return icon

Hanoi applies centralised quarantined for passengers from countries with Omicron

Hanoi authorities have ordered all passengers on flights, which depart from countries where the Omicron variant is present to follow regulations on centralised quarantine regardless of passenger history, vaccinations or prior COVID-19 infections.


Passengers show their health declaration to staff at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. — VNA/VNS Photo

The move came after the committee issued Plan No 310/KH-UBND on responding to the new strain (Omicron) on Monday.

The committee said the number of Omicron infections was increasing in many countries. At least 78 countries have reported cases of Omicron. Many countries have tightened regulations on international travel to minimise the attack of the variant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Omicron as a worrying variant because reports in South Africa show its rapid spread.

Therefore, following the direction of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the committee has developed a plan to implement measures to prevent the variant from entering Vietnam.

The committee has told the city’s Health Department to cooperate with relevant agencies at the Noi Bai International Airport to closely monitor passengers entering the airport and apply the regulations on centralised quarantine for passengers, who show symptoms of fever and cough, especially passengers from flights to and from countries where Omicron is present.

The committee requires all relevant agencies to strictly comply with international health-quarantine regulations, requiring passengers to have a negative result of test within 72 hours upon entry into Vietnam.

The agencies were told to strengthen the control of the certificate of negative test results as well as the medical declaration of passengers.

Authorities will tighten the review of incoming passengers with a history of going to or from countries and regions that have recorded the new strain, including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho and Mozambique.

The committee said that activities of quarantine, health monitoring, and sampling for testing must be carried out in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health.

Any violation of regulations on COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control will be strictly punished.

The committee also requested all agencies, enterprises, communes and wards to strengthen health monitoring of people returning from countries where Omicron is present.

Units are ordered to strengthen taking samples of cases with symptoms of cough, fever, and loss of taste and smell to detect early infection cases, especially cases who recently entered Vietnam or have had frequent contact with foreigners.

If a case of Omicron infection is found in the city, the relevant agencies are told to focus on tracing the original source of infection and close contacts of the case to immediately cut off the chain of infection.

The city’s department of health must prepare plans to be ready to collect and treat COVID-19 patients while infection cases have continued increasing rapidly in the city.

Under the plan, the Hanoi administration also requires units to deploy the booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, prioritising vulnerable groups.

Source: Vietnam News

Vietnam confirms first case of Omicron variant infection

Vietnam confirms first case of Omicron variant infection

An entrant returning from the UK was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on December 28 to be the first Omicron case recorded in the nation.

Reopening routine international flights can’t wait: experts

Reopening routine international flights can’t wait: experts

The appearance of the new Omicron variant has put pressure on routine international flight reopening. However, Vietnam should not wait any longer, many experts say.


Mural depicting VN, US’s friendship inaugurated

A ceramic mural, US-VN Friendship, has been inaugurated at the new US-Vietnam Co-operation Centre in Hanoi.

New pact promotes Vietnam-Europe fashion links

Culture, lifestyle and fashion links between Vietnam and Europe will be promoted under a Memorandum of Understanding signed this week by the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham Vietnam) and the Aquafina Vietnam International Week.

Vietnam likely to consider nuclear power development

The Economic Committee of the National Assembly (NA) has recently proposed developing nuclear power over the next decades to ensure national energy security and meet the ‘net zero’ goal Vietnam set at the 26th UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26).

Short animated Vietnamese film competes at Cannes Film Festival

“Giac Mo Goi Cuon”, known as “Spring Roll Dream” in English, a short animated film by a young Vietnamese director has been nominated in the La Cinef, a category at the Cannes Film Festival which honours works by students from global film schools.

PM welcomes Intel’s investment expansion in Vietnam

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh applauded Intel’s decision to expand its investment in Vietnam while receiving its CEO Patrick Gelsinger in Hanoi on May 27.

Hanoi to build 17 bridges spanning Red River

In addition to the seven existing bridges, Hanoi will have 10 more bridge crossing the Red River, under a development plan to 2030 with a vision towards 2050.

Localities asked to report progress of large FDI projects

The Ministry of Planning and Investment has requested localities to report the execution of large foreign direct investment (FDI) projects that need significant investment and use large land lots.

Opportunities for e-commerce in Vietnam to boom

Recently, e-commerce in Vietnam is assessed to grow robustly. It is forecasted that Vietnam's internet economy will reach US$57 billion by 2025, ranking second in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia.

Vietnam has choices under new global trends

The world today is being affected constantly by the ripple effects of global problems and occurrences such as the ongoing US-China trade war, the recent lengthy Covid-19 pandemic, and now the current fierce Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Muoi Sau sweet soups- the quintessence of Hanoi’s nosh

Muoi Sau (Sixteen) Dessert Soup Stall in Hanoi’s downtown is a well-known place for those who love the sweetness of Hanoi desserts.

Leading cueists gather in HCM City for Billiard World Cup 3-Cushion 2022

The world’s leading cueists have returned to Ho Chi Minh City for the Billiard World Cup 3-Cushion 2022 after the tournament was postponed for the two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Control inflation to protect the poor

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said that the economic stimulus package needs to be “brought into life” to help people and businesses, and that inflation should not be allowed to “sweep the poor away”.


Vietnam to have 184 fishing ports by 2050: draft plan

Omicron subvariants under close scrutiny in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health said it is closely monitoring the emergence of new sub-lineages of the Omicron variant that causes the COVID-19 disease worldwide to promptly adopt control measures if they are reported in Vietnam.

Vietnam elected as member of two ESCAP Regional Center Executive Councils

Two Vietnamese agencies have won election to the Executive Councils of the UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific and Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanisation under the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.