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S.Korea, Vietnam to allow short-term entry without mandatory quarantine in early 2021

Prioritized groups of experts, investors and businesspeople from South Korea or Vietnam entering either one of the two countries on short-term visits will not have to undergo concentrated quarantine from January 1 next year, 

Vietnam, RoK agree on quarantine-free protocol for short-term entries

Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have mutually agreed to implement an expedited arrival procedure which will allow certain groups involved in short-term visits between the two sides 

Mekong countries, RoK agree to lift relations to strategic partnership

Mekong countries and the Republic of Korea (RoK) on November 13 agreed to lift bilateral relations to a strategic partnership.

RoK officially opens Consulate General in Da Nang

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea (RoK) was officially opened in central Da Nang city on November 6.

Vietnam-RoK NA leaders meet in Hanoi

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Speaker of the NA of the Republic of Korea Park Byeong-seug in Hanoi on November 2, expressing the willingness to work with the RoK side to foster the countries’ strategic cooperative partnership.

Official: Upcoming Vietnam visit by Korean NA Speaker reflects close bonds

Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre Lee Hyuk has highlighted the significance of the upcoming visit to Vietnam by Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Park Byeong-seug, from October 31 to November 4.

RoK National Assembly Speaker to pay official visit to Vietnam

Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Park Byeong-seug and his spouse will pay an official visit to Vietnam from October 31 to November 4.

Vietnamese football welcomes new goalkeeper coach

Kim Hyun-tae from the Republic of Korea (RoK) will take up the position of goalkeeper coach with Vietnam’s young national football teams, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) revealed on October 23.

Vietnamese workers in South Korea to lose deposits over contract violations

More than 1,400 Vietnamese guest workers in South Korea are set to lose their deposit of VND100 million (US$4,239) each due to fleeing from their workplace or attempting to illegally stay in the country.

Over 1,700 Vietnamese workers illegally remain in South Korea

As many as 1,750 Vietnamese workers are illegally staying in South Korea after the expiry of their labour contracts, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

RoK’s foreign minister proposes more commercial flights be resumed with VN

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on September 18 proposed pushing ahead with the resumption of visits by leaders of Vietnam and the Republic of Korea and effectively maintaining dialogues in flexible forms.

PM Phuc meets RoK’s FM and ADB Vietnam chief

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the Republic of Korea (RoK) to reduce, remove binding conditions for official development assistance loans, concessional loans, and expand non-refundable aid to Vietnam.

More opportunities for Vietnamese to work seasonally in South Korea

The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has sent letters to city and provincial People’s Committees to guide signing and implementing agreements with South Korean localities on sending Vietnamese workers there for seasonal work.

Korean man arrested for swindling $3.5 million from investors

The HCM City People’s Procuracy announced on August 11 that it has approved decisions on commencing criminal proceedings against and arresting a Korean man and a Vietnamese woman on charges of “swindling to appropriate assets.”

K-pop Cover Video Contest 2020 to be launched in Vietnam

The Korean Cultural Centre in Vietnam will launch the K-pop Cover Video Contest 2020, an online competition, to promote cultural exchanges between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea.


S Korean violist releases music video featuring Vietnam’s scenery

HCM City-based South Korean violist Jmi Ko has recently released a music video online after its premiere was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to spread optimism during the virus outbreak.

Nikkei Asian Review: Samsung Electronics looks to shift production to VN

Samsung Electronics will end personal computer production in China as it looks to shift production to Viet Nam to cut costs and remain competitive in the PC business, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. 

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosts Korean investors in Vietnam

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception on July 29 in Hanoi for groups and businesses from the Republic of Korea (RoK) that are investing in Vietnam.


Coronavirus: South Korea in recession as exports at 57-year low

It joins a growing list of trade-reliant countries that have seen their economies slump.

RoK to grant 90 scholarships for training of ASEAN talents

The Government of the Republic of Korea (RoK) will provide a total of 90 doctoral scholarships for candidates from ASEAN countries to study at six prestigious Korean universities over the next five years.