Given the complicated situation of COVID-19 around the world, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Epidemic Prevention and Control, on March 8 proposed to suspend visa exemption for people from European Union countries.
Vietnam has confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19 over the last three days, including 10 on March 8, not to mention a much larger number of suspected cases being quarantined.
Experts at the meeting on March 8 discussed criteria for temporary suspension of the regulation of visa-free entry to Vietnam for countries with more than 500 COVID-19 patients or countries with 50 new cases or more detected per day.
For old-aged people with illnesses, functional forces will consider each case of old-aged persons with illnesses before permitting their entry to the country.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam advised citizens to minimize travel to European countries, including those with a single COVID-19 case.
Since March 7, Vietnam has requested all people entering the country to make their health declarations on paper or electronic basis. The Steering Committee called on the entire population to declare their health conditions to detect cases relating to the disease. People with false declarations on entry to Vietnam that cause serious consequences will be prosecuted according to the Law on Epidemic Control and other relevant regulations of Vietnam.
The Deputy Prime Minister asked all Vietnamese people to join the authorities in the fight against the epidemic for the sake of their health, their families and the community as a whole.By Duy Tien