By Thanh An – Translated by Anh Quan
Tightened border control
According to the provincial Border Guard Command, the unit has coordinated with military, security, and health forces to maintain 24 checkpoints and conducted patrols at the border gates and along trails and shortcuts.
Also, border guard units in the province worked with local authorities to promote information dissemination about COVID-19 prevention and control.
At the working session, Colonel Cuong acknowledged the achievements and efforts of the provincial border guard troops in fulfilling their assigned missions and making recommendations for leaders to devise effective measures against COVID-19.
He also urged them to continue working with relevant forces to accomplish dual tasks; to encourage local people in border areas to strictly execute the policies and laws of the Party and State, as well as take care of troops.
Translated by Song Anh
Standing Deputy Secretary of Da Nang municipal Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Luong Minh Triet praised Da Nang city’s border guard force while visiting the municipal Border Guard Command on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the foundation day of the border guard force (March 3) and the 32nd anniversary of the All People’s Border Day.
He also highlighted the municipal border troops’ contributions to protecting security in border areas as well as their efforts in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic over the past time.
On the occasion of the important day of the border guard force, Triet extended his best wishes to the city’s border guards and hoped that the municipal border guard command will promote its positive results and overcome all challenges to fulfil its assigned missions, contributing to socio-development and defense and security consolidation in the city.
According to Commander of the Da Nang municipal Border Guard Command Senior Colonel Ton Quoc Khanh, the local border guard force together with local agencies and forces will effectively combat crimes, make contributions to socio-economic development, respond to natural disasters, conduct search and rescue, and control the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming time.
Translated by Tran Hoai
The Hanoitimes – Both Australia and New Zealand are easing restrictions except border controls.
Vietnam on June 2 repatriated 344 citizens from Australia and New Zealand, the first repatriation flight from those two countries amid strict travel rules there due to coronavirus.
|Passengers on the flight. Photo: Vietnam Airlines|
The flight by national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines picked up passengers in Sydney and Auckland and landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
The passengers are those of priority like children under 18, the elderly, those with pre-existing diseases, pregnant women, workers having expired visa, student without dormitories, and stranded visitors.
|All passengers required to wear personal protection equipment. Photo: Vietnam Airlines|
Australia has become one of the main destinations for Vietnamese students and visitors.
Due to rising coronavirus infections, Australia has limited travel options. It is up to each state and territory to decide when and how far they will relax restrictions.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s government will consider a move to lift all Covid-19 restrictions except border controls.
As of June 2, Australia reported 7,221 coronavirus cases while New Zealand has 1,504 infections.
Under the request by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnamese diplomatic missions abroad and Vietnam Airlines continue to bring citizens home depending on the citizens’ demand, the pandemic evolution, and the country’s quarantine capacity.
So far, the country has repatriated more than 5,000 citizens from different parts of the world.
Until now, Vietnam has not allowed international flights and keeps borders closed to foreign visitors, except for diplomatic staff, skilled workers, and experts.
The Hanoitimes – The government also revealed a list of border gates and airports that will allow the entry of e-visa holders.
The Vietnamese government has made public a list of 80 countries whose citizens are eligible for e-visa to enter Vietnam as well as a list of international border gates that allow the entry of e-visa holders from July 1.
|Noi Bai International Airport prepares to welcome a number of foreign visitors once the regulation on issuing e-visa takes effect into July 1. Photo: Vietnam News|
The new regulation, Resolution No.79/NQ-CP, was issued by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in line with the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam.
Nationals of Austria, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, the UAE, Germany, India, South Korea, the US, Italy, Finland, France, China, Brazil, Canada, Russia, the UK, Japan, Spain, among others, are allowed to enter Vietnam if granted e-visas.
E-visas procedures are carried out at eight international airports, 16 international land border crossings and 13 sea ports across the country.
Eight airports that accept e-visas are Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Cat Bi, Can Tho, Phu Quoc and Phu Bai.
Sixteen land border crossings processing e-visas are Tay Trang (Dien Bien province), Mong Cai (Quang Ninh province), Huu Nghi (Lang Son province), Lao Cai (Lao Cai province); Na Meo (Thanh Hoa province), Nam Can (Nghe An province), Cau Treo (Ha Tinh province), Cha Lo (Quang Binh province), La Lay, Lao Bao (Quang Tri province), Bo Y (Kon Tum), Moc Bai, Xa Mat (Tay Ninh province), Tinh Bien, Song Tien (An Giang province), and Ha Tien (Kien Giang province).
Thirteen seaports that accept e-visas are Hon Gai, Cam Pha in Quang Ninh province, Hai Phong, Nghi Son in Thanh Hoa province, Vung Ang in Ha Tinh province, Chan May in Thua Thien-Hue province, Da Nang, Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province, Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh province, Dung Quat in Quang Ngai province, Vung Tau in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, Ho Chi Minh City, Duong Dong in Kien Giang province.
The e-visa granting program for travelers from 40 countries was launched on February 1, 2017 and was piloted for two years.
The pilot scheme did not require foreigners to be sponsored or invited by organizations or individuals in Vietnam to be eligible for the e-visas as long as they have valid passports and are citizens of one of the 40 listed countries.
Foreigners are not required to show up at diplomatic missions of Vietnam in their countries, get interviewed or scan their fingers to apply for e-visas.
|Foreign citizens from 80 countries will be allowed to enter Vietnam using e-visa. Photo: Tienphong Online.|
Until now, Vietnam has suspended entry for all foreign citizens to prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic. Only Vietnamese citizens, foreigners on diplomatic and official business, and highly-skilled laborers are allowed to enter the country. Everyone entering the country must comply with medical checks and the compulsory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
Due to Covid-19, all foreigners who entered Vietnam after March 1 on visa exemptions, e-visas or tourism visas will be given automatic stay extensions at no charge until June 30.
“After June 30, if the situation of the pandemic does not improve or the transportation and healthcare policies of other countries remains unchanged, we will continue to propose to extend validity period of the policy,” Senior Colonel Dang Tuan Viet from the Immigration Department told Vietnam News.
Vice director of Hà Nội’s Agriculture and Rural Development Tạ Văn Tường talks to Hà Nội Mới (New Hà Nội) newspaper about food safety management amid the COVID-19 pandemic
What has been done in Hà Nội to control the quality of food and particularly farming products to ensure food safety for consumers during special contexts like the COVID-19 pandemic?
Ensuring food safety is the responsibility of sectors and localities including the agriculture sector. To control the quality of food and particularly farming products from farms to markets, Hà Nội’s agriculture sector has been tightening control food quality with a focus on fresh products.
Last year, the agriculture department examined more than 6,000 samples of farming products for tests and found 335 of them failed to meet food safety regulations. As a result, up to 25 tonnes of unsafe food was ruined.
Besides, agencies under the department implemented programmes to support agricultural production and expand safe food supply chains. Hà Nội has concentrated cultivation areas that meet food safety regulations including more than 5,000ha of safe vegetables, over 1,300ha of fruits and teas, 182ha of aquaculture products and 88 pig farms that apply VietGAP standards.
Organic agriculture production is carried out on nearly 40ha. The city also has 164 high-tech agriculture production models and 141 food safety supply chains with nearly 9,500 products included in origin traceability systems.
What difficulties do you have in managing food safety in the city?
Hà Nội’s agriculture production areas have not applied standard productions like VietGAP, ISO or GlobalGAP, resulting in uncertificated quality of the farming products and a modest rate of products’ origin traceability. Many agriculture products are not processed, labelled or uncertificated, which results in unstable prices. There are 17,598 farming units in the city but most of them operate on a small scale and are located in residential areas. The delay in slaughterhouse planning also causes difficulties in controlling food quality, particularly in the processing stage.
What will you do to control food quality from farms to table this year?
We are implementing synchronised measures to boost production and consumption as well as developing food safety production areas. By the end of this year, we hope to increase the number of safe food supply chains by 20 per cent.
Agriculture agencies will also tighten inspections and post-inspection over farming producing and trading units and strictly crack down upon violations relating to food safety.
The agencies will work with local authorities to implement measures to reduce small-sized slaughterhouses and those failing to meet hygienic or animal health regulations.
We will also try to better manage the production, trade and use of plant protection products, medicines for animals, fertiliser and animal feeds.
We will continue developing farming products’ origin traceability system and publish relevant information at hn.check.net.vn . We will pay more attention to managing and supporting online trade for safe farming products.
The agriculture department plans to boost communication and information campaigns, calling on organisation and individuals to ensure food safety and public health. VNS