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|From late August to early September, the Vietnamese foreign labour management department will issue permits to over 200 trainee nurses to work and study in Japan. Photo: Lao dong (Labour)|
Foreign markets like Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Taiwan (China) together receiving more than 90 percent of Vietnamese workers have moved to welcome the employees again after a period of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The foreign labour management department at the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said that companies in the RoK and Taiwan now want to receive Vietnamese labourers to restore production.
According to the department, the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam began to grant visas for Vietnamese citizens as from July 29. The move took place as the Japanese Government is carrying out step-by-step measures to stimulate the economy, towards reopening international travel.
Accordingly, Vietnamese nationals in the country, using a direct flight between Vietnam and Japan, will be granted a visa to Japan for the purpose of labour, long-term stay for business, management; internal transfer of engineers, intellectuals and international profession; nursing; highly qualified labour; and some other activities.
After entering Japan, the labourers need to isolate themselves for 14 days at home in line with the host country’s regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
Labour export enterprises are responsible for instructing workers to strictly observe the Japan’s quarantine regulations.
From late August to early September, the Vietnamese foreign labour management department will issue permits to over 200 trainee nurses to work and study in Japan under the two countries’ Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). They were scheduled to head to Japan last May, but their departure was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Vietnamese workers repatriated from Japan arrive at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, May 25, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
Japan is considered a potential market for Vietnam’s labour export. Statistics from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare unveiled that as of late October 2019, Vietnamese labourers ranked second in number, only after Chinese, with 401,326 among nearly 1.66 million guest workers in Japan.
Meanwhile, the German Embassy in Vietnam was recently allowed to grant visas to Vietnamese citizens taking up apprenticeships in the European country. The German side earlier granted visas to Vietnamese trainee nurses.
Also, Taiwan has already welcomed a number of Vietnamese workers who were granted visas prior to the pandemic.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs asked employers provide full, clear information on incentives for labourers, while joining hands with foreign partners to ensure their legal entry and safety./.
Vietnam sent 33,500 guest workers overseas in the first half of this year, a 40 percent year-on-year decline due to travel restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country has suspended all international flights since March 25, and many other countries too have also closed their borders.
Vietnam seeks to send 130,000 workers overseas in 2020.
According to statistics from the ministry, over 5,000 workers have returned home from abroad after many businesses were forced to lay off workers. Many flights have been organized in recent months to bring Vietnamese workers and students back from overseas.
More than 147,000 workers went abroad last year, up 3.2 percent from the previous year.
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