Immigration Services: Updates on Quarantine Procedures and Vaccine Drive

Update from the government regarding Quarantine Procedures and Vaccine rollout which affecting foreigners living in Vietnam & entering.

When the world grapples with the consequences of the covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam sees its own share of rising cases. To keep the transmission in control, the government is taking stringent actions, ensuring the safe-keeping of the citizens as well as the foreign entities entering the country to start a business.

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On January 5, 2021, the Vietnamese government published Directive 01/CT-TTg, which calls for stricter border and quarantine controls.

Updates on Quarantine Protocols

The urgency of the situation calls for the Vietnamese authorities to take the notch up in quarantine protocols for individuals entering the country. Imposing a quarantine is the only way to ensure the transmission doesn’t go beyond the borders and into the country.

Hence, foreign citizens are subject to Vietnamese local laws and regulations while visiting or living in Vietnam. They are to comply with the Vietnamese government’s testing and quarantine requirements. Embassies or Consulates cannot intervene in the quarantine rules.

Travelers currently permitted to enter Vietnam must undergo a mandatory 3-week quarantine upon arrival. Those who are allowed to enter are Vietnamese nationals, diplomats on official duty, and exceptional cases include specialists, business managers, international investors, and high-tech staff of firms participating in major projects as approved by the Vietnamese government, as well as their family members. One can also visit the Vietnamese government’s website for further information about approved quarantine areas.

Related: Read About Expanding into Vietnam with an Investor Visa

If required, the Vietnamese government may prolong quarantine periods or implement post-quarantine mobility restrictions in order to prevent the virus from spreading. All testing and quarantine charges must be paid by all tourists entering Vietnam. Foreign nationals with concerns about this matter should contact the Vietnamese government immediately.

Updates on Covid-19 Vaccine

Vietnam is going through the process of ensuring a speedy vaccination drive in the country for community immunity. Although there’s not been a rigorous vaccination, there has been some important development on the matter. 

COVID-19 vaccination has been initiated in Vietnam. As of 4 p.m. on June 28, 2021, a total of 3,497,104 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered. In which, the number of people who have been fully vaccinated with 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine is 172,994 people.

Only those in certain ‘priority categories’ are being vaccinated by the government, which includes the following 11 groups:

  1. Medical staff;
  2. Employees participating in epidemic prevention (steering committees at all levels, isolation area staff, reporters …)
  3. Diplomats, customs officers, immigration officers;
  4. Army;
  5. Police force;
  6. Teacher;
  7. Persons over 65 years old;
  8. Group providing essential services: aviation, transportation, tourism, providing electricity and water services…;
  9. People with chronic diseases;
  10. Persons wishing to go on a business trip, study or work abroad;
  11. People in epidemic areas according to epidemiological indications;

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health declared on April 28 that 318,792 people in priority categories have been vaccinated.

Vietnam has yet to declare an official strategy to vaccinate foreigners and individuals not listed in defined priority groups.

The COVID-19 vaccine from Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Sputnik V vaccine have been certified for emergency use in Vietnam by the government. In 2021, Vietnamese health officials plan to receive 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccination. Anyone with queries concerning vaccine access in Vietnam should contact the Vietnamese Ministry of Health immediately.

The government reported on May 16, 2021, that COVAX has delivered an extra 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Entry and Exit Requirements

Vietnam continues to allow pre-approved foreigners and their families in exempted categories to enter the country. These individuals will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine upon arrival. On May 14, the Vietnamese government issued Telegram 03/CD-LDTBXH to provincial people’s committees. It asked for more thorough management of foreign workers in Vietnam to detect illegal migrants. Those who do not comply with Vietnamese law may be subject to deportation. 

All entrants into Vietnam will be placed under medical surveillance for at least 28 days(21 days for a mandatory quarantine and 07 days at home). A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required for entry. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. All passengers using public means of transport must complete an online health declaration.

Non-Compliance Can Result in Fines

On November 15, 2020, the Government of Vietnam issued Decree 117/2020/ND-CP regarding fines for non-compliance in the medical sector. Violators who fail to take personal protective measures in accordance with health agency instructions will face severe administrative and criminal consequences under this Decree. According to Vietnamese media, the Vietnamese government has sought harsh penalties against such violators.

How Cekindo Can Help

Depending on the length of stay and other conditions, foreigners who want to stay and operate lawfully in Vietnam will need either a business visa or a work permit. Vietnam, like many other countries around the world, is known for its strict laws when it comes to welcoming and allowing foreign nationals to enter the country.

Cekindo, which is made up of a team of experienced and qualified visa specialists, can ensure that you apply for the correct visa and have a smooth visa application process.

UPDATE: Due to recent developments and updates to immigration law Cekindo will ONLY supply Visas to those also applying for a Business Registration or any other service that Cekindo Offers.

Covid Vaccine Vietnam
Vaccines arriving in Vietnam. Source: SCMP

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