With efforts to monitor the situation and installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures, Vietnam is highly appreciated by health organizations around the world for the prevention of Covid-19.
From a country bordering China with high livel of risk, Vietnam has limited the number of people infected by strict measures. This is a remarkable achievement when compared with other countries in Asia such as Korea, Japan or Singapore, even European countries like Italy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States on February 27 decided to remove Vietnam from the list of destinations vulnerable to community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
By the morning of March 13, in Vietnam:
- A total of 44 confirmed cases have been reported for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Among them, 16/44 cases have been cured and discharged from hospital. Current confirmed cases are being quarantined in Hanoi (4),Quang Ninh Province (4), Lao Cai (2), Da Nang (2), Hue (1), Quang Nam (2), Da Nang (3), Binh Thuan (5).
Aviation, visa and entry policies into Vietnam
- Flights transiting through mainland China are denied entry to Vietnam. Reduced frequency of flights to South Korea. Flights connecting to Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan are operational with many airlines running reduced routes.
- Non-Vietnamese nationals who have transited through mainland China, Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk in South Korea within the past 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam (with the exception of those travelling for business purposes, who will be subject to a compulsory 14-day quarantine upon landing).
- All travellers entering Vietnam from South Korea, Italy and Iran must carry out medical declarations and 14-day medical quarantine before entering the country. Starting March 1, flights from South Korea to Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) will be rerouted to land at Van Don (Quang Ninh) and Can Tho airport respectively.
After recording a series of cases of natives returning and travelers coming from Europe, Vietnam has decided:
- All travellers are required to submit medical declarations upon arrival in Vietnam. For instructions on how to make online medical declarations, visit https://tokhaiyte.vn/help.
- Suspend unilateral visa exemptions (visa) for 8 European countries including Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, UK, Germany, France, Spain. Earlier, Vietnam had temporarily suspended visa exemption for Korean and Italian citizens.
- Consider restricting entry to old people who already have background pathology.
What Vietnam Is Doing To Prevent The Disease
Vietnam has closely monitored the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak since its start, and has installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of its citizens and travellers.
- Develope a treatment protocol and is implementing it in health centers in all 63 provinces and cities. Vietnam has successfully isolated the corona virus, enabling tests to give quick and accurate results.
- Establish 45 Emergency Response Teams to combat infections of corona virus.
- Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has released instructions to the People’s Committees of local provinces and cities to:
– Temporarily cancel all festivals, including ongoing festivals, in provinces that have announced cases of the nCoV virus.
– Temporarily cancel almost activities at tourism sites and heritage sites across the country (except for specific cases) and avoid staging any large gatherings or events. Pedestrian and walking zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves.
- Temporary close all public school in all 63 provinces.
- Vietnam Tourism Association has officially issued safety criteria for Covid-19 epidemic.
4 levels of quarantine in Vietnam when detecting an infected person:
Level 1: Move infected and potentially exposed people into quarantine. These potentially exposed people have directly contacted with patients.
Level 2: Move people having near contact with infected patients or their relations into isolation wards.
Level 3: Home-based self-quarantine for people have contacted with patients in case of level at 2
Level 4: Apply quarantine to the whole community in case of high number of infected cases
The virus can’t stop us from exploring, as long as we have the appropriate protection!
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Path of infection:
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. The virus spreads from person to person through close contact with infected body fluids. Depending on the degree of spread of the virus, coughing, sneezing or shaking hands can make people infected.
Recommendations for travelers to prevent infection include:
1. Seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Share your travel schedule with medical staff.
If you feel sick when traveling, you should immediately notify the airline, railway or road staff.
2. Some notes:
– Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
– Maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and clean water; or alcohol-based hand cleaners.
– When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a sleeve. After using a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash. Wash hands immediately.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
– Safe food practices. Only use foods that are cooked and ensure food safety
– Do not spit indiscriminately in public
– Avoid close contact with farmed or wild animals, whether live, sick or dead.
3. Use a medical mask properly
– When using a respirator, make sure the respirator covers the mouth and nose and avoid touching the respirator while in use.
– If using disposable masks, immediately put them in the trash after use. Wash your hands after removing the mask.
Hotline in Vietnam:
Travellers are advised to report to the Ministry of Health by calling 19003228 if they have visited outbreak areas in the last 14 days, are experiencing flu symptoms and have a compromised immune system.
Despite the complicated situation of the epidemic, visitors should not be too worried. Follow medical instructions and monitor the situation closely. Travel Sense Asia wish you a safe journey!