt from tax until the epidemic ends. Still, borders remain closed and U.S. citizens will not be allowed to enter India, even if they hold a passport or visa—unless they have a qualifying urgent need. Vietnam and Cambodia have closed their borders from March 20 to further prevent the spread of the epidemic. In addition, the public gathering limit has been raised to 30 people from the previous 20. Vietnam will not be issuing visas or allowing entry to any travellers at this time, including those who already hold visas or visa exemptions. The agreement is expected to take effect on January 1, 2021, though details are yet to be finalized. The Formula 1 (F1) Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi scheduled for April 5 was officially canceled by organizers for the 2020 season. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The province has not reported any COVID-19 cases since February 4. In addition, all incoming travelers from South Korea will be subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation. As a precaution, Da Nang city authorities have announced 15 days of social distancing measures from July 28. Latest travel advice for Vietnam, including how to stay safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and information on returning to the UK. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The electronic visa or E-visa for Vietnam can be obtained via the internet by completing an online application form. Flights to and from mainland China (including transit) remain suspended. Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trịnh Thị Thuy said that travel firms in Vietnam should focus in the short term on stimulating domestic tourism while the borders remains tightly managed, Vietnam News reported. If you want remove this page, please contact us. This article will be updated as further developments in Vietnam become available. The Deputy Minister of Health stated that Vietnam has conducted 275,000 COVID-19 tests as of May 12 or 2,000 daily tests. These measures appear to have worked well, as the number of new cases reported daily in the country has not been over 3 since May 18 and has been 0 on most days in this period. Vietnam’s labor ministry announced that it will stop issuing new work permits to foreigners who come from areas hit by COVID-19. Vietnam will grant e-visa to citizens of 80 countries from July 1, 2020 as per. ... For a country of nearly 100 million that borders China, Vietnam has been something of a standout case through the pandemic. Tim Wenger. Taiwanese based Pegatron, manufacturer and supplier for major tech firms such as Apple, Microsoft, and Sony plans to invest US$1 billion in a manufacturing complex in Nam Dinh Vu industrial park in Hai Phong. Passenger train services between Vietnam and China have been suspended until further notice, however, freight train services between the two countries continue to operate. Having gone three months with no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, Vietnam is keen to reopen its borders to boost its hard-hit tourism industry, which normally constitutes 6% of its national GDP. Stay Ahead of the curve in Emerging Asia. Vietnam reported a 1.81 percent GDP growth in the first half of 2020 – its lowest since 2011, due to the pandemic as per the General Statistics Office (GSO). Vietnam approved a plan to delay the collection of US$7.6 billion worth of taxes and land rent to help businesses hit by COVID-19. Vietnam imported 200,000 rapid test kids from South Korea to carry out mass testing. Starting from July 1, 2020, apparently this is set to change. VietJet will suspend ASEAN routes from March 20. While this is a positive sign, Vietnam’s borders remain closed to foreign visitors due to the pandemic and the government has not made any official statement on when the borders will reopen. The company plans to produce PC-related parts in a move to diversify its supply chains. From December 17, 56 countries All large gatherings, public or private, should not take place for 45 days from 15 March. 1,523 companies were dissolved in Ho Chi Minh City in the first quarter of the year as per the city’s municipal people’s committee. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy) Around 440 Japanese nationals will arrive in Vietnam by June 27 for business purposes by special chartered flights. Domestic tourism within Vietnam is now open again, and Vietnam is in talks with several other countries to created so-called “travel bubbles” allowing citizens of trusted neighbours to visit. Having earned high praise for its effectiveness in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, Vietnam is now one of the first countries to ease social distancing measures and reopen its society. The country will reopen its borders on January 1 to travellers who present evidence of a negative test and purchase a travel insurance policy that includes Covid-19 cover. Human trials of Vietnam’s locally made COVID-19 vaccine began with 60 volunteers on December 17 in Hanoi. Apple has asked Foxconn to move some iPad and MacBook production to Vietnam’s Bac Giang province from China as it looks to diversify its supply chain as per, To prevent travel scams, the Vietnamese government announced that it will publish a list of repatriation flights until the end of 2020. Foreigners that have entered on visa-free policies, e-visas, or tourist visas since March 1 will also be entitled to the same automatic extension program until June 30. In addition, Samsung and LG plan to send 430 engineers to support operations in Vietnam on chartered flights. Around 1,000 skilled foreign specialists are expected to enter the country and be quarantined in early June before being deployed at oil and steel projects in Quang Ngai province. Vietnam ended the social isolation guidelines at the end of April 22, though restrictions will continue in some high-risk areas. Japan has pledged to help Vietnam in dealing with the pandemic by offering US$1.86 million via international organizations. Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have asked hospitals to check the history of foreign patients’ entry into Vietnam and documents of mandatory quarantine completion before providing medical services. There is currently no vaccine, so patients are being treated for their symptoms. Vietnam donated US$100,000 worth of face masks and medical equipment to Japan as well as 200,000 facemasks to the US to assist these countries in the fight against COVID-19. PCR test and mandatory quarantine are required on arrival and all visitors must apply for a travel VISA. Foreign nationals are required to pay for their own medical treatment. This means that Vietnam is set to reopen to international visitors now that the coronavirus situations appears to be under control in the country. From December 17, 56 countries Only those issued permits before the closure will first be allowed to enter. Anguilla:Anguilla’s sea and air ports have closed to all passengers until 21 April. Despite sharing a long border with China and having a population of 97 million people, Vietnam has been much less affected due to taking quick, decisive, and extreme action to contain the virus from the outset. Since Vietnam visas were suspended on March 18, foreign nationals have been barred from entering the country, with very few exceptions. Skift reported that Vietnam Airlines hopes to resume international flights as early as June and is working to create a regional travel bubble with service to South Korea and China, which account for 55 percent of the country’s global traffic. Can Tho Airport. However, for passengers coming back to Vietnam, there will still be a mandatory 14-day quarantine. For foreigners, however, its borders remains closed to date. Quang Ngai province authorities from August 24 relaxed social distancing rules after going 16 days without any cases. For foreigners, however, its borders remains closed to date. Ho Chi Minh City officials have asked building authorities to strengthen preventive measures at apartment buildings. Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers allowed to enter Vietnam at this time. The students are enrolled at international schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Australia will contribute US$57.9 million to help secure COVID-19 vaccines for countries in Southeast Asia including Vietnam and the Pacific islands. In addition, major cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Can Tho and Da Nang would need to temporarily shut down all service facilities except for food, pharmacy, and medical treatment services. All passenger transport services including planes, buses, and trains to and from Da Nang resumed operations from September 7 following containment of the pandemic. In line with the order, domestic flights have been significantly reduced to just one round trip a day between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; Hanoi and Da Nang; Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. City authorities have also built one field hospital in Hoa Vang district and the second one in Hai Chau district, which came into operation on August 4. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will open a regional office in Hanoi to increase public health engagement in Southeast Asia and monitor the spread of the pandemic. Around 200 South Korean students entered Vietnam on a special flight on June 7 after receiving special permits to enter the country. Vietnam and Japan have agreed to lift mandatory quarantine for short-term visits for businesspeople and officials from November 1. Vietnamese carriers resumed all domestic operations with national carrier Vietnam Airlines launching six new domestic routes. Since March 22, the country's borders have been closed to foreign travellers. Schools across the country including in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City reopened for classes from May 4 but in gradual phases. Authorities in Hai Duong province lifted restrictions on September 15 after imposing a lockdown since August 14 due to new cases since August 7. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City along with most areas were lowered to ‘at-risk’ after the social isolation ended on April 22. Vietnam is set to officially export 7,500 COVID-19 test kits to Ukraine and Finland. This is the list of cities allowed to travel to Vietnam: Guangzhou; Seoul; Vientiane; Phnom … Businesses operating in Vietnam need to prepare for an escalation of the coronavirus in Vietnam and be ready for measures taken by the authorities to get enforced with little or no notice. We strongly advise precautionary measures begin to be taken. Border crossings between Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos have been temporally closed since April 1. Vietnam has mandated that people wear face masks at crowded places such as airports, bus stations, supermarkets and on public transport. Vietnam has closed borders with its south-western neighbors Laos and Cambodia starting Wednesday in its continued bid to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the gathering of more than 20 people remains banned while non-essential businesses such as beauty salons, karaoke, movie theaters, and gyms remain closed. The country is anticipating allowing eight weekly flights from Vietnam split evenly between South Korea and Japan. Vietnam Briefing is produced by Dezan Shira & Associates. Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have allowed six additional hotels for quarantine for international arrivals in the districts of Tan Binh, Phu Nhuan, and District 7. However, passengers will have to follow health measures including wearing face masks and declaring health status. Vietnam plans to freeze approval for new entrants to the airline industry until 2022 due to the effects of the pandemic on the country’s airline industry. Required fields are marked *. In addition, all travelers from the US, Europe, and ASEAN countries will be required to undergo medical checks and a 14-day quarantine when entering Vietnam. These included mostly locals returning to the country as well as some foreigners. The measures include the washing of hands, and wearing masks while banning religious gatherings, festivals, and sporting events. Vietnam has approved the reopening of sub-border gates and border crossings in Lang Son and Quang Ninh provinces connecting with China to ease trade between the two countries. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Ho Chi Minh City authorities have designated another 14 hotels to serve as paid quarantine facilities. Authorities also imposed a nationwide lockdown effective Wednesday. Cambodia has opened back up to visitors. Khanh Hoa Province’s Cam Ranh Airport. Vietnam: Vietnam's borders remain closed to most foreign travelers. Despite high demand, exports have fallen by half in the past two months with freight operators demanding two to four times the normal prices. The government has urged citizens to update their health status on the app. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been fewer than 350 confirmed cases of the disease in the country and 0 fatalities, compared to 7.04 million cases and 404,000 deaths worldwide. Suspected cases are those people that have returned from epidemic areas or have had direct contact with returnees from epidemic areas and show symptoms as per the Ministry of Health. Dr. Sarah Bales, visiting Professor at the Hanoi University of Public Health, said that Vietnam authorities have made it clear they are not ready to open their borders and will continue to take precautions. Several three to five-star hotels have been offered as paid isolation zones for foreign experts entering Ho Chi Minh City under special permission. Around 1,000 Chinese experts and workers will enter Vietnam from the Huu Nghi border gate in the northern Lang Son province to work in an industrial zone in Quang Ngai province in June by specially approved trains. Vietnam’s tourism sector is expected to lose up to US$23 billion in 2020 due to the pandemic as per Nguyen Ngoc Thien from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Screening centres and health hotlines Travellers with symptoms of COVID-19 or those concerned they may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus should call Vietnam’s health hotline: 1900 3228 Vietnam’s airports have been ordered to deploy additional personnel and coordinate with local health agencies to deploy body temperature scanning equipment as well as a screening of passengers. As of 12:00 pm on March 15, Vietnam suspended all visas and will deny entry to travelers from the UK and the. Vietnam has been widely praised for its swift and decisive response to COVID-19. At least 15 Japanese firms have registered to move production to Vietnam under a government scheme to diversify the supply chain and reduce reliance on China. The online E-visa portal has been deactivated and international travelers have been unable to apply. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Vietnam’s Immigration Department will allow foreign nationals on visa-free, tourist visas (including e-visas) that are unable to leave the country, to extend their stays up to a period of 30 days by filing an application with the authority. Your email address will not be published. From 22 September, Vietnam has resumed international commercial flights to six destinations: Guangzhou, Taiwan, Seoul, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. The country stopped issuing visas and suspended the online E-visa system as part of its measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Vietnam has registered to buy between 50 million and 150 million doses of Russia’s ‘Sputnik-V’ COVID-19 vaccine, though it’s unclear when these will be delivered. businesses establish, maintain, Bali hopes to welcome foreign tourists back in … Vietnam has stated that it will organize flights to bring Vietnamese citizens from Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, the US, and the UAE. The government will also use university dormitories to meet the demand should it be required. Vietnam’s Immigration Department on May 18 announced automatic visa extensions until June 30 for foreigners that entered the country on visa waiver programmes, e-visas, or tourist visas since March 1. Many tour operators and international travel websites seem to have a misunderstanding that the just-issued Resolution 79/NQ-CP on e-visas for 80 countries and territories will lead to the reopening of international travel from early July. 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