Official Suspension Of Visa Applications Originating From China

Yesterday, Thursday, January 30, 2020 I had a meeting in HCMC with my visa agent from Hanoi.

My agent informed me that--within the previous 24 hours (on Wednesday, January 29th)--her agency had received an official alert from the office of centralized immigration in Hanoi to IMMEDIATELY CEASE ACCEPTING & SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS FOR VISAS ORIGINATING FROM CHINA.

Note: This is not only a restriction on Chinese Nationals.

If you are a citizen of ANY nation submitting an application for a new visa and your FLIGHT INFORMATION indicates you will be traveling from China, your application is supposed to be rejected.

(No, I didn't think to ask her about connecting flights through Chinese airports)

I'm sure any trustworthy Visa On Arrival agent has received the same emergency directive from immigration.

As usual, I won't post the name of her agency here, to avoid the appearance of promoting her agency in the forum (for the casual reader, that's a no-no under forum rules).

However, if you want to communicate with her agency to get more information regarding your specific situation, you can send me a private message and I will give you the agency contact information including the street address of their offices in Hanoi.

UPDATE:

Yes, connecting flights in China or flights that stop in China and continue on to Vietnam are also restricted.

No Visa on Arrival will be issued.

I guess authorities didn't get the memo about the declining rate of infections... :lol:

atomheart :

I guess authorities didn't get the memo about the declining rate of infections... :lol:

One "authority" is said to have flipped the bird northward and cried out:

"Remember Nha Trang!"

:D

They are quite proactive and being strangely competent about all this.

I got an email from airline, air Canada has suspended flights fro, Hong Kong. Had to reroute me thru Seoul with a 12 hour stop over.
And now Korea is starting to restrict travel.
May be an ordeal getting home.

[at]Canman62 - Was your flight between Toronto (YYZ) and Hong Kong (HKG)?  I am of the understanding that the YYZ-HKG routes have been suspended, but the Vancouver (YVR) to Hong Kong (HKG) routes are still operating.

See this:

https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/hom … ravel.html

Yes it was Hong Kong Toronto. Can't understand why they would suspend the Toronto flights but not Vancouver. This could get out of hand very quickly with the travel restrictions.
I was basically told take this flight as it's the last till mid April. 12 hours in Seoul airport, looked into a day room, but $200 seems a little steep. But then again may be a bargain compared to laying on the seats.
See what happens before the end of April. I was not told but it may have been my flight from hcmc to Hong Kong., this was with Cathay pacific.

Canman62 :

Yes it was Hong Kong Toronto. Can't understand why they would suspend the Toronto flights but not Vancouver. This could get out of hand very quickly with the travel restrictions.
I was basically told take this flight as it's the last till mid April. 12 hours in Seoul airport, looked into a day room, but $200 seems a little steep. But then again may be a bargain compared to laying on the seats.
See what happens before the end of April.

From what I understand from a friend who works at Air Canada, the YYZ-HKG flights were not economically viable since the virus outbreak (the mighty $ speaks), but YVR-HKG still is.  Not sure if that is still the case, but that is what I was told.

I was planning to return to Vancouver in May, but given how much this whole situation changes weekly, who knows if I will be able to return?  Wait and see, I suppose.

Question for you:  How far in advance did Air Canada let you know about the routing changes through Seoul?

I checked United as I have one Saturday to the US, March 21 back here and May 17 back to US.  All are through Tokyo so I think I'm OK at least for now.

I was contacted yesterday, , the plane coming to Hong Kong was virtually empty, I figured due to the out break.
If things continue and more travel restrictions are imposed, it may be difficult to get home thru any Asian country.
Korea now has more cases, if they are next to stop flights, I'm hooped.
Perhaps thru Europe.
If they cancelled the Toronto flight due to lack of passengers, Vancouver will be next as no Asians will be travelling to Canada. China has stopped travel so there will definitely be no passengers.
I'm afraid the Vancouver flight will also be stopped, can't understand why I wasn't put on that flight??????

Surprisingly the March/May return trip that I just booked was the cheapest flight to/from  USA/SGN ever.  I fear it dropped because less people are traveling and then may go way up when they start dropping flights.

zeubie :

From what I understand from a friend who works at Air Canada, the YYZ-HKG flights were not economically viable since the virus outbreak (the mighty $ speaks), but YVR-HKG still is.

Airlines (and cruise lines) all tell you "Your safety is our main concern." It's complete bullshit - profit is their main concern.

If the planes are empty, they simply won't be flying. My flight had low numbers, I was the only one in my row, 10 wide, same for every row in the back section of the plane. First couple sections had higher occupancy.
Can't blame the airlines, it's business.

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