Over 1.500 South Korean businessmen set to enter Vietnam

More than 1,500 South Korean businessmen are expected to enter Vietnam on charter flights from now through next month.
July 22, 2020 | 14:11
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Under the plan, around 570 businessmen from 240 companies will start being sent to Vietnam on chartered airplanes Wednesday, according to South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy.

Through August, South Korea plans to send 1,500 workers to the Southeast Asian nation. All arrivals will undergo mandatory two-week quarantine before heading toward their final destinations.

Last Sunday, 101 South Korean experts, managers, and high-tech workers from Incheon City arrived by charter flight to Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s biggest island in the southern province of Kien Giang, to work for a major business group that has a billion-dollar project there, reported VNExpress.

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An aircraft carrying South Korean experts landed at Van Don Airport in Quang Ninh Province, April 2020.

Photo: VnExpress/Binh Minh.

Last week, the South Korean ambassador to Vietnam, Park Noh-wan, said that South Korean businesses would like quarantine relaxation for experts and executives entering Vietnam for work. He said they wanted the quarantine period reduced from 14 days and even the requirement waived in some cases like people coming for short-term work and for important tasks like investment and signing contracts.

A representative of the Korea Chamber of Business in Vietnam (Korcham) said quarantining costs South Korean businesses money and time as people now have to do a two-week home quarantine in South Korea before flying out to Vietnam and two more weeks upon landing.

The Chairman of Government Office Mai Tien Dung said that Vietnam has carried out the dual target of both developing the economy and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the government has taken flexible isolation measures for foreign experts and executives including South Korean. “Vietnam will work closely with countries to overcome difficulties amid the Covid-19 pandemic”, he added.

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South Korean experts arrived at Cat Bi International Airport in Hai Phong, northern Vietnam, July 2, 2020.

Photo courtesy of An Ninh Hai Phong newspaper.

Earlier, in March, 270 South Korean experts also arrived in Vietnam to work for tech giants such as Samsung and LG.

Since the pandemic broke out, about 4,300 South Koreans have been granted permission to enter Vietnam for work.

Vietnam has closed its borders and suspended all international flights from March 25, and stopped issuing visas for foreign nationals since March 18. Only Vietnamese citizens, foreigners with diplomatic passports, foreign experts, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country. Everyone has to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival, added VNExpress.

After going through over three months without detecting any community infections, Vietnam is mulling over to resume commercial flights to some Asian destinations, including Seoul, from August.

South Korea is currently the fifth largest investor in the first half of 2020 in Vietnam with a total capital of nearly 545 million USD. Currently, Korean businesses own more than 8,000 investment projects in Vietnam, contributing 30% of the total export value and more than 700,000 jobs in many localities.
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