Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said that any act of discrimination against foreign tourists would be strictly punished.
Foreign tourists walking around the Hoàn Kiếm Lake in Hà Nội.
The order came on Wednesday following media reports of service establishments across the country refusing service to foreign nationals, even showing signs of discrimination against them over coronavirus transmission fears.
The incidents seem to have increased as recent positive cases in Việt Nam were mostly imported from Europe, where the WHO has declared the new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic as the outbreak in China has waned.
To maintain the image of Việt Nam as a friendly, hospitable, and safe destination, the Government leader asked that People’s Committees of all localities take stock of all foreign visitors in their area and direct tourist destinations to closely follow the Law on Tourism on committing no discrimination against foreign tourists.
Complex cases that go beyond their authority must be immediately reported to higher authorities to be settled.
The Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to direct localities in the implementation of prevention and combating COVID-19 in line with health authorities’ instructions, and put in place measures to support foreign tourists to protect their safety.
The foreign ministry is tasked with devising guidelines and scenarios to avoid regretful incidents and working with countries’ embassies in Việt Nam in dealing with any incident to maintain the image of the country. — VNS
Many foreign travelers visiting relic sites around Hanoi are not wearing face masks amid the increasingly complicated developments surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
Despite new regulations coming into force on March 16 making it mandatory for all people to wear face masks in public, many foreign visitors could still be spotted not wearing face masks when strolling along the streets of Hue.
Following the passing of recent legislation, all Vietnamese citizens and foreigners are now required to wear face masks when in public as of March 16, with the majority of people around the capital following the new rules.