Updates on Vietnam Visa policy and tourism activities

COVID-19 updates in Vietnam Updating

September 24, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Ho CHi Minh City received over 666,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Ministry of Health on Thursday night to provide the second shots to citizens

The plan to reopen Phu Quoc Island to international visitors in October is now in doubt after a coronavirus outbreak has beeen recorded there in recent times.

Vietnam government to buy 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from China.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has proposed the Covax facility to "quickly give as many Covid-19 vaccines as possible" to Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City is developing eleven strategies on healthcare, social welfare, business production, and more in preparation for a ‘new normal’ when COVID-19 is put under control in the southern city.

September 22, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam Airlines ready for US direct route. The national flag carrier is set to receive its final permit from U.S. authorities to conduct regular direct flights to the U.S. after nearly two decades of preparation.

Bamboo Airways had also received a permit to fly 12 charter flights to the U.S. from this month to November.

Vietnam signs deals to buy 10 million doses of Cuban-made COVID-19 vaccine.

Hanoi resumes various services, including barbershops, after putting COVID-19 under control.

HCMC considers ‘green pass’ for partially vaccinated residents.

Residents of Tan Phong and Tan Phu Wards in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City took part in physical activities at local parks for the first time in months on Tuesday afternoon as local authorities began piloting another step to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

September 20, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research on Saturday approved the mid-term evaluation report of the third phase of clinical trials for Vietnam's homegrown Nano Covax COVID-19 vaccine.

The central city of Da Nang recorded no local infection for the first time in 70 days on Saturday even though authorities had been conducting mass testing over the past days, according to the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

The Ministry of Health has required authorities in virus-hit provinces and cities to conduct rapid COVID-19 testing on managers and merchants at wholesale markets every week to prevent serious outbreaks.

A Singaporean investor has donated medical equipment and supplies worth SG$1 billion (US$741,000) to the southern province of Binh Duong to support local pandemic prevention and control efforts.

September 17, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has launched a draft three-phase plan to resume local flight routes after two weeks of ticket sale suspension amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has allowed residents to go out for exercising within the premises of their apartment or housing complexes located in safe areas.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi has permitted restaurants in 19 out of its 30 districts and towns to offer takeout service and close before 9:00 pm every day, starting at 12:00 pm on Thursday.

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has allowed shops that sell office supplies, books and other study materials, garages, facilities that offer maintenance and repair services for building projects, provide machinery, equipment, and spare parts, and veterinary facilities to reopen from Thursday.

September 15, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International

Ho Chi Minh City is expected to extend the ongoing social distancing period to the end of this month, chairman Phan Van Mai said during a meeting on Monday.

Authorities in the southern province of Long An have allowed fully vaccinated residents to pass COVID-19 checkpoints in areas where relaxed social distancing measures are applied.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has asked the Ministry of Health for permission to shorten the interval between two doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to six weeks, compared with the recommended pause from eight to 12 weeks, in order to expedite inoculation.

At least one homegrown COVID-19 vaccine will be approved for emergency use by the end of this year, the Vietnam News Agency quoted Nguyen Ngo Quang, deputy director of the Department of Science, Technology, and Training under the Ministry of Health as saying on Tuesday.

Vietnam has received 1,484,060 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses from France and Italy via Covax on Tuesday.

Japan to donate 1.3 mln more vaccine doses to Vietnam, Asian neighbors.

Hanoi is considering easing social distancing requirements after September 15 and 21, depending on risk classifications of different areas.

September 13, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International

Ho Chi Minh City had administered 7,535,598 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, with 847,698 people aged above 65 and having chronic illness receiving the jabs.

China will provide Vietnam with an additional three million doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, bringing total donations to the Southeast Asian country to 5.7 million

Belgium gifts Vietnam 100,000 AstraZeneca doses

Da Nang has lifted the embargo on in-person services of textbook stores, plus car, electricity, and plumbing repair shops as the coronavirus spread in the coastal city was principally put under control.

Ho Chi Minh City will provide coronavirus vaccination for all foreign nationals in the city, with registration to be completed before September 15.

Vietnam plans to reopen domestic flights, classify airports by social-distancing level.

Ho Chi Minh City plans to pilot vaccine travel passes in three stages of economic reopening.

September 8, 2021

Pursuant to Resolution No. 63/NQ-CP dated June 29, 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism released the "Plan to implement policies to stimulate demand and restore tourism and travel activities". Accordingly, the Vietnamese government is expected to allow the pilot project to open Phu Quoc Island to international visitors with vaccine passports. Prepare to gradually expand to destinations across the country on that basis. However, the government has yet to announce an exact date for when it would open.

Vietnam Airlines trials international vaccine passport On September 2, Vietnam Airlines trials international vaccine passport on Europe flight. Eighteen passengers boarded a Vietnam Airlines flight from Hanoi to London with a digital air travel pass that incorporates their Covid test results and vaccine certificates. After arriving at the Airport, all passengers will be transported to the hotel to undergo a seven-day quarantine instead of the usual 14 days.

Vietnam welcomes first int'l flight under vaccine passport policy. All passengers on the flight that landed at the Van Don Airport had already received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with the second dose administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months prior to the date of entry. They also furnished proof of negative Covid tests using RT-PCR method validated by authorities in the host country 72 hours before departure. After arriving at the Van Don Airport, all passengers were transported to the Novotel Ha Long Hotel to undergo a seven-day quarantine instead of the usual 14 days.

Vietnam is expected to receive more than 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in September, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said during a regular government meeting on Monday.

September 6, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam welcomes first int'l flight under vaccine passport policy. A flight with 297 Vietnamese passengers that arrived from Japan Saturday has become the first to enjoy the shortened seven-day quarantine policy under a trial vaccine passport program.

The government has approved pilot implementation of a vaccine passport program in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to the nation’s first private airport. Vaccinated or recovered entrants will be quarantined for seven days upon arrival.

Vietnam has begun piloting its new quarantine regulation for international arrivals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the landing of nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens from Japan.

The German government has decided to gift Vietnam around 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to assist the Southeast Asian country in its fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Authorities in Hanoi have required motorbike-based delivery services to only send out packages from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm every day amid worries about COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City Party Secretary Nguyen Van Nen has requested the local steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control to prepare a new pandemic response strategy for Cu Chi District and District 7 after September 15. The two districts recently announced that the local pandemic situation had been put under control.

Japan would provide Vietnam an additional batch of AstraZeneca vaccine doses, expected to arrive Sept. 9

September 4, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Ho Chi Minh City districts announce initial control over COVID-19 outbreak. Cu Chi District and District 7 claimed to have kept the virus at bay.

The administration of Da Nang City in central Vietnam has allowed restaurants and food joints in the green zones to receive online orders from Sunday, provided they follow a new list of social distancing regulations set out by local authorities.

Vietnam has received about 29.5 million COVID-19 vaccine shots to date, giving around 20.5 million doses, including 302,074 shots on Thursday, since inoculation was rolled out on March 8. Almost 2.9 million people have been fully vaccinated.

Hanoi will continue to impose strict lockdown in 10 districts and partly impose it in five others which are considered high-risk for 15 days starting September 6.

September 1, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Ho Chi Minh City plans to provide COVID-19 vaccination to all adults within September.

The Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board has proposed piloting a type of travel pass for people who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, as well as those who have tested negative for the coronavirus to travel countrywide.

Hanoi authorities have put a field hospital for critical COVID-19 patients with more than 500 beds into operation in Hoang Mai District after over one month of construction.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has proposed the municipal People’s Committee vaccinate over 642,000 students from 12 to 18 years old against COVID-19 before the end of the first semester of the 2021-22 school year so that they can resume in-person learning in the second semester.

Indian naval ship Airavat arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday to deliver coronavirus relief aid including 300 oxygen concentrators and 100 metric tons of liquid medical oxygen.

August 30, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Da Nang district begins trial use of drones to monitor residents during COVID-19 pandemic.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have allowed delivery workers to resume operation in districts at high risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The Italian government has decided to aid Vietnam with 801,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to help the Southeast Asian country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The donated jabs are expected to be delivered to Vietnam in early September.

HCMC residents await second Covid-19 vaccine shots. With around 6 million having received their first shots, several HCMC districts say they are awaiting the distribution of second Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Representatives of overseas Vietnamese associations expressed their wishes at a virtual meeting on Friday afternoon that the government will soon have appropriate regulations to allow vaccinated Vietnamese to return to the country, especially by reopening flights between Vietnam and countries with a large community of Vietnamese expatriates.

August 28, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News: Da Nang reopens wet markets following shutdown under stay-at-home order.

The Ministry of Health confirmed more than 17,000 domestic COVID-19 infections on Friday, together with over 10,000 recoveries and 386 deaths.

About 770,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses arrived in Vietnam on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health. This is part of the 31 million shots the country bought from the producers. Around 2.2 million vaccine shots from various sources are expected to land in Vietnam on Thursday and Friday.

Ho Chi Minh City has administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 76 percent of people aged above 18 and fully vaccinated 3.1 percent of its population, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam said at a press conference on Wednesday.

August 26, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News: Hanoi has made it compulsory for residents in locked down areas to undergo Covid-19 testing. Those who refuse will be taken to quarantine camps.

Commuters without valid travel documents turned back during Saigon’s shelter-in-place mandate

The United States will provide Vietnam with an additional one million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Vice President Kamala Harris announced during her meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in Hanoi on Wednesday.

Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) officially handed over a batch of 1,209,400 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine under a purchase contract of 30 million doses between VNVC and AstraZeneca PLC to the Ministry of Health.

August 25, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News: The number of new coronavirus infections detected in the community was 3,977, accounting for over 84 percent of the total 4,610 cases recorded in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, according to the city’s COVID-19 portal.

The COVID-19 Resuscitation Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City began using three robots to treat patients remotely, delivering medicine and allowing medical workers to communicate with them without close contact.

The Ministry of National Defense on Monday received 200,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine gifted by its Chinese counterpart.

August 23, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News: The Ministry of Health documented over 11,000 domestic coronavirus cases on Sunday, along with more than 7,500 recoveries and 700 deaths.

More than 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as a donation from Poland arrived in Hanoi on Saturday, health authorities reported.

The military will deliver food supplies to Ho Chi Minh City residents for the next two weeks, during which local residents are prohibited from leaving homes, heard a municipal meeting on pandemic prevention and control on Friday.

August 21, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The Ho Chi Minh City administration has requested relevant authorities to provide favorable conditions for passengers with international flight tickets so they can make a smooth trip to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Ho Chi Minh City approves plan to vaccinate foreigners against COVID-19.

Over 1.2 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrived in Vietnam on Thursday, the Ministry of Health said the same day. The country has received about 24 million vaccine shots so far, 16 million of which have been administered since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.

August 19, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam's State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh have asked the European Union to donate and transfer more COVID-19 vaccine doses to help the Southeast Asian country fight the serious pandemic.

Vietnam's State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh have asked the European Union to donate and transfer more COVID-19 vaccine doses to help the Southeast Asian country fight the serious pandemic.

The People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has requested functional forces at COVID-19 checkpoints across the city to create favorable conditions for commuters who have international air tickets to travel to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Vietnamese in Europe call 'vaccine passport' key to normalcy. They believes the "vaccine passport" scheme in France and many other countries would be key to unlocking a normal life amid the pandemic.

August 18, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The number of COVID-19 patients discovered in the community has been higher than that detected in isolated areas in Ho Chi Minh City over the past days.

Poland to transfer COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam.

The Ministry of Health on Monday directed Vietnam Vaccine JSC to allocate 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities to assist pandemic response efforts.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will create favorable conditions for people to return to their hometowns in a safe and orderly manner if officials in corresponding localities can draw up specific repatriation plans.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has allowed southern provinces and cities to freely decide on the extension of their social distancing drives depending on the pandemic situation in each locality.

Dong Nai plans mass testing of residents after a massive surge in Covid cases.

August 16, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday have decided to extend the social distancing measures under the municipal People's Committee's directive No.16 as the pandemic situation is still very complicated.

Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province in southern Vietnam will continue to apply social distancing measures under the municipal People's Committee's directive No. 16 from 0:00 on Monday as an effort to contain the surging COVID-19 cases.

Factories seek speedy vaccination of workers to ease stay-at-work burdens.

Police prevent people leaving Ho Chi Minh City amid COVID-19 movement restrictions.

A shipment of one million Sinopharm vaccine shots arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. This is part of the five million doses Saigon Pharmaceutical Company (Sapharco) had purchased with the health ministry's support.

The government plans to buy another 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, following up on the deal for 31 million doses struck by the Ministry of Health in May.

August 12, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The government has asked the health ministry to allocate more COVID-19 vaccine shots to Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An so that the localities can ensure uninterrupted vaccination and soon achieve herd immunity.

The government requested the city to put the ongoing outbreak under control prior to September 15.

Da Nang is considering banning people from leaving their homes for a week amid rising coronavirus infections.

Ho Chi Minh City started using 19,000 doses of Vero Cell COVID-19 vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) to inoculate people on Tuesday.

With more consignments of Covid-19 vaccines arriving in Vietnam, the country can now immunize up to two million people a day

August 11, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Ho Chi Minh City started using 19,000 doses of Vero Cell COVID-19 vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) to inoculate its people on Tuesday.

Ho Chi Minh City authorities on Monday approved a proposal by the municipal Department of Industry and Trade to allow a number of employees of supermarkets and convenience stores to commute from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am so that they can have more time to prepare goods and disinfect the shopping venues.

Hanoi plans to take samples for COVID-19 testing from 300,000 residents in high-risk groups and areas from August 10 to 17.

A batch of 494,400 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses supplied under the Covax facility arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport Tuesday morning.

Authorities administered a record of over 1.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses on Tuesday, increasing Vietnam’s total number of shots given out to more than 11.3 million.

August 9, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The Ho Chi Minh City Department of External Relations has asked the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control to administer COVID-19 vaccine shots to about 210,000 foreigners who are studying and working in the city.

Bac Giang Province, which had been the worst virus-hit locality in Vietnam about two months back, on Sunday evening approved the resumption of indoor sporting facilities, including gyms and swimming pools, from Monday after discovering no new local infections for over 28 days.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi on Sunday afternoon requested functional forces to tighten the issuance of outdoor travel passes during its prolonged social distancing period.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CVAA) has proposed that all flights between Hanoi and HCMC are stopped as the nation fights a prolonged Covid-19 wave.

Nanocovax, the only made-in-Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine near completion, has an efficacy rate of 90 percent, its producer said.

The European Union said it has supplied 33 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Southeast Asia and plans to provide more.

August 7, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam to import 1 mln doses of Covid medicine from India. This is part of the 500,000 vials Vietnam's Vingroup bought from Cipla Ltd., a leading pharmaceutical company in India, to donate to the Ministry of Health for treating severe COVID-19 patients.

Hai Phong seeks to borrow 500,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses from Ho Chi Minh City to facilitate the vaccination drive in the northern Vietnamese city.

Ho Chi Minh City converts taxis into ambulances as combat against COVID-19 persists.

The ongoing Covid-19 wave is challenging but Vietnam's response is "on the right track," says World Health Organization (WHO) representative Kidong Park.

August 4, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam cuts quarantine time for vaccinated entrants. Fully vaccinated people arriving in Vietnam will have to spend seven days in centralized quarantine and self-monitor their health in the following week.

The U.K.Embassy in Hanoi handed over 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

Ho Chi Minh City began the sixth phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program on Tuesday with a target of administering doses to five million residents above 18 years old this month.

Vietnam is considering approval for the use of antiviral drug remdesivir for Covid-19 treatment, the Health Ministry said.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have set a goal to administer four million COVID-19 vaccine doses in August.

August 2, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: HCMC has deployed mobile vaccination teams to quarantine facilities or locked down areas in Thu Duc City as it speeds up its inoculation campaign.

The Ministry of Health has allocated more than three million COVID-19 vaccine shots to Ho Chi Minh City, which are enough to be administered to 22.3 percent of the city’s citizens who are over 18 years old.

A helicopter of the Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company carrying COVID-19 vaccines left Vung Tau Airport for Con Dao District off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on Sunday to implement the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination for local people, starting from Monday, according to the People’s Army online newspaper.

Prime Minister orders 2-week social distancing extension for 19 southern Vietnamese localities include Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Tien Giang, Long An, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Bac Lieu, An Giang, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, and Ca Mau.

July 31, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Authorities in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have banned people and all vehicles from entering the city from Saturday evening as a new epidemic control measure.

People in Nha Trang City in south-central Vietnam will be banned from going outdoors from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am the next day from Saturday until further notice.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has demanded the Health Ministry to simplify procedures and soon approve the use of Vietnamese Covid-19 vaccine Nanocovax.

July 28, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Hanoi on Tuesday kicked off its largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which is expected to run for nine months, with a target of administering over 5.1 million doses.

11 southern provinces have required residents not to go out between 6 p.m. and 5-6 a.m. the next day in an effort to curb the Covid-19 spread.

A Japanese pharmaceutical firm has signed a contract with Vabiotech and AIC to transfer Covid-19 vaccine production technologies, the Health Ministry stated Tuesday.

July 26, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Three million Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the U.S. via the COVAX scheme arrived in Vietnam early on Sunday morning. Another two million of the shots have been allocated to 53 provinces and cities for pandemic response.

HCMC will ban people from going out between 6 PM and 6 AM starting from Monday, said the city's chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong.

Hanoi's transport department said Saturday the city would not allow shippers to operate amid a Covid-19 social distancing order as they could be "hard to control" and may spread the coronavirus.

Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung has requested local military forces to spray disinfectant throughout the capital city as a way to curb rising coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh urged prioritizing the production of Vietnamese Covid-19 vaccines, with the support of private firms. The PM told a government meeting Friday that Vietnam "cannot keep relying on foreign sources of Covid-19 vaccines forever.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said Sunday that Vietnam has reached an agreement on technology transfer for coronavirus vaccine with the U.S. and will start production next year.

July 23, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Three million Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses supplied by the U.S. under the Covax facility are expected to arrive in Vietnam Sunday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Thursday.

Hanoi is set to quarantine all visitors from the 19 southern provinces and cities that are under social distancing starting Thursday.

The military will disinfect the entirety of Ho Chi Minh City for seven days from Friday, as the city is battling the worst virus outbreak since it first hit Vietnam early last year. The city has logged 48,863 cases since April 27.

July 22, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday started its new COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with 930,000 doses expected to be administered to 15 priority groups including people aged above 65, those having chronic illness, and others.

Hanoi is planning inoculation for its citizens with a target of more than four million out of 5.7 million people aged 18-65 getting vaccinated and up to 200,000 shots being administered per day.

Da Nang has proposed strengthening COVID-19 prevention measures with outdoor activities, non-essential business activities, and gatherings of over two prohibited after the central city reported 28 new infections including 12 local transmissions on Wednesday.

The first test batch of Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 has been produced in Vietnam. The first validation samples taken from the produced batch will be shipped to the Gamaleya Center in Russia for quality control checks.

July 21, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam has reached agreements on technology transfers for Russian and U.S. coronavirus vaccines to boost its vaccine capacity. The World Health Organization said in May it was reviewing a proposal by an unidentified manufacturer in Vietnam to become an mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine technology hub.

HCMC is seeking opinions from experts and ministries to prepare for possibly making its social distancing requirements even more stringent.

The Ministry of Transport has proposed that Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reduce the number of daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi to only two, as per the request of the Hanoi People’s Committee.

July 20, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: As Ho Chi Minh City suffers its worst Covid-19 community outbreak ever and with cases expected to rise, localities in central Vietnam such as Da Nang, Hue, Quang Nam, etc. have decided to help their citizens wishing to return home from the southern metropolis.

All flights to Ca Mau and Rach Gia airports will be suspended from July 19 to August 1, and the number of flights to several southern provinces will be cut. The 13 flights a day on the HCMC-Hanoi route will still be maintained to meet the demand of many people trying to return to Hanoi from HCMC, they added. One to two flights can be operated on routes from HCMC to localities like Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Cam Ranh, and Buon Ma Thuot.

July 19, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Authorities in Hanoi have requested people to stay home, only go out in necessary situations, and not to gather in groups of more than five, while closing all stores selling non-essential goods from 0:00 on Monday due to new clusters of coronavirus infections in recent days.

16 southern localities including Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and 13 Mekong Delta localities: Can Tho, Tien Giang, Long An, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau and Kien Giang would undergo a 14-day social distancing period starting Monday amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections.

Hanoi has stopped public transportation to 37 Covid-hit provinces and cities, most of them in the south, starting Sunday. Buses, taxis, contract cars, tourist cars, and fixed-route vehicles will have to stop operating to and from the 37 provinces and cities. The 37 cities and provinces include 14 localities to which public transportation was already stopped since July 8.

The U.S. will provide Vietnam an additional three million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine via the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

July 17, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The U.S. will continue to donate three more million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam through the COVAX international vaccine mechanism, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vietnam’s aviation authorities have directed that only pilots who have received two doses of vaccination against COVID-19 be allowed to conduct flights, as a new measure to curb the viral spread.

Soc Trang Province has decided to implement extensive social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 15 from 0:00 on Sunday.

Authorities in the central coastal city of Da Nang are expecting to carry out the inoculation of 20,000 people in the city at 100 vaccination sites per day, according to the municipal People’s Committee.

July 16, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: 921,400 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses arrived at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat International Airport Thursday. The fourth batch, part of a 30-million dose purchase contract between AstraZeneca and Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC), is the largest so far. Previously, batches were sent to Vietnam on Feb. 24, May 25, and July 9.

Vietnam approved Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday for emergency use, after AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Moderna jabs.

July 15, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam reverts from the current 21 days to 14-day quarantine for entrants after consulting with international organizations. The lowered period also applies to people who have to isolate themselves at home after coming into direct contact with Covid-19 patients.

U.S.-based pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer will provide 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for Vietnamese children in the last quarter of this year.

Da Nang will temporarily suspend barbershops and beach activities from 12:00 pm on Thursday as the city reported more than 20 locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases, including many with an unknown source of infection, on Wednesday.

As many as 13,000 shots of homegrown Nano Covax vaccine had been administered to volunteers aged 18-75 in the third trial phase as of Wednesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported the same day.

July 14, 2021 - VnExpress: Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son on Tuesday approved the pilot scheme of quarantining asymptomatic COVID-19 patients at home in Ho Chi Minh City.

The health ministry on Tuesday decided to shorten the duration of treatment and isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and the quarantine period for direct contacts and immigrants to 14 days.

Australia assists Vietnam with $30 mln, 1.5 mln Covid-19 vaccine doses and committed to further in the fight against Covid-19.

July 13, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Hanoi would close down indoor restaurants, cafes, and barbershops starting Tuesday amid a rising coronavirus threat, only three weeks after resuming these services.

Police in Hanoi is expected to establish 22 COVID-19 checkpoints at all city entrances to medically inspect people and vehicles entering and exiting the capital from Wednesday.

HCMC is preparing to administer 1.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines in two to three weeks amid the swift rise in daily infections. Those prioritized for vaccine administration are "vulnerable people" located in areas deemed at very high risk and high risk as also priority groups approved by the government, the municipal Department of Health said.

The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that people who travel from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces and cities in Vietnam have to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days.

Authorities in the southern beach city of Vung Tau have decided to implement extensive social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 from 0:00 on Wednesday.

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has agreed with the health ministry's proposal to begin a nationwide home quarantine program from Monday for those who’ve had contact with Covid-19 patients.

July 12, 2021 - VnExpress: The Health Ministry confirmed 659 new community transmissions in nine localities Monday morning, pushing the infection tally during the ongoing wave to 26,930.

Since April 27, when the new wave began in Vietnam, local infections have been recorded in 58 of the nation's 63 cities and provinces.

More than 4 million of the nation's 96-million population have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus and 277,447 have got two doses.

July 09, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: An additional 700,000 AstraZeneca vaccine shots have arrived in Vietnam from Japan, according to the health ministry. This is the third batch of nearly two million AstraZeneca jabs Japan has donated to the Southeast Asian country since June 16.

HCMC suspends lottery, takeaway services: The rules are part of social distancing measures for Ho Chi Minh City to curb the Covid-19 spread. It will also suspend all motorcycle taxi drivers, either traditional or ride-hailing, for the 15-day period, but shipping services are to continue.

Dong Nai and Khanh Hoa will begin a stringent social distancing campaign Friday, the former throughout the province and the latter in certain areas including Nha Trang Town.

July 07, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: US sends Vietnam 2 million Moderna vaccine doses -- part of a first 80 million doses that President Joe Biden has pledged to allocate worldwide -- should arrive in Vietnam this weekend, a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

Hanoi students of all levels could return to school on July 10 to finish their academic year, the municipal education department proposed Monday.

Authorities in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday decided to suspend the operations of the Thu Duc wholesale market from 8:00 am on Wednesday over new local coronavirus infections.

July 06, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International:The Ministry of Health recorded a record daily surge of more than 1,000 domestic coronavirus infections in Vietnam on Monday, the majority in concentrated quarantine or isolated areas.

Five people in a family have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Hanoi after the capital had gone nearly 10 days without detecting any case in the community, the municipal Center for Disease Control said on Monday evening.

Authorities in the southern province of Kien Giang have proposed the suspension of all flights between the province’s Phu Quoc Island and Ho Chi Minh City from Tuesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine with 97,000 doses, part of the 31 million shots Vietnam had purchased, will arrive in the country on Wednesday, according to a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

July 03, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International:Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has decided to suspend domestic flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa, Quang Nam from July 4 and between Ho Chi Minh City and Thua Thien Hue from July 5 as COVID-19 infections surge in the southern metropolis.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will collect more than 100,000 samples for COVID-19 testing from students and teachers participating in the national high school exam graduation this year.

July 02, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has approved an additional budget of nearly VND7.7 trillion (US$333.6 million) for the Ministry of Health to purchase 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca Plc and 31 million doses from Pfizer Inc.

The chairman of AstraZeneca on Tuesday said the firm would try to deliver at least eight million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam by early August.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will collect 600,000 samples for COVID-19 testing in Thu Duc City on Thursday, 460,000 in Binh Thanh District on the same day and Friday, and 150,000 in District 3 from now until July 5.

HCMC is now encouraging its businesses to perform quick Covid-19 tests on their employees weekly amid rising coronavirus fears.

June 30, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The government has approved the emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine by U.S. firm Moderna, the Ministry of Health has announced.

Japan will gift around one million additional doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam in two different deliveries on July 1 and 8, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

People who travel to the southern province of Dong Nai from neighboring Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong Province from 0:00 on July 5 are required to have a negative COVID-19 test certificate within seven days, as part of the province’s stronger effort to curb the spread of the pandemic.

My Tho City in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has followed social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 from Wednesday until further notice.

Vietnam had administered a total of 3,593,970 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of 4:00 pm Tuesday, with 91,228 people being vaccinated on Tuesday alone, according to the Ministry of Health. The number of people who have completed two doses is 182,481.

June 29, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Flight routes between Vietnam and Northeast Asia and Europe may resume later this year, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) anticipates. They expect Covid-19 vaccination rates in Vietnam and the rest of the world would increase greatly in the second half of 2021. This would enable the achievement of herd immunity, becoming an important step to the gradual reopening of international flight routes in the third and fourth quarter. The domestic aviation market is also expected to recover in the third quarter, with over 70 million passengers expected.

Vietnam shortens synthesis of Covid antiviral: The Institute of Chemistry under VAST recently announced it has managed to cut the synthesis process for Favipiravil, an antiviral medication, from seven-eight reactions to only three.

Medics injected 710,773 people in HCMC with the Covid-19 vaccine in a week, between June 19 and 27 in a historic vaccination campaign. Of the vaccinated, 312,269 are industrial zone workers and the rest residents of high-risk areas, state workers, airport and seaport staff, along with those on the frontline of Covid prevention. The total figure also includes 26,000 medics at private healthcare facilities.

Due to the rapid and widespread of the infection, HCM's authorities could have people quarantining at home if they live in villas or townhouses, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

HCMC continues applying social distancing measures under the municipal People’s Committee’s directive No.10 from 0:00 on Tuesday, according to Vice-chairman Duong Anh Duc. The directive promulgates stricter regulations such as limiting public gatherings to three, shutting down unofficial markets, and suspending public transport.

June 28, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Vietnam will trial its vaccine passport program in July in the northern province of Quang Ninh, under which vaccinated or recovered foreign entrants will be quarantined for seven days.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday issued a new set of guidelines for piloting home medical isolation of COVID-19 patients’ direct contacts in Ho Chi Minh City.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh requested authorities in southern Dong Nai Province consider quarantining COVID-19 patients without severe symptoms and their direct contacts at home at a meeting on Sunday afternoon.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health on Sunday put into operation two additional makeshift COVID-19 treatment hospitals, raising the total number of beds for patients to 10,000. The two new infirmaries will focus on treating patients with mild symptoms.

Up to now, Vietnam has given 3.3M doses to people; 155K people have fully vaccinated, accounted for 0.2% of the population.

June 26, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Authorities are developing guidelines on reducing the quarantine period to seven days for international arrivals who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and tested negative for the coronavirus before entering Vietnam, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said on Friday.

The Hanoi People’s Committee has permitted the resumption of certain outdoor physical and sports activities from Saturday, given the local COVID-19 situation basically brought under control.

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Friday that Japan will give around one million additional doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam. It will be the second donation from Japan after the first batch of 966,320 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on June 16.

Vietnam’s current VND22 trillion ($956.2 million) Covid-19 budget is nearly enough to inoculate 75 million of its 96-million population.

Up to now, Vietnam has given 2,920,248 doses to people; 143,121 people have fully vaccinated, accounted for 0.15% of the population.

June 25, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Many people living in Ho Chi Minh City have shown support for the metropolis’ largest-ever COVID-19 immunization drive by showing up at vaccination venues to get inoculated. The drive kicked off on June 19 and is carried out at 650 injection locations every day until June 27, using 836,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will send experts to assist Vietnam in vaccine research and production meeting international standards, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the statement during his phone conversation with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Thursday.

Authorities in southern Dong Thap Province have locked down the entire Sa Dec General Hospital for seven days and its internal medicine department for 14 days from 9:00 pm Thursday following the detection of an inpatient positive for COVID-19.

The People’s Committee of northern Bac Ninh Province, the third-hardest hit locality in Vietnam currently with 1,559 local COVID-19 infections detected since April 27, has allowed all enterprises in the province to reopen and workers from other provinces and cities to return to work from Thursday, with a number of safety conditions applied.

June 23, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Hundreds of residents in Go Vap and Binh Thanh Districts have been inoculated against Covid-19 in a historic vaccination campaign initiated by Ho Chi Minh City. HCMC is set to use 786,000 vaccines of the 836,000 doses for factory workers and residents of high-risk areas, and 50,000 for military personnel and police officers.

Eateries in the southern province of Long An have closed again from 0:00 on Wednesday after resuming dine-in service for only four days, as authorities have reinstated several COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

With Covid-19 attacking several industrial zones, 22,700 workers in HCMC and Binh Duong have had to temporarily stop working.

June 22, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: The Hanoi People’s Committee has allowed dine-in service and barbershops to resume operations from 0:00 on Tuesday but with several restrictions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

As of 5:00 pm on Monday, Ho Chi Minh City had had a total of 469 locked-down areas in Thu Duc City and 19 districts, according to the city’s Center for Disease Control.

Deputy chairman of the People’s Committee, said on Monday that 5-10 million vaccine doses would arrive in HCM City this year.

June 21, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: 500,000 doses of Vero Cell vaccine gifted by the Chinese government arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport Sunday afternoon. These doses will be administered to Chinese citizens residing in Vietnam, Vietnamese who will study, work or go to China for business purposes, and those who require this vaccine, especially in areas near Vietnam's border with China.

Hanoi is considering reopening certain businesses and allowing outdoor activities since the local coronavirus situation has largely been brought under control.

HCMC will suspend traditional and ride-hailing taxi services, public buses and inter-provincial buses from Sunday as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19.

Ho Chi Minh City authorities are slated to start vaccinating 56,000 workers at PouYuen Vietnam Company Limited, one of the largest employers in the city, against COVID-19 on Monday.

June 18, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Hanoi would perform quick Covid-19 tests on returnees from HCMC at Noi Bai International Airport, the municipal Center for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday. According to the CDC, the measure, to be conducted during the next four to five days, is part of the city's community Covid-19 screening program, especially amid Ho Chi Minh City’s concerning coronavirus situation.

Twenty-six coronavirus infections were detected at a factory of Trung Son Corp in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, local authorities said on Thursday. They had sent 136 of the factory's over 800 workers to centralized quarantine on Wednesday.

Ho Chi Minh City will administer 836,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses it received on Thursday within a week, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said the same day.

June 16, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Japan has agreed to aid Vietnam with a million Covid-19 vaccine doses produced in Japan with licenses by AstraZeneca to help with the coronavirus fight.

Social distancing rules have been applied in Tan Uyen Town, Binh Duong province after 12 suspected COVID-19 cases were detected there.

A health worker at the Binh Tan District Medical Center in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday night, having participated in sample collection in virus-hit areas in the city for at least 15 times.

June 14, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: HCMC will extend its current social distancing period by another two weeks till the end of June 29 due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. The city-wide social distancing measure means social events are suspended while gatherings of 20 people or more in one place and of 10 people or more outside workplaces, schools, and hospitals are banned. A minimum distance of two meters between people in public places should be ensured.

Experts in Australia and New Zealand have suggested that the authorities of Vietnam can allow people coming into contact with Covid patients to self-quarantine at home.

Vietnam has approved the emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by U.S.-based firm Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech Inc., the Ministry of Health announced Saturday.

Vietnam researches production of single-dose mRNA Covid-19 vaccine with the U.S. manufacturer. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), new mRNA vaccines can protect against infectious diseases. This kind of vaccine is proved to have an efficacy of 94.8 percent against Covid-19.

June 12, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Vietnamese government has set a goal to provide COVID-19 vaccination for to all workers at industrial parks across the nation by the end of this August, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on Friday.

The People’s Committee of south-central Khanh Hoa Province, home to Nha Trang beach city, on Friday issued an announcement to reopen beaches and a number of indoor sporting facilities from Sunday.

Authorities of the southern province of Tien Giang on Friday decided to impose social distancing measures in the entire locality, starting from mid-Saturday until next notice.

June 10, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Sixteen provinces including Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Son La, Ninh Binh, and Thanh Hoa have reported zero new coronavirus cases during the past 14 days.

Vietnam is negotiating with other countries to secure Covid-19 vaccine doses for children aged 12-18, with the Pfizer vaccine a potential candidate.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son expected the number of additional patients in the northern province of Bac Giang, the country’s largest COVID-19 epicenter, to see a sharp decrease in the next ten days.

June 09, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Dr. Ly Nguyen Le Anh, a former lecturer at the Military Technical Academy, said Vietnam's latest Covid-19 wave has peaked late last month as evidenced by successful coronavirus containment results in the country's heaviest hit localities. Using the patterns model, he had predicted that the current Covid-19 wave would end as August ends.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have decided to suspend an additional 18 public bus routes from Tuesday due to the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee on Tuesday turned the Military Zone 7 school, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, and some local hotels into quarantine centers to handle suspected COVID-19 cases.

June 05, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The U.S. on Thursday said it would donate around seven million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Asia, including Vietnam, through global vaccine access mechanism Covax.

The Ministry of Health is in negotiation with the American pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson to import its Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam, as well as cooperate in refining and transferring vaccine production technologies to Vietnam so the country could build factories to manufacture vaccines.

Authorities in many provinces and cities have mandated concentrated quarantine for people returning or coming from Ho Chi Minh City and other virus-hit localities.

June 03, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam is set to receive 20 million doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine this year, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said on Wednesday.

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has urged the Ministry of Health to promulgate a new testing process for both Vietnamese and foreigners who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine duration at centralized facilities to one week.

Tan An Town and the four districts of Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Duoc and Can Giuoc in Long An Province will adopt social distancing measures from Wednesday until further notice.

June 02, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The health ministry said that it does not monopolize the import of Covid-19 vaccines. Any locality or business wishing to access Covid-19 vaccines can contact either the health ministry or the 27 firms that have already been authorized to import them. The ministry will also issue guidelines for urgent distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, ensuring that all businesses are allowed opportunities to secure Covid-19 vaccine sources at the earliest.

Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC) on Tuesday received the second shipment of 287,600 COVID-19 vaccine doses, part of an order of 30 million shots, from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said on Tuesday that Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City would limit domestic flights from June 1 to June 14 to beef up coronavirus spread containment.

Authorities in Long An province asserted on Tuesday that several districts of the province would have to follow social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 15 from 0:00 on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health has sent a statement to the People’s Committees in various provinces and cities urging prompt actions in identifying suspected coronavirus cases at medical centers, clinics, and pharmacies.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded 53 local COVID-19 cases in Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, and Hanoi on Wednesday morning, raising the national tally to 7,625, with 3,043 recoveries and 48 deaths.

June 01, 2021 - Tuoi Tre News & VnExpress International: Ho Chi Minh City has prepared treatment plans for the worst-case scenario in which 5,000 COVID-19 patients would be recorded.

All visitors from HCMC will be quarantined on arrival in Binh Dinh, Gia Lai, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, and Thua Thien Hue provinces.

Multiple train routes in Vietnam have been suspended from Tuesday due to the serious COVID-19 pandemic in many provinces and cities. Some of these routes will resume operations on June 16, while others will be reopened on July 1.

Authorities in Vung Tau, a popular beach city in southern Vietnam, have banned all people from swimming at local beaches from 12:00 pm on Tuesday to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 31, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Ho Chi Minh City's chairman has ordered social distancing measures to be imposed across the city for at least two weeks starting Monday and planning a mass testing program on large scale, expecting to collect 100,000 samples per day from across the city, amid rising Covid-19 infections.

The third and final phase of human trials of Nano Covax COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Vietnamese Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, is scheduled to begin in early June.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded 61 local COVID-19 cases in Bac Giang, Hanoi, and Lang Son on Monday morning, raising the national tally to 7,168, with 2,950 recoveries and 47 deaths.

May 29, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Medical authorities in Ho Chi Minh City urgently collected samples from 50,000 residents in Go Vap District for COVID-19 testing from Friday night until early Saturday morning, after five pooled samples in relation to a religious mission based in the same district returned suspected results.

Authorities in southern Tay Ninh Province have temporarily shuttered its famous tourist destination Ba Den Mountain and placed a number of areas under lockdown after a returnee from Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials in southern Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province have suspended healthcare facilities, physical therapy facilities, spa services, saunas, theaters, cinemas, wedding venues, buffet service establishments, live music businesses, karaoke parlors, and indoor sports facilities for COVID-19 prevention.

The Vietnamese health ministry is in talks to secure COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna through its distribution partner in Asia, Zuellig Pharma.

Vietnam reported 87 new local coronavirus infections on Saturday morning, bringing the national tally to 6,657 patients, with 2,896 recoveries and 47 virus-related deaths.

May 28, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Ho Chi Minh City started banning public gatherings of over 10 people and will close its restaurants, beauty parlors, spas, tourism sites, museums, walking streets, night markets and parks starting Friday to prevent COVID-19 spread.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said in an urgent notice on Thursday that Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City would stop receiving international flights between May 27 and June 4.

Da Nang plans to provide its bus and taxi drivers around 1,400 Covid-19 vaccine doses to reboot public transportation.

Vietnam is expected to vaccinate seven percent of its population of almost 97 million people against COVID-19 by the end of July, Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen said on Thursday.

Vietnam reported 40 new local coronavirus infections on Friday morning, bringing the national tally to 6,356 patients.

May 27, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: As of Thursday morning, at least 13 people in Ho Chi Minh City who are members of Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation based in Go Vap District, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the municipal Center for Disease Control.

Authorities in Da Nang will permit taxis, contract vehicles with fewer than nine seaters, ride-hailing cars and motorbikes, and two-wheeler delivery services to get back to business from 6:00 am on Friday after eight days registering no new local infections.

Social distancing has been imposed in the entire districts of Hiep Hoa and Yen The in the northern province of Bac Giang from 12:00 pm Wednesday as COVID-19 infections spike, according to the provincial People’s Committee.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 24 domestic COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, raising the country’s tally to 6,111, with 2,853 recoveries and 45 deaths.

May 26, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Authorities in northern Bac Giang Province have requested that all residents not leave homes unless under necessary circumstances after the province registered 375 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday.

Hanoi faces high risk of Covid-19 spreading while seeing new Covid-19 clusters spring up even before it has put existing ones under control, health officials say.

HCMC cautions people aged over 60 to refrain from going out and visiting crowded places amid the worsening Covid-19 situation.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 80 domestic COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, raising the country’s tally to 5,931, with 2,794 recoveries and 44 deaths.

May 24, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research of the Ministry of Health is slated to meet on Monday to review the clinical trial protocol of the Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine, Nano Covax, to prepare for its trial on a large group of volunteers at the end of this month.

All travelers to Singapore who have a travel history in Vietnam in the past 21 days will be subject to a 21-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities as per Singapore’s tighter pandemic prevention and control measures amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health confirmed 58 COVID-19 cases, including 56 domestic infections, on Monday morning, taking the national tally to 5,275 infections, with 2,721 recoveries and 42 virus-related deaths.

May 22, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Ho Chi Minh City authorities have called on people to refrain from going outside unless necessary from 0:00 Saturday until further notice to stall COVID-19 infections.

The Da Nang Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced on Friday evening that it had tested 271,962 local cases, relatively equal to the number of households in the entire city, for COVID-19 from May 3.

The results of viral gene sequencing of patients No. 4,583 and No. 4,780 by the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases showed on Friday that they were infected with the coronavirus strain B.1.617.2 from India and B.1.1.7 from the UK, respectively.

An 89-year-old woman with COVID-19 and a history of heart failure, chronic gastritis and hypertension in central Da Nang City died on Thursday, becoming Vietnam’s 41st virus-related death.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health confirmed 20 local COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning, taking the national tally to 4,961 infections, including 2,689 recoveries and 41 virus-related deaths.

May 21, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Visitors to Vietnam who are categorized as "safe" might only be quarantined for seven days instead of the usual 21, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said. He made the suggestion at a meeting with the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Wednesday, but did not elaborate on who would be considered "safe," and instead ordered the Ministry of Health to draw up the categorization.

Ho Chi Minh City is isolating eight sites liked to five COVID-19 cases that have been detected since Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health reported 24 local coronavirus infections in Vietnam on Friday morning, taking the country's tally to 4,833 patients, including 2,689 recoveries and 40 deaths.

May 20, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Vietnamese Ministry of Finance has suggested establishing COVID-19 Vaccine Fund and taking responsibility for managing and utilizing the fund to facilitate the country’s vaccine procurement.

A 64-year-old woman who contracted the new coronavirus when being hospitalized with liver cancer in Hanoi has died, becoming Vietnam’s 38th Covid-19 death.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 30 domestic cases of COVID-19 on Thursday morning, taking the national tally to 4,720 patients, including 3,247 locally-transmitted infections.

May 19, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced an additional 31 COVID-19 cases, including 30 community infections in Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Lang Son, and Ho Chi Minh City, on Wednesday morning, raising the national tally to 4,543 patients with 2,687 recoveries and 37 virus-related deaths.

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control announced on Tuesday night it was looking for passengers who had boarded the same flight VN1179 on May 5 from northern Hai Phong City to Ho Chi Minh City as a woman who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam will get 31 million COVID-19 vaccine doses manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech this year.

Authorities in northern Hai Phong have asked all residents to avoid going outside and leaving their homes after 10:00 pm every day and limited public gatherings to 10 people after a new COVID-19 cluster was recently detected in the city.

May 17, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Vietnamese Minister of National Defense, ordered military-run medical units to send more forces to northern Bac Ninh and Bac Giang Provinces to aid the battle against COVID-19 on Sunday.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health said on Sunday evening that all medical staff at more than 100 hospitals in the city had been sampled for COVID-19 testing.

The Ministry of Health said the second batch of almost 1.7 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses provided by the COVAX Facility arrived in Vietnam on Sunday afternoon.

Quang Ninh Province have suspended the operations of all private medical facilities, except for Vinmec Ha Long International Hospital and Vietnam - Russia International Eye Hospital in Ha Long City, from 0:00 on Sunday and forbidden gatherings of more than ten people in public places from 12:00 pm the same day to prevent coronavirus transmission.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 37 domestic cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning, taking the national tally to 4,212 patients, including 2,746 locally-transmitted infections.

May 15, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Ministry of Health announced 20 local coronavirus infections on Friday morning, taking the national tally to 3,836 patients, including 807 domestic cases recorded since April 27.

All people who arrived in Hanoi from Da Nang between May 1 and Friday this week are subject to COVID-19 testing and self-isolation at home for 21 days from the date of leaving the central city, the Hanoi Department of Health announced on Friday.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has requested authorities of Vietnamese cities and provinces to deport foreigners working without work permits or failing to comply with the law on immigration, transit and residence of foreigners in the country.

Twelve checkpoints at Ho Chi Minh City’s gateways have been put into operation from 0:00 Saturday to medically inspect vehicles, carry out body temperature measurement for people entering the city, and collect medical declarations from them.

Authorities in northern Quang Ninh Province have suspended restaurants, sidewalk stalls, lottery tickets sales and golf courses from 0:00 Saturday for COVID-19 prevention.

May 13, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Several workers at Samsung and Canon factories in the northern Bac Ninh Province have been found coronavirus-positive, the local Health Department said Wednesday

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered an investigation into possible issue of visas to foreign experts during the Covid-19 pandemic without following protocol.

Border guards in the northern province of Cao Bang on Wednesday said they had detected 44 Vietnamese citizens illegally entering Vietnam from China the same day and sent them to quarantine.

The central city of Da Nang has seen tourists canceling their tour bookings and hotel reservations for May and June en masse, amidst the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Vietnam on Thursday morning reported 33 local coronavirus infections in Da Nang, Bac Ninh, Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, and Bac Giang, increasing the country’s tally to 3,658, according to the Ministry of Health.

May 11, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam has administered 892,454 out of 917,600 available COVID-19 vaccine shots as of Tuesday morning, according to the health ministry.

Ho Chi Minh City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong ordered on Monday that checkpoints be set up at traffic hubs and entrances to the city to stem coronavirus spread and convened a working session with Cho Ray Hospital and 115 People’s Hospital to review COVID-19 prevention and control measures at the two infirmaries.

The lockdown of K Hospital in Hanoi has succeeded in bringing its Covid-19 outbreak under control in quick time, says hospital director Le Van Quang. The hospital was deemed a Covid-19 hotspot and has been placed under lockdown since last Friday. More than 3,400 people are in isolation at the hospital, of whom 599 people have had their second Covid-19 tests.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded 28 local COVID-19 infections in Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Bac Giang, Lang Son, and Hai Duong on Tuesday morning, raising the country’s tally to 3,489, with 2,618 recoveries and 35 deaths.

May 10, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced an additional 80 COVID-19 cases, including 78 community infections, on Monday morning, raising the national tally to 3,412 patients with 2,602 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho denied on Sunday evening rumor that there was a local COVID-19 case, which prompted the lockdown of a local hospital.

The People’s Committee of northern Bac Ninh Province has applied social distancing measures throughout Thuan Thanh District from 2:00 pm on Sunday given the complex developments of COVID-19 there over the past few days.

May 07, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam added one local coronavirus case on Friday morning, bringing its caseload to 3,091 patients, according to the Ministry of Health. Recoveries remain at 2,560 and deaths at 35.

Almost 748,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Vietnam since the country rolled out its mass inoculation on March 8, according to the health ministry's data.

Minister of Public Security has ordered a national campaign to detect illegal immigrants in Vietnam.

Da Nang will ban restaurants from offering dine-in services and will only allow them to opt for takeout and delivery from Friday noon, at a time when Vietnam is grappling with the fourth wave of coronavirus infections.

May 06, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam recorded eight local COVID-19 cases at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on Thursday morning, bringing the national tally to 3,030 patients, with 2,560 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dong Nai authorities cordoned off a small alley on Ngo Quyen Street, Xuan Thanh Ward, Long Khanh City for the next 21 days after a new case of COVID-19 infection was identified in the neighborhood.

Vietnam has extended its concentrated quarantine duration from 14 to 21 days for both international arrivals and people who come into contact with COVID-19 patients.

May 03, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen warned local authorities about the rising number of new Covid-19 community transmission cases as well as infection threats in many localities, with tourists flocking to popular destinations amid the four-day national holiday (April 30-May 3). The ministry recommended localities suspend crowded events like festivals, pedestrian streets, and night markets.

Vietnam has dispatched hundreds of military personnel to the Laos border to ensure no one enters the country illegally, possibly bringing with them the coronavirus.

Six women in Vinh Phuc Province, who came in close contact with a Chinese expert found infected with the coronavirus after returning to China, tested positive for the virus.

The Vietnamese government had administered the first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine to more than 511,400 people by the end of Saturday, according to the health ministry.

Vietnam reported the national tally hitting 2,942 and recoveries reaching 2,549 on Monday morning.

April 29, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: More than 2,000 people who regularly work at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City have been vaccinated against COVID-19 from April 26 to 29, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) said.

Vietnam on Tuesday reported five new COVID-19 cases, including four imported infections and one diagnosed after coming into direct contact with a patient in a quarantine zone in the northern province of Yen Bai. The country’s tally has reached 2,857, with 2,516 recoveries and 35 deaths.

Hanoi authorities have decided to pause all festivals and pedestrian streets as grave threats of another COVID-19 outbreak emerge. Furthermore, people living in Hanoi are to be subject to compulsory medical declaration when returning to the capital city after the two public holidays of Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers' Day (May 1).

April 26, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam recorded three imported cases of COVID-19 in central Quang Nam Province and Da Nang City on Monday morning, raising the national tally to 2,846 infections with 2,516 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

Do Thanh Hai, Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Vietnam in India, told Vietnam Television (VTV) on Sunday that the embassy had brought nearly 1,000 Vietnamese home and would continue to support the remaining 100 citizens in the host country, which is being shaken by the coronavirus crisis.

Vietnam’s Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long has warned of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 as regional countries reported a rapid surge of new cases and many citizens have failed to implement the ministry’s preventive measures.

April 24, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Vietnamese Party, State, and people have presented US$300,000 to Cambodia to support the neighboring country in its fight against COVID-19, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.

As of April 23, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City had mobilized more than VND200 billion ($8.6 million) from 31 units and individuals to help purchase COVID-19 vaccine Vietnamese citizens.

Vietnam on Saturday morning reported two new imported cases of COVID-19, increasing the country’s tally to 2,832 with 2,490 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.

April 22, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: HCMC to almost fully vaccinate medical personnel this month, for over 56,200 medical workers and airport employees against Covid-19.

Australia will help Vietnam purchase cold chain equipment to store and transport vaccine doses to where they are needed around the country, according to UNICEF Representative in Vietnam.

Vietnam on Thursday morning reported six new imported cases of COVID-19, increasing the country’s tally to 2,812, with 2,490 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.

April 19, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam recorded one imported case of COVID-19 from Japan on Monday morning, bringing the national tally to 2,785 infections, with 2,475 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

As many as 79,182 people had been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Vietnam as of Sunday.

The Ministry of Health ordered the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, an epidemiological research institute, to set up a COVID-19 testing lab in Ha Tien City in Kien Giang Province, which borders Cambodia. Illegal immigration from Cambodia remains rampant in the southern Vietnamese locality while the COVID-19 situation in the neighboring country stays complicated.

April 16, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Two border jumpers from Cambodia tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, with contact tracing and quarantine underway, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ho Chi Minh City medical authorities said on Wednesday that the city had yet to receive the protocol of ‘vaccine passports,’ which are COVID-19 vaccination certificates to be granted for international visitors and stranded Vietnamese to enter the country, from the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Vietnam reported 20 imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, raising the national tally to 2,737 patients, with 2,445 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

April 14, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam on Tuesday afternoon reported seven new imported cases of COVID-19, increasing the country’s tally to 2,714 with 2,445 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in the southern province of Binh Phuoc’s Hon Quan District on Tuesday said they had recently caught two taxis transporting five foreigners to illegally enter the locality.

April 12, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam reported three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning, increasing the country’s tally to 2,696, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals under the Vietnamese Ministry of Health is accelerating the research and manufacturing process of Vietnam’s homegrown COVIVAC vaccine against COVID-19, in order to promptly launch it on the market in the first quarter of 2022.

Vietnamese stranded abroad, foreign investors, and vaccinated tourists are three groups who might be able to enter Vietnam with a vaccine passport, officials say.

With the vaccine passport, specifically, Vietnam would divide entrants into three different groups.

The first group would be Vietnamese citizens who are stranded abroad and have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health will be in charge of providing detailed guidance on isolating and monitoring arrivals from different countries. A similar protocol would also apply for Vietnamese businesspeople returning home after going abroad in pursuit of investment and business opportunities.

The second group would be foreigners entering Vietnam to invest and do business. The Health Ministry would specify the protocol for testing, medical isolation and medical monitoring based on the entrants’ citizenship and the vaccines they have been administered.

The third group would comprise international tourists. For this category, the health ministry would work with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and submit to the committee specific plans on allowing international tourists.

It is expected that Vietnam will welcome visitors from countries that have basically brought the pandemic under control and those that have deployed vaccination programs to achieve community immunity. Such tourists would be allowed to go to Vietnamese destinations where sufficient control can be maintained in terms of Covid-19 precautions.

April 09, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Over 56,000 people in Vietnam had been vaccinated against COVID-19 by 4:00 pm on Thursday, the Ministry of Health said in a report on Friday.

The WHO has ranked Vietnam’s National Regulatory Authority (NRA) on vaccine regulation at maturity level 3 on a four-level rating scale. The ranking was based on the WHO Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT), which uses different functions and criteria to ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of vaccines on the market.

Vietnam will continue its Covid-19 inoculation program using AstraZeneca's vaccine since no related cases of blood clotting have been recorded.

April 07, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam on Tuesday afternoon reported 11 new imported cases of COVID-19, increasing the country’s tally to 2,648 with 2,422 recoveries.

All localities have been asked to quickly make lists of priority groups for free Covid-19 vaccinations because the AstraZeneca vaccine has a shelf-life of just six months.

The Health Ministry said the list must be submitted to the General Department of Preventive Medicine or regional Pasteur Institutes before April 15 so that the ministry can map out a detailed plan for distributing vaccine doses.

Vietnam's mass vaccination campaign began March 8 after a batch of 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine was delivered in February. So far, nearly 53,000 Vietnamese citizens, mainly frontline workers in the Covid-19 fight, have received their first vaccine shots.

April 05, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: As many as 894 border guards in Tay Ninh Province, which neighbors Cambodia, will be administered with the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of April. The inoculation drive is part of 20,000 vaccine doses allocated to the Ministry of National Defense, which gives priority to frontline forces, including border guards.

Authorities in south-central Khanh Hoa Province have approved nine flights to carry overseas Vietnamese people home, with quarantine costs covered by private enterprises, until April 20.

Vietnam logged two new imported cases of COVID-19 in southern Tay Ninh Province on Sunday afternoon, bringing the national tally to 2,631 patients, with 2,383 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

April 02, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed the Ministry of Transport consider the gradual reopening of regular international commercial routes in three stages in the remaining part of this year.

In the first phase, such international commercial flights will be opened to Vietnamese citizens with the approval of competent agencies.

In the second phase, international commercial flights will be opened to both Vietnamese and foreign citizens.

These flights are expected to be deployed from July and operated together with the aforementioned package flights carrying stranded Vietnamese citizens home.

The first routes will include those connecting Vietnam with Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The airlines of each side will operate these flights with the frequency of four flights per week per turn.

In the third phase, regular international commercial flights will resume, without passengers being subject to quarantine upon arrival, after the acceptance of vaccination passports in Vietnam.

These flights are expected to be operated from September, depending on the progress of COVID-19 vaccination and the level of herd immunity in Vietnam.

Vietnam received 811,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses via the COVAX Facility on Thursday at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi. An additional shipment of 3,364,800 doses is expected to be delivered to Vietnam by the end of May, followed by more later in the year, UNICEF, which led the procurement and delivery of this supply.

Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long on Wednesday had a working session with the Chinese and Indian ambassadors as well as the Minister Counselor of the Russian Embassy in Vietnam in an effort to find more COVID-19 vaccines for the Southeast Asian country.

ietnam reported zero coronavirus cases on Friday morning, with the tally standing at 2,617 patients and 2,359 having recovered from the respiratory disease.

March 31, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam Airlines plan to welcome foreign visitors back to the country in three phases, start from April 1with Japan, Korea and Australia.

No COVID-19 cases were reported in Vietnam on Wednesday morning, while more than 48,200 people have received COVID-19 vaccination so far in the country. The COVID-19 tally stood at 2,594, with 2,359 recoveries and 35 deaths.

The first batch of Covid-19 vaccines sourced via Covax, containing 811,200 doses, would arrive in Vietnam early next month, said the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE).

March 29, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam recorded one imported COVID-19 case on Sunday afternoon, raising the national tally to 2,591 patients, with 2,308 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

As many as 45,140 people in Vietnam’s 19 provinces and cities had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Sunday, the health ministry said on Monday morning.

March 27, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: All of 89 passengers boarding from Phu Quoc Island to Hanoi on Monday with two COVID-19 patients from Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province have tested negative for the coronavirus.

Vietnam reported five new imported COVID-19 cases, including two illegal entries, on Friday evening, raising the national caseload to 2,586, with 2,265 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

An additional 1,775 people in 19 Vietnamese provinces and cities got vaccinated against COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of vaccinated people in Vietnam to 44,000, accounting for nearly 0.5 percent of the population, according to the Ministry of Health.

March 25, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally on Thursday morning stood at 2,576, with 272 under treatment, 2,265 recoveries and 35 deaths.

Vietnam on Wednesday called for urgent diversification of its sources for COVID-19 vaccines amid global supply problems, as the Southeast Asian country pushes forward with an inoculation program that began earlier this month, Reuters reported the same day.

Visas for foreigners living in Vietnam will be issued online via the National Public Service Portal in 2021, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Medical staff at a general hospital in border areas in the southern province of Dong Thap were given the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca on Wednesday.

March 22, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: 1,530 more people had received shots of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, raising the total number to 33,891.

Checkpoints for COVID-19 prevention and control at the entrances to northern Quang Ninh Province have been removed.

March 20, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Related agencies and telecom providers say information technology infrastructure for handling Covid-19 vaccine passports will be ready next month.

HCMC authorities have allowed 500 karaoke parlors and 180 bars and dance clubs to resume operations Friday night after over a month of closure.

Vietnam should designate certain destinations to welcome vaccinated foreigners back while residents in these localities are inoculated against Covid-19 to boost 'herd immunity,' experts said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Wednesday agreed to bring 900 Vietnamese citizens stuck in Japan and Thailand home.

March 17, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered relevant agencies to map out plans for the "Covid-19 vaccine passport" implementation to soon help tourism and aviation sectors recover.

His directive came after tourism experts earlier this month suggested the government consider opening up to vaccinated foreign visitors from the third quarter in a similar vein to regional peers to revive the hard-hit tourism industry.

While some experts proposed those holding "vaccine passports" should still undergo 14-day quarantine in the absence of information on the potential risk of infection following two-dose inoculation, others suggested the exemption of mandatory quarantine if foreign arrivals show a vaccine certificate and negative test results before and after entering the country.

The PM also ordered relevant agencies to consider gradually resuming international flights.

March 16, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Hai Duong Province confirmed two Covid-19 cases from its ongoing outbreak Tuesday morning, raising its tally to 719 since late January.

Both the new patients had close contact with previously confirmed cases. They have all been isolated as per the contact tracing protocol before the tests arrived as positive on Monday.

Ever since community transmission returned to Vietnam on January 28, epicenter Hai Duong has recorded as many as 719 infections.

March 13, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam faces ‘low level’ Covid-19 impact risks: report

Vietnam’s handling of the pandemic has meant that its business operations and other domestic activities are exposed to low risk levels from Covid-19 impacts.

This is a conclusion reached by the 2021 annual Travel Risk Map released by International SOS, a travel security services company based in the U.K.

The interactive map ranks countries' level of safety across three main criteria: medical services, security and Covid-19 domestic operation impacts.

The Covid-19 domestic operations impact scale represents the impact of the pandemic on operations within a certain location, analyzing factors such as health and security threat environment, recent Covid-19 case activity as well as trends of new cases, local travel restrictions, mitigation measures in place and the efficacy of mitigation measures as of March 13.

At a low level, Covid-related precautions and restrictions cause some inconvenience to business operations but most businesses are still operating, the company notes in its report.

Vietnam has had to deal with a new wave of Covid-19 since Jan. 28 after a streak of 55 days without community transmissions, but it has sought to avoid deleterious socioeconomic impacts of a nationwide lockdown. Instead, local social distancing measures are being applied in areas hard hit by the pandemic, the report adds.

Thanks to better containment of the Covid-19 outbreak, local travel restrictions and lockdowns on many areas have been lifted.

March 12, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam tourism officials consider Covid-19 vaccine passports

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is working with relevant agencies on a proposal to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists back to the country.

Nguyen Trung Khanh, head of the administration, on Thursday said after working with relevant agencies, it would consult the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to report to the government on the possibility of vaccine passports, a certificate identifying those that have been inoculated against Covid-19.

The move came after many tourism experts suggested the government consider opening up to vaccinated foreign visitors from the third quarter in a similar vein to regional peers to revive the hard-hit tourism industry.

As the world started rolling out Covid-19 vaccine shots, inoculation certificates have emerged to identify those that have been vaccinated for cross-border travel.

China and Israel were the first to issue digital health certificates for travelers who had been vaccinated against Covid-19, also dubbed 'vaccine passports.'

The U.S. and Britain are among countries currently considering issuing similar permits, while the E.U. is also working on its own vaccine 'green pass', allowing those who have had the jab to travel more freely within the region this summer.

March 10, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam confirmed one domestic transmission in the northern pandemic hotspot of Hai Duong and two imported Covid-19 cases Wednesday evening.

The country has recorded 895 local cases since January 28 in 13 localities led by Hai Duong (711), Quang Ninh (61), HCMC (36) and Hanoi (35).

The national Covid-19 tally stands at 2,529 with 2,004 recoveries and 35 deaths.

March 8, 2021 - TuoitreNews: Vietnam reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. The national patient tally stood at 2,512 infections, with 1,920 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

Today is also the day that Covid-19 vaccination begins for frontline workers. The Vietnam Vaccine JSC sent the vaccines to the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases where 900 medical workers are to be given shots.

March 6, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Hai Duong Province reported six new Covid-19 cases Saturday morning, raising its community transmission tally to 701 in over a month.

The health ministry will have an online meeting with authorities in 63 cities and provinces on Saturday to discuss plans on Covid-19 vaccination. It will announce detailed vaccination plans, guidance on vaccination and how to manage the process using certain software.

Prioritized groups will be injected with the first batch of 117,600 AstraZeneca vaccines next Monday after quality checks had been passed.

March 2, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Northern Hai Duong Province reported 11 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday morning, raising its tally to 684 in over a month.

All of the new patients have contacted previously confirmed infections in the province and been isolated in line with the contact tracing protocol.

From the beginning of the pandemic, Vietnam has registered 2,472 Covid-19 cases and 542 are active.

February 26, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam began the second phase of domestic Covid-19 vaccine human trials Friday with 73 volunteers.

Thirty-five volunteers in Hanoi and 38 in southern Long An Province were divided into four groups for the second phase of human trials of Nanocovax, a Vietnamese Covid-19 vaccine produced by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC.

Following their shots, all volunteers would be monitored for 60 minutes. Afterwards, they would be medically monitored by local authorities at home.

February 24, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that this year, Vietnam plans to receive 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the Covax Alliance, 30 million doses of AstraZeneca and 30 million doses of Pfizer.

Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen has signed a plan to receive, preserve, distribute and use the COVID-19 vaccine for the period of 2021-2022 supported by COVAX Facility. Accordingly, the groups of subjects injected with COVID-19 vaccine arranged by priority according to the epidemic situation and in the context of limited supply of this vaccine in Vietnam, including: health workers; Staff involved in epidemic prevention (Steering committees at all levels, staff of quarantine zones, reporters ...); Diplomatic staff, customs officers, immigration officers; Army; Police force; Teacher; People over 65 years old; Group of essential service providers: aviation, transport, tourism; providing electricity and water services; People with chronic diseases; Persons wishing to go to work, study or work abroad; People in epidemic zones according to epidemiological indications.

February 21, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Fifteen more domestic Covid-19 cases were confirmed Sunday evening in Hai Duong, Vietnam's current coronavirus epicenter, raising the northern province's tally to 611.

All of them had been quarantined before being found positive for the coronavirus, and are being treated at the field hospitals in Hai Duong.

From Jan. 28 to Feb. 21, Vietnam has confirmed 791 community transmissions in 13 localities, of which Hai Duong is the biggest hotspot with 611 cases, followed by Quang Ninh (60), HCMC (36), and Hanoi (35).

February 19, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam confirmed 15 new Covid-19 cases Friday evening, all of them in Hai Duong, whose tally in the latest outbreak rises to 590.

Of patients 2348 to 2362, 13 were already quarantined. One was detected in the lockdown area and another during a medical check at the local hospital.

The national tally has gone up to 2,362 with 1,627 recoveries and 35 deaths. Twenty-two recoveries were announced Friday. All the active cases are in stable health, with 163 have tested negative at least once for the novel coronavirus.

More than 140,000 people are quarantined in centralized centers, hospitals, at home and other designated accommodations.

February 16, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: The Health Ministry Tuesday morning confirmed two new locally-transmitted coronavirus cases in northern Hai Duong Province, bringing the tally of the new wave at 679 since community transmissions reemerged in the nation on January 28 after 55 clean days in a row, with Hai Duong topping the list at 501 cases.

Hai Duong, the epicenter of a new coronavirus outbreak that has swept through 13 cities and provinces since late last month, entered a 15-day social distancing starting Tuesday to stem the spread of the virus.

Vietnam's total Covid-19 infection tally is now 2,271 with 1,546 recoveries. Around 128,000 are in quarantine nationwide, either in hospitals, quarantine zones or at home.

February 4, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Northern Hai Duong Province registered 37 more Covid-19 cases Thursday morning, raising Vietnam's domestic tally to 366 since community transmission resurfaced a week ago.

All of the patients are workers at an industrial park in Chi Linh Town where the first case of Hai Duong and also one of the first cases of the ongoing community outbreak was detected.

February 3, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam reports nine more patients linked to Covid-19 hotspot on Wednesday morning, all of them linked to the cluster in northern Hai Duong Province.

Two of the patients are in Hai Duong, four in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, two in Binh Duong Province that borders Ho Chi Minh City, and one in Hanoi.

Numbered from 1883 to 1891, the patients have had contact with people who were infected with the coronavirus from Hai Duong, the epicenter since infections returned to Vietnam's community on January 28.

February 01, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam’s number of local infections in a new coronavirus wave increased to 240 on Monday morning, when two more cases were logged in Hanoi.

The two new patients were linked to the epicenter in Hai Duong Province in the northern region. They are being isolated for treatment in Hanoi.

Vietnam was hit by a new outbreak of infections on January 28, after the country had gone almost two months without any domestic transmission.

A total of 240 local cases have been recorded since then, according to the health ministry’s data.

January 28, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam announces first two local COVID-19 infections since December.

Vietnam's Ministry of Health announced two local COVID-19 infections on Thursday, one of whom had contact with a patient who has tested positive in Japan after leaving the Southeast Asian country over a week ago.

The two patients were the first domestic cases to be confirmed since December 2, according to the health ministry’s data.

They were registered in Hai Duong and Quang Ninh Provinces, both located in northern Vietnam.

January 12, 2021 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested relevant agencies to look into the restoration of regular flight routes to and from other countries to fulfil the dual goal of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting economic development.

The direction was stated by the Government Office in an official document to ministries and local authorities on the implementation of repatriation flights in the first quarter of 2021, which was based on a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

January 4, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: The Health Ministry has proposed that inbound flights are suspended or limited from countries and territories with the new, more contagious coronavirus strain.

The ministry made the proposal after at least 34 countries and territories around the world have reported infections of the SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01 (Variant of Concern, year 2020, month 12, variant 01) first found in the U.K. on December 8.

The variant is said to be 70 percent more transmissible than the old one.

The proposal was submitted to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Sunday after the health ministry confirmed on Saturday that a 44-year-old Vietnamese woman returning home from Britain and quarantined in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh upon arrival was infected with the new virus strain.

January 2, 2021 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam imports first case of UK Covid-19 variant.

A Vietnamese woman returning home from Britain has been found to be infected with the new, more contagious coronavirus strain.

She was among a group of 305 passengers returning to Vietnam by Vietnam Airlines flight VN50 that landed in Can Tho on December 22.

On arrival, they were sent to quarantine facilities in Can Tho and the nearby provinces of Vinh Long and Tra Vinh and HCMC.

December 26, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: Man illegally entering Vietnam tests positive for novel coronavirus.

A man in the Mekong Delta's Vinh Long Province has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after illegally entering Vietnam, passing through several localities including HCMC.

He traveled from Myanmar to Thailand by truck on Dec. 15 and stayed there until Dec. 22, when he and six others got on another truck bound for Cambodia on Dec. 23. On Dec. 24, Tri was driven to a border gate in Tay Ninh, then to HCMC, then got on a different bus to Vinh Long. Throughout his journey, he had made contact with several other people quarantined at the Mang Thit District medical center.

December 18, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: Three-phase human trials of the first made-in-Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine is scheduled to complete in February 2022 after commencing Thursday.

Nanogen said it would complete the first phase in February next year in Hanoi, testing the vaccine with a group of 60 volunteers in collaboration with Vietnam Military Medical University.

The second phase is scheduled to start within February next year and last until August, with 400-600 volunteers aged 12-75 vaccinated. Aside from Vietnam Military Medical University, Nanogen will coordinate with the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and HCMC Pasteur Institute during this phase.

The final phase will last until February 2022, with 1,500-3,000 volunteers aged from 12 to 75 injected with the vaccine in either India, Indonesia, or Bangladesh.

For now, the Ministry of Health has established three delegations to inspect, monitor, and assist the Covid-19 vaccine research team at Nanogen.

December 16, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam readies for Covid-19 vaccine trial.

Vietnam will select 60 among 200 volunteers to be injected with Nanocovax, the first made-in-Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine approved for human trials, from Thursday.

Selected candidates are between 18 and 50 of age. They will receive two intramuscular injections of the vaccine or a placebo, with an interval of 28 days between each jab. Each volunteer will have their health monitored for 56 days to assess the efficiency of the vaccine and continue to be observed for sixth months following administration.

December 14, 2020 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded five imported COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the national tally past the 1,400 mark.

The five patients were quarantined upon arrival by plane as per regulations, the health ministry noted.

Two of the patients landed at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province on Saturday and were sent to collective quarantine in Thai Binh Province upon entry before testing positive for the novel coronavirus one day later. They are treated for COVID-19 in Hanoi.

Two of the remaining patients touched down at Can Tho International Airport in the eponymous city in the Mekong Delta from Indonesia on November 29. They were taken to centralized quarantine in Dong Thap Province after landing.

December 9, 2020 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam seeks volunteers for human trial of COVID-19 vaccine.

More details on volunteer selection will be revealed before human clinical tests of a made-in-Vietnam COVID-19 vaccine take place on December 17, a representative of the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

Nguyen Ngo Quang, deputy director of the Department of Science, Technology and Training under the Ministry of Health, said the ministry approves of and encourages the public to sign up for the trial rounds of the vaccine.

December 7, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: More than 3,200 people suspected to have come into contact with HCMC’s four latest community transmissions have tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

The city has since gone five days without recording any new community transmission of the Covid-19 causing virus.

The city has placed under supervision 861 cases of first-generation infections (F1), 1,400 F2, and 1,002 others, including students and teachers, after contact tracing for the four patients.

They have all tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control announced Monday morning.

December 06, 2020 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam to begin testing COVID-19 vaccine on 20 people next week.

The human trial of a made-in-Vietnam COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be conducted on 20 volunteers next week, according to the Ministry of Health.

Developed by Ho Chi Minh City-based Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, the vaccine already underwent animal trials and was assessed by a Vietnamese and foreign agency.

The Vietnam Military Medical University will start testing the vaccine on 20 healthy people on December 10.

Several of them will receive the vaccine on the first day, while the test on the remaining volunteers will be carried out in the next 24 to 48 hours.

December 1, 2020 - VIETNAMNEWS: HCM CITY — For the first time in three months, Vietnam has recorded a community infection of COVID-19.

The patient lives in HCM City and is a friend of a flight attendant from Vietnam Airlines who tested positive on November 29. They came into contact when the latter was under quarantine at her rented house.

The new patient, the 1347th, is a 32-year-old man from Ward 3, District 6 who is a teacher at an English language centre. He is currently in quarantine. Officials are currently tracking people he came into contact with the man in the past few days.

It is understood the new patient had visited a karaoke bar and a cafe over the past few days.

Those businesses have been closed, and the authority has sent officers to spray the premises with disinfectant.

Staff who work at places the man has visited, have been requested to self-isolate at home and have COVID-19 tests. There have been 38 F1 cases and 154 F2 reported relating to this latest case.

December 1, 2020 - According to VNE: Regarding the new medical immigration and monitoring process of the Ministry of Health, which is still in draft, visitors to Vietnam are classified into three groups:

Group one: Vietnamese citizens, foreigners who are relatives of Vietnamese citizens.

Group two: Foreigners who are experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers, experts and relatives (parents, spouses, children) who enter Vietnam to stay and stay stay for 14 days or more; students, international students.

Group three: Foreigners entering for diplomatic or official purposes; Foreign experts working in Vietnam for less than 14 days.

In addition to the above groups, others will be authorized by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19. The crew belongs to this "other" group.

October 1, 2020 - Vietnam-Briefing: Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,094 cases of COVID-19. However, 1,010 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest cases were all imported and quarantined on arrival.

Vietnam’s Immigration Department has announced another automatic stay extension for foreigners stranded in Vietnam due to the pandemic until October 31. The measure applies to those who entered since March 1 allowing them to leave the country without any penalty or official procedures. Those that have entered prior to March 1 are also eligible provided they show documents by their embassies or by Vietnamese authorities to confirm they were quarantined or treated for COVID-19.

September 30, 2020 - Straits Times: Singapore will unilaterally lift border restrictions to visitors from Australia - excluding Victoria state - and Vietnam from Oct 8. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Wednesday (Sept 30) that these two countries both have comprehensive public health surveillance systems and have successfully controlled the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak.

"The risk of importation from these countries is low," said the authority, noting that over the last 28 days, Vietnam had zero local Covid-19 cases while Australia (excluding Victoria state) had a low virus incidence rate of 0.02 cases per 100,000 people.

Visitors from Australia and Vietnam will be able to apply for the Air Travel Pass for entry into Singapore from Thursday. The earliest day they will be able to come into Singapore will be Oct 8, 2020.

However, Vietnam will continue to main entry restrictions and only approve the entry of diplomats, high-skilled workers, and investors with strict health protocols.

September 18, 2020 - ABC NEWS: Vietnam will resume international commercial flights to South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan on a weekly basis. Flights connecting to Cambodia and Laos will resume next week.

The flights, however, are reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors and their families. They are not yet available for tourists.

August 31, 2020 Five Covid-19 patients in HCMC, including an American martial artist and his wife, were discharged Monday, along with 12 others in Hanoi and Da Nang. Vietnam has recorded 1,040 Covid-19 cases to date, with 297 active cases and 33 deaths.

August 18, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: 19 were repatriates treated in Hanoi, including 18 men from Equatorial Guinea and another from Bangladesh, aged between 28 and 54.

In Quang Nam, 11 recoveries are three men and eight women.

The six patients in Hue still stay in Hue Central Hospital for treatment of other comorbidities. Other 23 patients recovering in Da Nang.

August 17, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam’s Covid-19 active count has dropped to 475 after nine infectees were confirmed free of the disease Monday morning.

Six of them received treatment at the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases. They are three women and one man aged 28-35, employed at the Da Nang Hospital, a 22-year-old female medical intern there, and a woman aged 61.

The others are three men who were treated at Da Nang City’s Hoa Vang District field hospital.

August 16, 2020 Ten patients linked to Da Nang, Vietnam’s Covid-19 epicenter, were announced recovered Saturday night, bringing the nation’s active cases down to 480.

The nine recoveries discharged from Hoa Vang District field hospital in Da Nang included “Patient 467,” “Patient 684,” “Patient 706,” “Patient 768,” “Patient 801,” “Patient 799,” “Patient 809,” “Patient 813,” and “Patient 826.”

Remaining “Patient 783” was discharged from Da Nang Lung Hospital.

August 14, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: Five Covid-19 patients in central Da Nang City were announced recovered Friday, decreasing Vietnam’s tally of active cases to 460.

The three female and two male patients, between 29 and 50 years of age, were treated at Hoa Vang District medical center. All tested negative for the novel coronavirus twice before announced virus free.

The center, which has been turned into a field hospital serving Covid-19 patients, on Thursday confirmed 10 others to have recovered.

August 13, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: A toddler, a pregnant woman and 10 other adults were announced Covid-19 free Thursday, sending Vietnam’s active cases down to 444.

Among them, eight are residents of Da Nang, with the remaining four hailing from neighboring Quang Nam Province. All were discharged Thursday morning after contracting infection via community transmissions related to the coastal city outbreak.

August 12, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: With their test results for the new coronavirus all returning negative after mass screening, 625 visitors to Da Nang will fly back to HCMC this week.

The tourists, including over 50 foreigners, had their samples taken for testing on August 9, as requested by the HCMC Health Department. They were tested once.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in central Da Nang City, Vietnam’s Covid-19 epicenter, has since confirmed all as negative and ready to return to HCMC on three flights departing 3 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday.

Doctor Nguyen Ngoc Thuy Duong, from the HCMC CDC, told VTV once they touched down at Tan Son Nhat Airport, all passengers would be taken to quarantine camps as per regulations imposed on those returning from Covid-19 stricken areas.

August 11, 2020 - TTO: This morning, August 11, the Ministry of Health announced that there were no new cases of COVID-19 infection, the number of people infected nationwide was stopping at 847 cases and this was the 2nd morning in a row with no more patients. After half a month, there are days with the most cases up to 80 cases/day, including one morning the number of new patients is up to 45.

The Ministry of Health said that the number of new cases related to Da Nang is stopping at 389 cases from July 25 to now, the number of localities having patients continues stopping at 15 localities. Experts assess that the number of cases is still sporadic, not a wide outbreak.

At Da Nang, the center of pandemic last week, Mr. Nguyen Truong Son - Deputy Minister of Health, Head of the permanent anti-epidemic unit of the Ministry of Health, shared the possibility that the epidemic would peak by the end of this week, then the incidence would go down.

August 10, 2020 - TTO: Vietnam logged zero new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, the first time in over 10 days.

Vietnam has documented 841 coronavirus infections since January 23, when it registered the first-ever patient, the Ministry of Health said. Three hundred and seventeen of the total are imported cases quarantined upon arrival. Eleven have succumbed to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, while 395 have beaten the pathogen to date. Vietnam reported no new patients from 6:00 pm on Sunday to 6:00 am on Monday, the first time in more than ten days. The health ministry has confirmed 384 cases traced to Da Nang, a beach city in central Vietnam, since July 25, when the first domestic infection was logged there after 99 days of zero community transmission.

The country’s death toll has risen to 13 so far, Nguyen Truong Son, Minister of Health, said from Da Nang, a national outbreak epicenter now.

August 10, 2020 - Vietnamnews: According to Assoc. Prof. Trần Đắc Phu, head of Department of Preventive Medicine under the health ministry, said anti-pandemic measures have been carried out aggressively and effectively in Đà Nẵng, which is now under lockdown. At this point, it could be said that the outbreak in Đà Nẵng is under control, Phu said.

July 31, 2020 - Vietnamnews: ĐÀ NẴNG — The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Việt Nam has topped the 500 mark, after 45 new community transmissions were detected in Đà Nẵng. The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced the new cases on Friday morning, taking the total tally of infections to 509.There have now been 93 community infections since July 25, and Friday’s figures are the largest amount recorded in a single day since the first case back in January.

According to Tuoitre News - TTO - According to information at the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on the afternoon of July 31, 2020, Vietnam had one COVID-19 patient die. This Patient 428 died from myocardial infarction on severe medical background and COVID-19.

According to information from the Ministry of Health, the first case of death - case 428, was recorded on July 31, 2020 as a 70-year-old male patient with a permanent address in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

The patient entered the Department of Internal Medicine - Urology (Da Nang Hospital) on July 9 with a diagnosis of end-stage kidney disease; undergoing hemodialysis.

Patients with a history of blood pressure, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, pneumonia. The patient was sampled and confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 on July 27. The patient has just transferred to Hue at noon July 30, 2020.

July 28, 2020 - ABC NEWS: HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam on Tuesday locked down its third-largest city for two weeks after 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital, the government said.

The new cases in the central city of Da Nang are the first confirmed to be locally transmitted in the country in over three months.

As of Afternoon of July 28th, 2020, a total of 438 cororonavirus cases found in Vietnam.

June 15, 2020 - NDO/VNA: Vietnam confirmed it had no new COVID-19 cases on June 15, marking 60 consecutive days without community transmission in the country, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Of the 334 cases recorded in Vietnam so far, 194 were imported and quarantined upon arrival.

Some 323 patients, or 96.7% of all cases, have recovered and zero deaths have been reported.

Two of the 11 active patients have tested negative for the coronavirus once and three at least twice.

The British pilot known as Patient No 91 has regained consciousness and shown improvement.

Some 8,792 people who had close contact with patients or came from pandemic-hit areas are now under quarantine in Vietnam.

May 27, 2020 - TUOITRENEWS: Vietnam to grant e-visa to citizens from 80 countries from July 1

Citizens from 80 countries will be allowed to get an e-visa from July 1, 2020, the government said in a resolution signed on Monday.

The 79/NQ-CP resolution was issued in line with the Law on Foreigners’ Entry Into, Exit From, Transit Through and Residence in Vietnam.

The 80 countries include Austria, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, the UAE, Germany, India, South Korea, the U.S., Italy, Finland, France, China, Brazil, Canada, Russia, the UK, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, and more.

The resolution also details eight airports, 16 land border gates, and 13 sea border gates where foreigners can enter and exit Vietnam with an e-visa.

The eight airports are Noi Bai in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa Province, Da Nang in the namesake city, Cat Bi in Hai Phong, Can Tho in the eponymous city, Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province, and Phu Bai in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The 16 land border gates include Tay Trang in Dien Bien Province, Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province, Huu Nghi in Lang Son Province, Lao Cai in the namesake province, Na Meo in Thanh Hoa Province, Nam Can in Nghe An Province, Cau Treo in Ha Tinh Province, Cha Lo in Quang Binh Province, La Lay and Lao Bao in Quang Tri Province, Bo Y in Kon Tum Province, Moc Bai and Xa Mat in Tay Ninh Province, Tinh Bien and Song Tien in An Giang Province, and Ha Tien in Kien Giang Province.

The 13 ports of entry by sea are Hon Gai and Cam Pha in Quang Ninh Province, Hai Phong in the eponymous city, Nghi Son in Thanh Hoa Province, Vung Ang in Ha Tinh Province, Chan May in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Da Nang in the namesake city, 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 in the namesake city, and Duong Dong in Kien Giang Province.

NOTE: This new policy is effective from July 1, 2020, however Due to Covid-19, international visitor still can not enter Vietnam at this time. We will update on this page when we have new information.

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Travellers can apply directly for e-Visas here: Vietnam e-Visa Official Website

May 06, 2021 - Ministry of Public Security - Foreigners who entered Vietnam on visa waivers, e-visas or tourist visas from March 1st, 2020 are entitled to automatic stay extension until May 30th, 2021 and can depart from Vietnam without having to apply for stay extension. For those who entered Vietnam before March 1st, 2020, the same automatic stay extension until May 30th, 2021 can be considered, subject to provision of proof that the person was stranded in Vietnam due to Covid-19, accompanied by a diplomatic Note (with Vietnamese translation) from relevant diplomatic missions, or a written document from relevant Vietnamese authorities confirming that the person was required to undergo mandatory quarantine or treatment for Covid-19, or advice of other force majeure. The person is required to present the diplomatic Note or written document on departure from Vietnam.

During the “automatic stay extension” period, foreigners are required to complete temporary residence and health status declaration.

May 22, 2020 - VNEXPRESS: Vietnam’s tourism industry is preparing different plans to welcome foreign visitors from countries and territories that have contained the coronavirus pandemic.

Nguyen Trung Khanh, director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said the industry is preparing plans to welcome visitors from countries and territories that have responded effectively to the pandemic.

Ken Atkinson, vice chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board, said the first countries to target could be Australia and New Zealand, which are responding well to the Covid-19 crisis. "However, as China and Korea are our two biggest inbound source markets it is important to have plans in place to reopen travel from those markets as soon as it is safe," he said. Atkinson told at a tourism meeting Thursday that Vietnam can consult Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand on opening separate resorts for foreign tourists to ensure their safety.

March 22, 2020 Until further notice, Vietnam has suspended entry for all foreign nationals. Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country at this time. Anyone entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

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, 2020. Travellers still in the country should declare their temporary residence to local police, through their landlords or hotels, and must complete Vietnam's online health declaration here.

Visitors who entered the country before March 1 may be considered for the extension, provided they can show an official letter from their embassy or consulate stating they were unable to leave the country due to objective reasons. Foreigners who have undergone quarantine or treatment for Covid-19 in Vietnam are also eligible for the extension. They must bring their certification documents to show immigration officials when leaving Vietnam.

Latest Updates about International Flights to Vietnam after Covid-19.

April 03, 2020 VIETNAM BRIEFING - Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines resumed some international flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with South Korea, Japan, and Australia from April 3. Low-cost carrier VietJet has also resumed services including to Taiwan and Thailand. However, only repatriated approved Vietnamese citizens and approved foreign experts will be allowed to enter Vietnam.

December 02, 2020 TUOITRENEWS - Vietnam will suspend all inbound commercial flights after it detected its first COVID-19 outbreak in nearly three months, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday.

He said inbound evacuation flights can continue but anyone coming in will still have to go into 14 days of quarantine.

Sept 07, 2020 TUOITRENEWS - Vietnam is planning to reopen regular international air routes later this month. The passengers will be mainly Vietnamese citizens and foreign experts and skilled laborers from China, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Cambodia, and Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Transport.

June 26, 2020 CNN – A planeful of Japanese BUSINESS TRAVELLERS landed in Vietnam on June 25, marking the first flight between the two countries since they imposed border restrictions in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Tourists are not yet allowed to enter Vietnam.

Vietnam almost completely sealed off its borders to foreign nationals in March, while Japan currently bans residents of more than 100 cointries and regions.

June 16th, 2020 Kyodo News – Japan will ease travel restrictions imposed to keep the novel coronavirus pandemic in check, starting with flights to Vietnam on a limited basis later this month, government sources said Monday.

A chartered flight is being arranged to fly around 250 Japanese businesspeople, the sources said, adding they will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam and when they return to Japan on condition that they test negative for the coronavirus.

May 21, 2020 VGP – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has coordinated with relevant competent agencies to arrange 18 flights to bring Vietnamese nationals back home between May 18 and June 15.

May 19, 2020 VNEXPRESS - In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Vietnam has imposed several travel restrictions on those entering the country. As of May 19, Vietnam had confirmed 324 cases of COVID-19, though 263 of the patients had recovered.

May 8th, 2020 HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s civil aviation authority (CAAV) is seeking government approval to partially resume international flights from June 1 to “revive the hit-hard aviation industry”.

As Vietnam has gone more than three weeks without coronavirus community transmission, CAAV has proposed reconnecting international flights with limited frequency, giving priority to foreign experts and investors.

On April 1, 2020 Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport suspended all scheduled passenger flights to the country effective immediately until further notice in a move to stop the COVID-19 spread. Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the region.

Cargo flights, foreign officials, business managers, diplomatic medical missions are exempt from the ban.

Latest Updates about Domestic Flights in Vietnam after Covid-19

Latest All domestic flights in Vietnam have resumed normal.

May 5, 2020 Vietnam Airlines restores all domestic routes, Vietjet, Bamboo Airways and Jetstar also re-open all domestic routes after May 10, 2020.

April 25, 2020 Vietnam Air restores key domestic route to 30% of normal. Vietnam Air will start to operate up to 13 flights per day between the capital and the nation's largest city, marking a return to about 30% of normal routes. The connection had been limited to just one daily flight during the lockdown.

Photo by: vietnamairlines.com

April 14, 2020 HANOI, (Reuters) - Vietnam’s civil aviation authority (CAAV) said on Tuesday that domestic flights would remain suspended, after airlines announced they were set to resume after the expiry of a government order for 15 days of social distancing.

“In order to strictly implement social distancing and curb the spread of the coronavirus, airlines are not allowed to sell tickets for flights from April 16,” the CAAV said in a statement.

March 31, 2020 Vietnamese airlines carriers reduced most of domestic routes from April 1,2020 till further notice. Only a minimum frequency will be maintained on the routes to meet urgent needs with the strictest epidemic standards. All flight crews on all flights are equipped with medical protective gears.

Vietnam Visa Policy
Prior Covid-19

Vietnam Visa Exemptions PRIOR COVID-19 (Prior 2020)

Vietnam offers visa exemptions ranging from 14 to 90 days to citizens of 24 countries holding valid ordinary passports. The full list of countries with visa exemptions is below. To view visa exemptions for diplomatic and other passports, please visit this link.

TIP: All nationalities traveling directly to Phu Quoc Island can visit the island for 30 days visa-free. To do this you will need to show an outbound ticket on arrival in Vietnam.

VIETNAM VISA EXEMPTION

Area Country Term of residence
Asia Thailand Less than 30 days
  Malaysia Less than 30 days
  Singapore Less than 30 days
  Indonesia Less than 30 days
  Cambodia Less than 30 days
  Lao Less than 30 days
  Philippines Less than 21 days
  Myanmar Less than 14 days
  Brunei Less than 14 days
  South Korea Less than 15 days
  Japan Less than 15 days
  Kyrgyzstan Less than 30 days
Area Country Term of residence
Europe Russia Less than 15 days
  Sweden Less than 15 days
  Denmark Less than 15 days
  Finland Less than 15 days
  Norway Less than 15 days
  UnitedKingdom Less than 15 days
  France Less than 15 days
  Germany Less than 15 days
  Spain Less than 15 days
  Italy Less than 15 days
  Belarus Less than 15 days
South America Chile Less than 90 days

Notes on visa exemptions:

  • As of Mar. 21, 2020, Vietnam will temporarily suspend visa exemptions for citizens from Belarus, Russia, and Japan.
  • Starting Mar. 8, 2020 Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa exemptions for citizens of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and as well as other countries with more than 500 cases or grow more than 50 cases a day.
  • As of Feb. 29, 2020 visa exemptions for South Koreans will be temporarily suspended until further notice, and as of Mar. 2, 2020 visa exemptions for Italians will also be temporarily suspended.
  • The exemptions listed above for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belarus, Finland, Japan, South Korea, and Russia are valid until Dec. 31, 2022.
  • The exemptions listed above for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy are valid until June 30, 2021.
  • Spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens are allowed to stay in the country without a visa for six months and must show papers proving their eligibility. For full requirements, please visit this link.

Vietnam Electronic Visa (e-Visa)

Vietnam's e-Visa is now available to nationals of 80 countries: Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macau passports), Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

The e-Visa takes three working days to process, costs 25 USD, and is a single-entry visa, valid for 30 days. You can enter Vietnam on an e-Visa at any of the country's eight international airports, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, as well as 14 land crossings and seven seaports.

What is Vietnam’s e-Visa?

Vietnam's e-Visa is one of several visa types offered by the Vietnam Immigration Department to foreigners entering the country. The e-Visa is valid for 30 days, and single entry only. The e-Visa costs 25 USD for card payments. It requires three full working days to process. As of February 2019, Vietnam's e-Visa is available to nationals of 80 countries.

Travellers can apply directly for e-Visas here: Vietnam e-Visa Official Website


How to Apply for Vietnam's e-Visa:

Step 1: Prepare the required materials:

  • One 4x6 passport photo in .jpg format with a white background, without glasses
  • One photo in .jpg format of your passport data page
  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • Your temporary address in Vietnam and points of entry and exit
  • Debit or credit card for payment

Step 2: Click this link or access www.immigration.gov.vn and go to 'E-visa Issuance' then click on the link for 'Outside Vietnam foreigners'.

Step 3: Upload your .jpg images (passport data page and passport photo) and fill out the required fields on the form completely. Submit your form.

Step 4: Pay the e-Visa fee of 25 USD. Copy down the document code provided.

Step 5: Within three working days you should receive news of your e-Visa application via email. If not, you can also run a search for your e-Visa at this link.

Step 6: Use your document code to locate your e-Visa online. Download and print the e-Visa in two copies for extra safety.

TIP: Travellers with an e-Visa can go directly to immigration counters at their point of entry and do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters.


Where to Download Your Vietnam e-Visa

After applying for your e-Visa online, you’ll need to wait three working days for your visa to be released. After three days, you may search for your visa at this link.

Enter your registration code, email, and date of birth to gain access to your visa. Download the .pdf file and print your e-Visa in two copies for safety when travelling. If three working days have passed and your visa is still unavailable, email Vietnam's e-Visa Support at this page.


How to Use Your e-Visa in Vietnam

Your e-Visa is valid for entry at any of 28 international checkpoints within the country, including eight international airports. For the full list of airports, seaports and border crossings where the e-Visa is accepted, please click here.

Upon arrival in Vietnam, submit your passport and your printed e-Visa at the immigration counter.

TIP: Keep your printed e-Visa to show on departure.


Common Questions about e-Visas

- Can I get an extension on my 30-day e-Visa?
Yes, but this can only be done from within Vietnam.

- Can I enter Vietnam after the entry date on my application?
Your visa is valid from the start to end dates specified. You can enter the country any time within those dates.

- Do I need to queue at the Visa on Arrival counter in Vietnam?
You do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters. You can bring your printed e-Visa and passport directly to the immigration counter.


Vietnam Visa on Arrival

If you are planning a multiple-entry visit or a stay of more than 30 days, you will want to apply for a visa on arrival. To do this you'll need:

1. A 4x6 passport photo with a white background and no glasses
2. A filled-out visa application form
3. A passport or substitute ID valid for six months from the date you plan to enter Vietnam
4. Payment (25 USD to 50 USD) for visa fees, and
5. A Letter of Approval from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate (if you are picking up your visa at the airport)

If you are near a Vietnamese embassy or consulate, you can submit your photo, application form, passport, and visa fee in person. This website will guide you through the process.
If you are unable to reach a Vietnamese embassy, or are short on time, there are trusted services online who can provide you a valid Letter of Approval for a fee. Bring this letter and together with a visa application form and your other documents to the Visa on Arrival counter at the airport when you land.

TIP: You will need to pay your visa stamp fee in USD or Vietnamese Dong on arrival at the airport.

Vietnam’s e-Visa is a simple, online visa approval process available to citizens of 80 countries. Payment and delivery of the e-Visa is done entirely online, and takes three working days. This article lists everything you need to know about applying for Vietnam’s e-Visa. For information about Vietnam's visa on arrival, and visa exemptions.


Getting to Vietnam by Plane

There are 22 airports in Vietnam: 11 domestic and 11 international. The three main gateways are Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (HAN), Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Da Nang International Airport in Danang (DAD).

Tan Son Nhat and the Da Nang airport have domestic terminals in walking distance from the international terminal. Hanoi's domestic terminal is a short ride from the international terminal.

Most Asian countries have direct flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. Travelers can also fly directly into Da Nang from destinations around the region. Budget airlines, such AirAsia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways, and Cebu Pacific, are increasingly popular alternatives for those flying to/from Vietnam to other Southeast Asian destinations.


Getting to Vietnam by Bus or Train

New routes and services are making it easier everyday to reach Vietnam from neighbouring countries of China, Laos, and Cambodia. Travelers entering Vietnam this way will want to make sure they have their visas ready beforehand, as there are no Visas on Arrival at land crossings within Vietnam.

China
There are direct trains between Hanoi (the only point of rail departure for China within Vietnam) and Beijing via the Dong Dang border, with stops at Nanning and Guilin. From Hanoi, the train departs every Tuesday and Friday at 6:30 pm with a total traveling time of 42 hours. You can book your tickets from Hanoi in advance through reputable online services such as Bao Lau or SinhTourist.

Laos
There are local bus companies in Laos touting cheap fares to Vietnam, but we recommend using an international bus service running from Savannakhet or Vientiane to Hanoi, Hue, Vinh, or Da Nang. These direct lines will help you avoid the difficulties that sometimes arise with local bus agents. It's also possible to get a bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, but the ride can run up to 24 hours, much of it on rough roads.

Cambodia
A number of public buses and express shuttles ply the route between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City every day, via the Moc Bai border. Modern buses outfitted with air-conditioning make for a more pleasant trip, so try to find one that looks well maintained or spring for one of the modern express shuttles such as Sapaco Tourist or Mekong Express. The ride is usually six hours long. Be sure to have your visas for Vietnam ready before you reach the border.


Getting to Vietnam by Boat

For those looking for a fun route, a boat trip through the Mekong Delta makes for an enjoyable and scenic entry into Southern Vietnam. Tour agencies in Phnom Penh and in Vietnam can arrange boat trips from Cambodia into the country. You can expect to pass through one of two crossings -- Vinh Xuong or Tinh Bien -- along the way. Trips usually end in Can Tho, about 170 km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Sources: vietnam.travel

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