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Vietnam’s government suspending all travel visa to limit the spread of coronavirus

16:47 | 17/03/2020

Vietnam’s government has decided to temporarily halt visa issuance to foreigners for 30 days, applicable since March 18. Due to the increasing number of passengers infected with COVID-19 on flights that enter Vietnam recently, the Prime Minister decided to propose a suspension of visas to travelers from all countries, to limit the spread of the virus.    

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Update: This is the latest effort by the Government to staunch the COVID-19 pandemic which has spread swiftly across the world and caused serious consequences.

Foreigners enjoying visa-waiver program or overseas Vietnamese and their spouses and children having been granted with certificate of visa exemption shall only be allowed to enter Viet Nam if they can submit papers certifying they are not positive for the virus.

The measure shall also be applied to foreigners who are experts, business managers, highly skilled workers upon arrival to Viet Nam.

All the above measures shall NOT be applicable to entrants for diplomatic or official purposes.

All entrants shall be medically checked and have to comply with the nation’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

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The moves come as Vietnam confirmed four new infection cases yesterday, bringing the tally to 61, including 16 patients that were recovered, according to the health ministry.

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