Samsung may lose US$10 billion on Vietnam's mandatory quarantine: Ambassador
Vietnam’s recent policies to quarantine all South Koreans entering Vietnam may jeopardize Samsung’s plan to bring more than 1,000 South Korean experts into the country.
Samsung may face losses of up to US$10 billion if engineers and experts of the South Korean conglomerate are put into quarantine upon entering Vietnam, VnExpress reported, citing South Korean Ambassador to Vietnam Park Noh-wan.
Samsung is planning to bring more than 1,000 South Korean experts into Vietnam to support its production chain, Park told local reporters on March 6.
Park referred to Vietnam’s recent policy requiring all visitors from South Korea or transit through South Korea, including businesses, diplomats, or officials, to be quarantined in 14 days amid the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic in that country.
Park asked local authorities to adjust the policy for employees from South Korean companies, particularly Samsung and LG, that they will be exempted from quarantine.
As per Vietnamese screening measures, those holding diplomatic passports should also be considered on a case-by-case basis, Park said and suggested all South Koreans with a health certificate issued by the South Korean authority should be allowed to enter Vietnam without being isolated.
“We are concerned that putting South Koreans in quarantine would cause huge financial losses,” Park was quoted by VnExpress as saying.
The South Korean Ambassador said the two countries are working closely to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic and ensure the movements of people.
Since February 29, the number of South Koreans coming to Vietnam has plunged after the Vietnam halted the unilateral visa-waiver program for South Koreans.
In the first two months of 2019, an average of 100 South Koreans arrived to Vietnam per day, significantly lower than the previous figure of 13,000 recorded in the same period last year.
Park noted from March 7 onwards, all Vietnamese airlines would stop flights to and from South Korea. Before the epidemic, there were 80 direct flights per day and 550 per week between Vietnam and South Korea. Nearly 170,000 South Koreans are living in Vietnam.
“I hope the two countries to have effective solutions against the epidemic and minimize the long-term impacts on the bilateral relations,” he said.
- Vietnamese Gov’t eases regulations on vehicle inspection
- Hanoi partners with Kien Giang to attract tourists to Phu Quoc Island
- EuroCham Vietnam has new chairman
- Chinese tourists impressed by Hanoi's must-see attractions
- International partners keen on Vietnam's renewable energy sector
- Hanoi improves travel experience by digitizing tourist sites
- Vietnam advised to pilot large-scale wind power projects
- PM urges to expand visa exemption for international tourists
- 2023 - a year of high-quality startups in Vietnam
- Vietnam's GDP growth forecast at 6.3% in 2023: WB
Hanoi seeks UNESCO’s support in preserving cultural heritage
Hanoi patriots recount memories of captivity
Fascinating look at Hanoi in black and white photo collection
Effective public investment as a top political mission: PM
Hanoi named among Vietnam's most beautiful places
Hanoi among cities with most trees in the world
2023 - a year of high-quality startups in Vietnam
Vietnam 12th International Photo Contest winners announced
Another perspective on Hanoi Street in Hoang Dinh exhibition