Vietnam not open to international tourists yet: PM

Vietnam will not open its borders for international tourists anytime soon to avoid a resurgence of the coronavirus, the Government leader has said.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at Wednesday cabinet meeting. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed the importance of staying on “high alert” as he was addressing a cabinet on Wednesday evening on COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

With stringent border closures enacted since late March, Vietnam has by now virtually eradicated the coronavirus outbreak within its borders as the country has gone 70 days without any new community infections, with the occasional spike in new imported cases on repatriation flights to bring Vietnamese overseas home.

PM Phuc said that to realise the dual goals of safeguarding public health and promoting economic development post-COVID-19, the Government has already allowed for a “limited” open border for foreign investors and experts to enter Viet Nam and for Vietnamese labourers to go work overseas where possible.

Strict COVID-19 prevention and control protocol, including mandatory quarantine, are needed to prevent the virus from spreading to the community, he said.

However, foreign investors and experts might be subject to more flexible quarantine policies, including shortened stay and expedited paperwork, he suggested, adding that the frequency of special flights bringing investors and experts to Viet Nam should increase.

“The Government has not allowed the entry of international tourists into Viet Nam. This has been the consistent stance from the Government and I ask that all sectors, agencies and local governments to stay on high alert to protect the health of the people,” PM Phuc said, adding that we should not be impatient and complacent as all the achievements made so far in combating the pandemic could be “wiped out.”

He didn’t rule out the possibility of resuming international commercial flights but the timing must be “seriously deliberated” to avoid reintroducing the virus into the country.

 

During a cabinet meeting earlier this month, PM Phuc tasked the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control with rounding up a list of “safe destinations” – meaning the locations must not have reported any community transmission in the last 30 days – to consider reopening flights to, with quarantine protocols still applied for all arrivals.

During the meeting on Wednesday, he noted the pandemic situation in those locations must be closely monitored so flights could be stopped when the situation is deemed to have got out of control.

PM Phuc asked that authorities keep up the good work and be ready to deploy fast contact-tracing measures if a new case is discovered, and Government-run quarantine sites must also always stand ready.

Masks are required in public and crowded places, PM Phuc said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the meeting said that since April 15, in co-ordination with authorities in Vietnam and overseas, 33 repatriation flights have been conducted to bring 8,000 Vietnamese citizens back from 42 countries and territories.

More such flights are being planned in the next two months to respond to demands of more than 35,000 Vietnamese stranded overseas wishing to return, the ministry said.

PM Phuc agreed that for the time being, authorities should facilitate the return of 14,000 Vietnamese on repatriation commercial flights, with priority given to the elderly, children under 18 years old, the sick, workers whose labour contracts have expired and students who have finished their studies or cannot find accommodation.

During the meeting, the PM also asked the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the State Bank of Vietnam to expedite the implementation the Government's aid packages for those seriously affected by COVID-19. — VNS

 
 

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