By Thanh An – Translated by Kim Khanh
Guam quarantine requirements
The Hanoi People’s Committee has issued Official Letter on the discontinuation of quarantine for people certified by the competent authority as having undergone medical isolation.
The Hanoi city government has required all people on entry to Vietnam to undergo quarantine for at least 14 days and health supervision for an additional 14 days to ensure no infection in the community, Kinhtedothi.vn reported.
On May 28, the Hanoi People’s Committee issued Official Letter on the discontinuation of quarantine for people certified by the competent authority as having undergone medical isolation.
|Hanoi enforces a mandatory 14-day quarantine and additional 14-day supervision for all arrivals. Photo: Kinhtedothi.vn|
As per the Official Letter, the People’s Committees of districts and towns are in charge of asking enterprises that employ foreigners take preventive measures against Covid-19 .
The compulsory measures are still in place, including wearing of face masks in public places, outdoors and on public transports, regularly hand wash with soap or antiseptic solution.
On April 8, Hanoi requested strict quarantine on foreigners. Accordingly, foreigners entering Vietnam are subject to mandatory medical declaration, safety screening measures and have to undergo quarantine. Foreigners showing signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath will immediately be taken to medical facilities for isolation and treatment.
This is in line with the Vietnamese government’s requirement that all Vietnamese nationals and foreigners entering Vietnam undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine from March 18. The country has earlier suspended visa issuance to foreign nationals.
Foreigners who are experts, business executives, high-tech experts bearing papers certifying they are negative for Covid-19 issued by competent authorities of the country of origin and approved by Vietnam will be allowed entry and must be strictly isolated. These cases may undergo concentrated quarantine at indicated hotels in Hanoi city if they are willing to pay for all expenses.
Foreigners in possession of diplomatic or official passports, if they are in good health, show no signs of illness and their health condition is guaranteed by their diplomatic missions may be quarantined at the missions or at their residences for 14 days after entering Vietnam.
Foreigners who are under quarantine at concentrated centers, home, or residences and have tested negative will be isolated for another 14 days in accordance with regulations.
As of late June 2, Vietnam has reported 328 people positive with the coronavirus, of them 298 have recovered and been discharged from hospital.
Until now foreign diplomats and experts are subject to self-isolation at home or indicated hotels when entering Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has proposed the government apply quarantine measures to all entrants who are holders of diplomatic and official passports, and experts even though they possess certificates affirming they are negative with the novel coronavirus.
|Diplomatic passport holders would be subject to quarantine in Vietnam|
Special cases need to get approval from the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Transport.
The proposal was made by Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long at a government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Phap luat Thanh pho Ho Chinh Minh and Hai Quan newspapers reported. Details of the quarantine were not mentioned.
At present foreign diplomats and experts are not required to undergo mass quarantine but conduct self-isolation at home or indicated hotels during 14 days after their arrival in Vietnam, with supervision by their missions and organizations.
Deputy Minister Long also proposed the Ministry of Transport inform international airlines to operate empty flights to Vietnam and take foreign citizens back, except for special cases.
He proposed PM Phuc lengthen the national isolation period by 15 days, until the end of April to take full advantage of social distancing and contain the spread of the virus.
(Hanoitimes clarifies sources of information and the existing quarantine requirement for foreign diplomats and experts in the fourth paragraph).
Hanoi (VNA) – The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on May 5 sent an urgent dispatch requiring the strict implementation of concentrated quarantine regulations and post-quarantine management.
Under the document, the steering committee requests strict management over those entering Vietnam, as well as tighter inspection of concentrated quarantine along with strict punishment of organisations and individuals violating regulations on concentrated quarantine and quarantine at home and place of residency.
Chairpersons of the People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities are asked to direct the implementation of concentrated quarantine for at least 14 days followed by home quarantine for the next 14 days for everyone entering the country.
The committee required checking infrastructure at concentrated quarantine facilities to ensure the strict monitoring of quarantined people. Localities must improve the handover, transport and reception of those who complete their quarantine period at concentrated facilities back to their places of residence.
People who return from concentrated quarantine facilities should make daily health declarations for local medical workers. If showing signs of fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, tiredness and loss of taste, they are advised to move to the closest health clinic for timely guidance.
They are not allowed to leave their houses or places of residence. In cases they need to go out for work or other necessary purposes, they are required to report to local police and medical staffs and strictly follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message: khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering), and khai bao y te (health declaration).
In addition, COVID-19 testing should be conducted on the seventh day since the concentrated quarantine period ends, said the urgent dispatch.
The Ministry of National Defence is requested to direct army-managed concentrated quarantine establishments to seriously follow disease prevention and control measures, while the Ministry of Public Security is asked to direct local police forces to coordinate with medical agencies to manage the health monitoring at home and place of residency for those entering Vietnam./.
The violations of quarantine rules have caused the fresh outbreak of coronavirus in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on May 4 asked health authorities nationwide to extend the mandatory quarantine period after dozens of Covid-19 cases are infected from those who finished the isolation.
|A pandemic-hit area in Hanoi. Photo: Dan Tri|
The new regulation will be applied from May 4 until further notice.
Directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Preventive Medicine Departments in cities and provinces are required to suspend the discharge of people who completed the two-week quarantine even though they are tested negative for the virus.
The new move follows the resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 on April 29 in which three persons, including an Indian expert, a Vietnamese national and a Chinese expert, who completed the compulsory quarantine have infected nearly 30 others.
Vietnam has imposed the mandatory 14-day quarantine and required the next 14-day self-isolation with medical supervision at home by health authorities.
Dr Tran Van Phuc at Saint Paul Hospital in Hanoi said the 14-day quarantine is suitable as the majority of Covid-19 patients have a median time of five days from exposure to symptoms onset, only 10% have the incubation period longer but less than 14 days, and just few having the incubation of 21 days.
The resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 has forced Vietnam to activate the Covid-19 alert system, requiring all stakeholders to the fight against the pandemic.
At present, Vietnam is quarantining nearly 40,000 people who are Vietnamese returnees, foreign diplomats, experts, and high-skilled workers.
In addition to Vietnam, those from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the U.K., Latvia, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Thailand, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Estonia, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are also eligible for entry under the new ruling, set to take effect May 15.
From December last year, all passengers six years old and above were required to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test result obtained within the last 72 hours prior to departure for Turkey. All passengers arriving into Turkey need to wear a mask on the plane and in the airport at all times.
Vietnamese tourists to Turkey are not required to be quarantined but those arriving in Vietnam from all countries and territories including Turkey must be sent to centralized quarantine facilities as per Health Ministry protocol.
The health ministry on Tuesday said individuals who have completed the mandated 14-day quarantine and tested negative twice after entering Vietnam will not be released immediately. This rule will apply starting Tuesday after several individuals contracted the virus after they had already completed the 14-day quarantine and tested negative twice. The ministry, however, did not specify the duration of extension at centralized quarantine facilities.
Turkey has recorded 4.9 million infections and 41,191 deaths so far while Vietnam has been dealing with a surge in community transmissions since April 29 after more than a month. Thirty-six new domestic cases have been confirmed by Vietnam’s Health Ministry since last Thursday.
The Vietnamese government closed national borders and canceled all international flights on March 25, 2020. It has since allowed in only Vietnamese repatriates and foreign experts and highly-skilled workers.