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Temporary stay extended for foreigners in Vietnam until end of August

August 07, 2020 | 08:21

Foreigners who had entered Vietnam on a tourist visa, e-visa or visa exemption since March 1 would have their stay automatically extended until August 31.

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Within their stay extension period, the foreigners must report back to authorities regarding their residence and medical status as required per existing Vietnamese policies. Photo: VNA

Foreigners who had entered Vietnam on a tourist visa, e-visa or visa exemption since March 1 would have their stay automatically extended until August 31, the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security announced.

These foreigners may also leave Vietnam within the time period without undergoing official procedures, the department said.

Those who had entered Vietnam before March 1 are also eligible to have their stay automatically extended until the end of August if they could prove they were stranded in Vietnam due to the COVID-19 pandemic as confirmed by relevant diplomatic missions, or could provide documents issued by Vietnamese authorities to confirm they were quarantined or treated for COVID-19, among other reasons.

Within their stay extension period, the foreigners must report back to authorities regarding their residence and medical status as required per existing Vietnamese policies.

Those who are not included in the aforementioned categories or commit violations shall be subject to Vietnam’s existing laws.

Earlier, the department extended temporary stay permits for foreigners who had come to Vietnam since March 1 but remain stranded due to the pandemic until July 31.

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With Vietnam’s borders remaining closed, the number of foreign tourists to the country in the first seven months of this year decreased 61.6 percent. Photo: VNA

As a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Vietnam shut its borders by suspending all international flights on March 25, halting the issuance of new visas for all foreign nationals since March 18.

Thousands of foreigners stuck in Vietnam amid travel restrictions have been repatriated in recent months.

With Vietnam’s borders remaining closed, the country welcomed 3.8 million foreign tourists in the first seven months of 2020, a year-on-year decline of 61.6 percent, the General Statistics Office said.

Asian visitors accounted for the lion’s share, 73 percent, down 63.9 percent year-on-year.

Arrivals from most major markets, including China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, declined substantially in January-July, with only those from Cambodia rising, by 88.9 percent.

Tourists from Europe fell 48.7 percent year-on-year./.

Vietnam reported 750 COVID-19 cases as of August 7 morning, including 10 fatalities.

The number of new locally-transmitted infections as from July 25 now stands at 298, scattering in 11 cities and provinces and all linked to the outbreak in the central city of Da Nang.

Of the total cases, 392 have been given the all-clear.

More than 170,450 people who had contact with COVID-19 patients or came from pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined, with 6,717 at hospitals, 23,356 at concentrated facilities and 140,384 in their homes and accommodations./.

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