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May 07, 2020 / 17:16

Vietnam still bans foreign entry while reopening economy

Vietnam remains concerned over coronavirus import after it has contained the virus domestically.

Vietnam has not allowed the entry of foreign visitors though the country has reopened the economy as concerns on coronavirus import remain latent.

 Hanoi is one of favorite destinations for foreign visitors. Photo: Hanoimoi

Vietnam is pursuing the tightened control over the entry of foreign visitors and Vietnamese people living abroad. Local authorities strictly manage the stay of the entrants once they enter the country.

Accordingly, the country has paid special attention to the immigration and compulsory quarantine for all entrants regardless of diplomatic passport holders, experts, or businessmen, according to information announced at a government meeting on May 6 chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

However, it's unknown whether the compulsory quarantine is at government-run centers, at home or accommodation facilities.

Officials at the meeting said Vietnam resembles a “sunken field” that is surrounded by inundation. The field must be protected by strong dykes against outside impacts, they noted.

As the pandemic spread globally, Vietnam has closed borders to foreigners from March 22 and quarantined all entrants for 14 days, except for special cases.

In addition, the country continues keeping vigilance on the fight against the pandemic with the participation of different forces namely health sector, public security, military, and scientists, and deploying protective measures like quarantine, contact tracing, and testing, and curbing the outbreak.

Vietnam has partly reopened the economy from April 23 after three weeks of social distancing. Since then, it has allowed the resumption of non-essential services.

So far, the country has removed regulations on social distancing for transport services and allows the operations of certain entertainment services.

The country has resumed economic activities after it experienced three weeks without new coronavirus cases in the community. The country’s infections remain at 271, including 232 convalescents, and no deaths.