3-day home quarantine proposed for arrivals from overseas
People wishing to enter Vietnam will be quarantined at home, a hotel, or other forms of accommodations for three days in the event that they have already been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
They are also required to record a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country, with an exemption for children under two years old.
These requirements are parts of a proposal made by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to relevant ministries, agencies, and localities for further opinions.
All entrants must be subject to a PCR test on the third day of their home quarantine. Providing they test negative, they will then self-monitor their health at home from the fourth to 14th day following their arrival instead of being transferred to a concentrated quarantine facility for seven days as is the case at present.
During their period of home quarantine, they will not be allowed to leave the place of residence and come into contact people living in the same house.
For those who have not been vaccinated or injected with sufficient doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the MoH has requested that they isolate at home or their place of residence for seven days upon their arrival.
They will then be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the first and seventh days, and if the test proves negative, they will then continue to monitor their health until the 14th day.
The vaccination certificate of entrants, also known as the vaccine passport, will be examined at the airport through guidelines issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Vietnam has so far recognised vaccine passports issued by 72 countries and territories worldwide, and is currently negotiating this issue with many other countries.
Currently, the local vaccination rate is rather high, with 96.4% of people aged 18 and above receiving their first shot, and 76.5% receiving their second shot.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh recently insisted that 100% of adults be given their second shot by the end of the year, with the scheme to provide vaccinations for children to also be accelerated.