Temporarily Stopping Granting Visas to Foreign Visitors to Vietnam

10:26:56 AM | 23/3/2020

In order to promptly respond and prevent the Covid-19 outbreak which is spreading quickly in the world, the Government Office issued Announcement 102/TB-VPCP on Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s conclusions on Covid-19 prevention. Accordingly, Vietnam will suspend the issuance of visas for foreigners entering Vietnam for about 30 days, starting from March 18, 2020.

Specifically, foreigners enjoying visa-waiver program or overseas Vietnamese and their spouses and children having been granted certificate of visa exemption shall only be allowed to enter Vietnam if they can submit papers certifying they are not positive for the SARS-CoV virus that causes Covid-19. This measure is also applied to foreigners who are experts, business managers or highly skilled workers upon arrival to Vietnam. Virus tests must be approved by competent authorities accepted by Vietnam.

The above mentioned measures are not applied to people on entry for diplomatic or official purposes. All entrants must be medically checked and have to comply with Vietnam’s prevention and control measures.

In addition to the current quarantine measures, centralized quarantine is subject to all incoming travelers from the United States, Europe and ASEAN countries. Those who are not subject to centralized quarantine will be supervised and medically monitored during their mandatory isolation at place of residence and workplace.

The Prime Minister also asked the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Transport to consider and decide the landing position for flights from infected areas to ensure favorable conditions for the isolation of people on entry and epidemic prevention requirements. The Ministry of Health specifically guides monitoring entrants from aircraft, medical control at airports and testing of entry passengers.

By Giang Tu, Vietnam Business Forum