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The ministry on April 10 received a diplomatic note from the Republic of Korea (RoK) Embassy in Vietnam which said amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the RoK's Government has decided to suspend the validity of short-term visa for foreigners, irrespective of countries and territories, starting from 00:00 am on April 13.
Accordingly, the ministry noted that the Korean Government will temporarily end the validity of 90-day visa issued by the Korean representative agencies abroad before April 5.
Foreigners who entered the RoK on short-term visa could stay in the country for the allowed period.
Visa applicants were asked to submit health certificates issued by medical agencies and COVID-19 testing results within 48 hours since application date.
The decision is not applicable for C-4 visa for skilled engineers invited by Korean firms, long-term working and investment visas, diplomatic and official passport holders, families of Korean citizens or other urgent and humanitarian cases.
The number of foreign nationals arriving for short-term stays appears poised to fall by as much as 300 per day. Experts predicted that while this may reduce the burden for quarantine facilities and management, it is unlikely to yield much effect in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the RoK.
The ministry urged Vietnamese citizens to refrain from travelling between the two countries at present, abide by epidemic prevention and control measures, and regularly update the two countries’ regulations.
Further assistance could be reached via the citizen protection hotlines 82 2 720 5124 at the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK and 84 981 84 84 84 in Vietnam.
As of midnight on April 10, the number of new coronavirus cases remained at 10,450./.
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