Official Vietnam Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Site

VietCanada :

From VGP

VN to continue strict border control to prevent importation, reopen economy

13:10 | 06/05/2020

"VGP - As the COVID-19 pandemic still remains complicated around the world, Viet Nam will continue strict border control to prevent importation of new case as a premise for easing domestic restrictions in favor of reopening the economy, according to National Steering Committee.

From such perspective, diplomatic passport holders, foreign experts and businessmen must be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine with flexible forms upon their arrival to Viet Nam.

The nation will continue denying foreign tourists and strictly managing Vietnamese people returning home from abroad."

So it looks like I can go home and still come back under the businessman exception, albeit subject to the 14 day quarantine.  I wonder if those that are allowed to travel under the exception get to go to the resort quarantine instead of the "rice and fish sauce cement block wall rooms" quarantine?  I know I would have to pay for that service but it's worth it and it may back to being worth risking a trip to the US knowing I won't be in quarantine jail.

From VietNamNet news:

PM allows lifting of social distancing at schools

Vietnam considers resuming int’l flights with limited frequency

From DTiNews:
Airlines allowed to operate at full capacity, end seat distancing

" foreign experts and businessmen must be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine with flexible forms upon their arrival to Viet Nam."

Can anybody elaborate on the "flexible forms" above. What does it mean?
I had a trip cancelled to Laos. I've been in Vietnam since March 11th.
I just want to go to Laos for a week and back to Nam. In June.
Can anybody tell if it is possible, or where I can find this information about this.
Thanks

RealPommy :

" foreign experts and businessmen must be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine with flexible forms upon their arrival to Viet Nam."

Can anybody elaborate on the "flexible forms" above. What does it mean?
I had a trip cancelled to Laos. I've been in Vietnam since March 11th.
I just want to go to Laos for a week and back to Nam. In June.
Can anybody tell if it is possible, or where I can find this information about this.
Thanks

http://news.chinhphu.vn/Home/Incoming-t … /39306.vgp

Thanks  :top:

This is from CBC Canada.

What works to flatten the curve and what science says on easing restrictions

"The study, which appears in this week's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that putting two restrictions in place at once — such as closing schools and asking people to physically distance themselves — reduced the growth of new COVID-19 cases by at least 30 per cent."

"The study also shed light on what role climate may play in the epidemic's growth. The researchers found no association between local temperature or latitude and the spread of COVID-19.

"Unfortunately for all of us, the weather won't come to our help too much here," Juni said."

"It's very exciting to see that there is research being conducted and we finally have answers to questions that we had such as which measures are the most effective."

Here's the latest news about international travel and foreign tourists.
I saw this report on several news outlets this morning.

VN continues to close borders to foreign tourists

14:32 | 16/05/2020

"VGP – The Government of Viet Nam has announced that the country continues to close borders to foreign tourists in a bid to prevent importation of new COVID-19 cases.

Competent authorities are required to continue strict entry control and quarantine regulations to deter community transission. Foreign investors, experts, skilled workers, business managers, officials, and Vietnamese students learing aborad are allowed to enter the nation but they must comply with the nation’s quarantine regulations."

Here's an interview with the head of the Oxford Uni Clinical Research Unit in HCMC. Informative. Apologies if posted already somewhere else.
https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/video … Glj4nPYrA4

It2VN :

Apologies if posted already somewhere else.

No apologies needed.  This is by far the best coverage I have seen of why Vietnam was able to contain the virus while other countries have not.  In particular, I was informed by the interviewee's assessment that the Vietnamese response was not dependent on having a one-party state.  The doctor did point out that the UK has a unified basically socialist medical system but still failed to contain the virus.  All in all, an excellent piece.  Thank you.

Things are looking better for the UK pilot, well done doctors & nurses & hospital.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=548576615833362

Go the answer. You cannot leave and come back to Vietnam without quarantine.

Then  i leave and will not come back till the situation has changed. If ever.

Teaching English pro bona, I discussed the cost of this Wuhan virus lockdown. How many trillions of VND has it cost the nation? And saved, how many 1-2000 humans?

Last year, 2019 there where more than  19000 traffic accidents and more than 9000 died. How many trillions have the VN government spent to prevent that?

According my students, no trillions for the 9000 dead. It makes you wonder about the priorities.

Hello everyone,

This is a small reminder that the aim of this thread is to share official information from the government of Vietnam regarding COVID-19.

You may post such updates here.

However, for any other posts related to COVID-19, please share your thoughts by creating new topics or by participating on existing threads which deal with other aspects of COVID-19.

Thanking you in advance,

Diksha
Team Expat.com

RealPommy :

How many trillions of VND has it cost the nation? And saved, how many 1-2000 humans?

Last year, 2019 there where more than  19000 traffic accidents and more than 9000 died. How many trillions have the VN government spent to prevent that?

According my students, no trillions for the 9000 dead. It makes you wonder about the priorities.

The priority was not on how many people were saved, it's how far the outbreak would've reached if the directly infected patients were not saved. 

The value of success is not how much it cost the nation to save lives, but how many lives were lost in this lengthy battle. 

Zero.  That's how many. 

To a country that has gone through more bloody wars, more devastasting disasters, and more shameful human blunders in its 5000 years of history than any historian can remember, the success it achieves in this  battle is worth every đồng of those trillions.

Some of the 19 000 victims of traffic accident may not agree.

RealPommy :

Some of the 19 000 victims of traffic accident may not agree.

Any loss of life that could have been prevented is a loss.

But last time i check the unfortunate accident that cause the loss of life to one scooter rider was not infectious. Covid with one single infectious person walking the busy streets could potentially spread the virus to kill millions.

Scooter rider takes risks and can see that jumping a light could be lethal. Anyone walking down the road cannot see the virus

You got a point. I see that. And don't let us forget the big bougie man in all this, China. My students call the Chinese for their big, bad, bullying brother. A lot of truth in that.

But the fact is that there is a occupational group that has also been hit hard. Funeral homes. 50% failure of death due to less traffic. So that's probably right, Vietnam is the best in class.

RealPommy :

Vietnam is the best in class.

Actually in prior years Vietnam lags behind several African countries by both per capita and per vehicle measures and more relevantly it lags substantially behind Thailand.

                         Fatalities per capita 100K             Fatalities per 100K vehicles
Thailand                              32.7                                                   60.2
Vietnam                               24.5                                                   55.0

Somalia had 6535 fatalities per 100,000 vehicles in 2016.   That is a staggering 6.5%.  Hard to beat that record.  Of course being shot at may add to the fatality rate. :o

It seems that back in March there was a window that opened briefly and then closed for holders of the VEC.  The Viet Consulate in SF posted a notice as of March 17 that "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."  There was no indication of what certifying agencies would be accepted.

Then just four days later on 3/21, the window slammed shut.  "The validity of the Visa Exemption Certificates for persons of Vietnamese origin and their families shall also hereby be temporarily suspended. The aforementioned measures shall take effect from 00:00, 22 March 2020."  Talk about a fast turnaround on government policy.  :mad:  I wonder if someone explained to them that when Trump said "Anybody that wants a test can get a test" it wasn't really true.  :cool:

https://vietnamconsulate-sf.org/vi/2020 … eigners-2/

https://vietnamconsulate-sf.org/vi/2020 … -viet-nam/

From a US Embassy Hanoi email today, about news that affects all expats:

RED text is highlighted by me, not the Embassy
----------------------------------------------------

Update to Government of Vietnam Policy Regarding Extension of Temporary Stay for Certain Foreigners - U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (July 1, 2020)

Location: Vietnam

Important Information for U.S. Citizens:

The Government of Vietnam announced it will extend its policy of automatic extension of temporary stay for foreigners in certain qualifying groups with plans to depart Vietnam through July 31, 2020.

U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals who entered Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa on or after March 1, 2020, will be granted an automatic extension of stay through July 31, 2020, and may exit Vietnam during this period without having to apply for an extension of stay.
U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020, may be considered for an automatic extension through July 31, 2020, provided that they can provide proof that they have been stranded in Vietnam due to COVID-19 mandatory quarantine, treatment, or other reasons beyond their control by presenting an exit letter from their Embassy or consulate about their situation.  They must present these documents upon exiting Vietnam.
U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals who do not fall under the above-mentioned categories, or who otherwise violate Vietnamese laws and regulations, will be subject to the penalties imposed by the Vietnamese government and its authorities.

U.S. citizens are reminded that they must declare their temporary stay with Vietnamese local authorities and complete a health declaration form during the extension period in accordance with local regulations.  The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City cannot ask local authorities to give individual U.S. citizens special treatment or exemptions from local laws.  U.S. citizens are responsible for directly addressing immigration-related problems with Vietnamese immigration authorities, such as overstaying a visa, visa extensions, visa renewals, and new visa applications.  Questions regarding Vietnamese visas should be referred to the Vietnamese Immigration Department at (024) 39387320. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate cannot act as a visa sponsor for U.S. citizens during their stay in Vietnam.

The U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City may issue exit letters in support of U.S. citizens who entered Vietnam before March 1, 2020 and who can present concrete plans to exit Vietnam by July 31.  U.S. citizens may request an exit letter here.

We recommend U.S. citizens check the Embassy’s COVID-19 page daily for information, and register or update their information in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Well said. Unfortunately there will always be lives lost through accidents etc.vietnam should not be singled out for this when so many lives are wasted in the western world through countless addictions and needless gun laws and lack of care for the the family unit. I feel blessed to be in a country that did put their people first with common sense and at a monetary cost that compares to other so called civilised countries

Hangray47 :

Well said.

You need to click on the Quote function underneath the post of the person to whom you want to reply.  Without quoting a previous post, no one would know what you're talking about and your comment would not receive any recognition you wish to achieve.

New topic