return icon

People hesitate to return home for Tet due to Covid-19 prevention regulations

Many people have not had the opportunity to visit their families because of two consecutive years of Covid-19. In 2021, the pandemic spread widely, causing great damages in all aspects.

People are desperately homesick, but their ways back to their hometowns are not easy due to confusing regulations.

People return to Thua Thien - Hue Province through Phu Bai Airport. (Photo: SGGP)

As the 2022 Lunar New Year is coming close, people want to go home and reunite with their families on a warm Tet holiday. However, after a tough year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, most people lost their income. At the same time, the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic remains unpredictable, so there are differences in pandemic prevention in many provinces and cities, making many people wonder whether to return to their hometowns for the Tet holiday or not.

Many concerns

Despite having been away from home for a long time, Ms. Bao Loc, a worker in Binh Thanh District, HCMC, whose hometown is in Quang Ngai Province, said that she did not dare to buy bus or train tickets to return home for the Tet holiday because she had heard that the regulations on Covid-19 prevention in her hometown were extremely strict.

She only has seven days for her homecoming trip. Meanwhile, it is mandatory to have RT-PCR tests in HCMC and Quang Ngai City. She will be under health monitoring at home for seven days, and on the seventh day, she has to do the RT-PCR test again. “It is very complicated and takes a lot of time of my Tet holiday,” she said.

Ms. Dieu, currently living in District 7, is desperately homesick because she has not returned to her hometown in Thai Binh Province for nearly three years. Because her children were under online learning, more than a month ago, she planned to bring her children to her hometown for the Lunar New Year holiday. However, her plan was canceled because this province requested concentrated isolation. Although the regulations have been eased now, she remains hesitant because it requires too much Covid-19 testing.

On the afternoon of January 6, at Mien Dong Bus Station, Vo Thi Ngoc Ha from Thanh Hoa Province was weighing whether to pay more than VND4 million for round-trip bus tickets to her hometown and back to HCMC. According to regulations, passengers must take a Covid-19 test before the day of departure. If they are infected with Covid-19, they will not be allowed to get on the bus. Meanwhile, many bus operators stipulate that passengers must return tickets 24-48 hours prior to departure and lose about 30 percent of the fare. "If you test for Covid-19 a few hours before getting on the bus and get a positive result, it will be considered that the ticket will not be refunded," Ha said.

Nguyen Hoang Son from Binh Dinh Province, currently living in District 10, hesitated to buy a bus ticket to his hometown to celebrate Tet holiday because of the strict bus ticket cancellation policy. He said that a friend of his returned to his hometown to celebrate the New Year. While he was on a passenger bus, he received the news that his family members were contracted with Covid-19. The whole family was isolated, and his friend had no other choice but to return to HCMC immediately. Son was afraid that he would experience the same situation as his friend.

Different regulations on pandemic prevention

SGGP’s reporters have learned that there are differences in the regulations on Covid-19 pandemic prevention and control in some localities.

Binh Thuan Province requires that not only people returning from the orange and red zones but also from the yellow zones must self-monitor their health at home. Mr. Nguyen Minh, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Binh Thuan Province, said that the pandemic prevention regulations follow closely the provincial regulations and Resolution No.128 of the Government. At present, the province still follows Decision No.2780 of the provincial People's Committee issued in October 2021 on safe adaptation, flexible, and effective control of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Quang Ngai Province, Mr. Pham Minh Duc, Deputy Director of Quang Ngai Provincial Department of Health, explained that the RT-PCR test is mandatory for people from some provinces and cities with a high number of Covid-19 cases, such as HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An provinces, and orange and red zones. People who have not been fully vaccinated must be self-quarantined at home or in accommodation for seven days and self-monitor for the next seven days. All the above cases are required to do RT-PCR testing on the first day of arrival in Quang Ngai Province.

However, Mr. Dang Van Minh, Chairman of the People's Committee of Quang Ngai Province, affirms that the province does not force people to take RT-PCR tests when entering the province.


Quang Tri Province issued a confusing regulation, asking people from HCMC and Southern provinces to isolate seven days at home if returning from the yellow zones; at least seven days of concentrated isolation and seven days of home isolation if returning from orange zones; at least 14 days of concentrated isolation and the next 14 days of home isolation if returning from the red zones. Meanwhile, it only requires people who enter the country to be monitored at home for three days for those who have had a full dose of Covid-19 vaccine or recovered from Covid-19 or seven days for people who enter through border gates and have not been vaccinated or have not been fully vaccinated. Mr. Do Van Hung, Director of the Department of Health of Quang Tri Province, explained that the locality follows the official dispatch of the Ministry of Health.

People in Quang Kim Commune in Quang Trach District of Quang Binh Province said that the commune health center stipulates that people, who return to their hometown to celebrate the Tet holiday and have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccines, must also be isolated at home for 14 days, making people frustrated. Mr. Uong Dinh Thai, Deputy Director of Quang Trach District Medical Center, said that in the face of this incident, the center checked and instructed seven-day health monitoring for people who had injected two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, and did not force 14-day home isolation as Quang Kim Commune did.


Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong

More than 140,000 overseas Vietnamese want to return home for Tet

More than 140,000 overseas Vietnamese want to return home for Tet

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, up to over 140,000 overseas Vietnamese have the need to celebrate the upcoming lunar New Year at home.  

Welcoming returning Vietnamese for the Tet holiday

Welcoming returning Vietnamese for the Tet holiday

Deputy Prime Ministers Vu Duc Dam and Pham Binh Minh have encouraged overseas Vietnamese to return to celebrate Tet.


Stormy time for HOSE: network pending, leader disciplined

In 2021, the HCM City Stock Exchange (HOSE) reported a 21-year high profit. However, it was also the year when many problems occurred.

Facebook to register, declare and pay foreign contractor tax in Vietnam

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, on the occasion of the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the National Innovation Center (NIC), made the tax payment commitment.

Prime Minister’s ‘3-in-1’ business trip to the US

The business trip to the US of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has brought important bilateral and multilateral results, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc.

Corporate bond issuance drops sharply after arrest of Tan Hoang Minh chair

After the cancelation of nine corporate bond issuances of three companies related to Tan Hoang Minh, the volume of private offerings fell sharply by 33 percent to VND30 trillion in April.

Why the stock market sell-off when VN’s economy is strong?

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index sold off 11 per cent last week and was down 21 per cent in the year to date at the end of last week after being nearly flat until March end.

Two Vietnamese beauties among Top 50 of Miss Grand Slam 2021

Miss Grand Slam, Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International, Nguyen Huynh Kim Duyen, Top 16 finish in Miss Universe

Vietnamese banks expected to get better credit ratings

Ratings of Vietnamese banks are expected to be continually improved thanks to Vietnam’s positive sovereign credit rating.

Vingroup completes issuing international bonds worth US$525 million

Vingroup Joint Stock Company (Vingroup) has completed its bond issuance on the international market with a total value of US$525 million, according to details given by the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX).

Deputy Finance Minister Nguyen Duc Chi takes charge of State Securities Commission

Minister of Finance Ho Duc Phoc had assigned Deputy Finance Minister Nguyen Duc Chi to directly take the charge of the State Securities Commission (SSC) from May 19.

Hanoi approves more than 1 billion USD for Ring Road No. 4 project

The Hanoi People's Council for the term 2021 - 2026 on May 20 agreed to spend 23.5 trillion VND (over 1 billion USD) from the city budget for the Ring Road No. 4 project.

Gov't may recall unused funds for public investment projects

Undisbursed funds for public investment projects could be recalled if local governments failed to implement the projects for an extended period of time,


CPTPP helps leverage Vietnam-Australia investment cooperation

FDI quality in need of fresh policy boost

Despite good performance in foreign investment attraction over the past year, the number of high-tech projects from developed countries investing in Vietnam is modest as compared to the incentives set forth.


Singapore parliament speaker wraps up visit to Vietnam

HCM City to launch Saigon River cruise

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism is planning to launch a three-hour cruise tour along the Saigon River that is expected to be among key tourism products in the area this year.