Gov’t Demands Facilitating Entry, Exit by Vietnamese, Foreigners

9:07:56 AM | 10/21/2021

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has tasked the Ministry of Health to amend or renew COVID-19 testing, quarantine and medical surveillance protocols in the direction of facilitating the entry of overseas Vietnamese as well as foreign businessmen, experts and skilled workers into Viet Nam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was requested to coordinate with the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Ministry of Health to prompt issue detailed instructions so that Vietnamese and foreigners who are vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country can easily go abroad.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall also coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, and relevant ministries and agencies to put forward a proposal on visa and epidemiological control for foreigners entering Viet Nam in the new context.

Viet Nam suspended the entry of foreigners since March 22, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak but this policy is not applicable to diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers.

Under the current regulations, fully vaccinated entrants with negative COVID-19 tests are subjected to undergo seven days of centralized quarantine and another seven days for medical surveillance.

All entrants shall have to be tested for COVID-19 on the first and the seventh day of the quarantine period.

As it is difficult to strive for zero cases, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on September 25 agreed to switch away from “Zero COVID-19” to safe adaptation to the pandemic.

On October 11, the Government has issued Resolution No. 128/NQ-CP adopting provisional guidelines on safe adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic, which requires that localities’ addition measures must not constitute hindrance the movement of goods, production and business activities as well as the mobility of people between provinces and cities.

Source: VGP