Following the outbreak of COVID-19 beginning from Wuhan (China), Vietnamese government associated with all sectors and departments have been seriously promulgating strict policies, regulations as well as taking drastic actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vietnam.

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February 27th: CDC USA removed Vietnam from list of areas vulnerable to community spread of SARS-CoV-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on February 27 decided to remove Vietnam from the list of destinations vulnerable to community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

The decision was made during a teleconference between the Vietnamese Embassy in the United States and the United States Department of State, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the CDC.

See information at the CDC website

This might be helpful: Coronavirus: Is It Safe to Travel to Vietnam Now?

35 Days of Non-community COVID-19 Infection

Vietnam is SAFE to visit now! As one of the countries affected by Covid-19, Vietnam’s rapid response to aggressive and effective disease prevention has been praised by many foreign newspapers such as Germany’s World Youth Daily, English Times Asia, Asia Times, etc. Therefore, more than ever, Vietnam tourism is proud and ready to open and welcome foreign visitors from all over the world to travel to and explore our beautiful S-shaped country!

Until 2020 May 21, Ministry of Health of Vietnam do not record any positive case of nCoV, marking 35 days without detecting cases of infection in the community.

Moreover, among total of 324 infections, 264 were cured. Of the 60 patients being treated, three patients had a negative test one time, five ones had a second negative test. The latest 184 detected cases were ALL from abroad, as known as the “entry” cases and quarantined immediately upon their arrival.

Vietnam’s Efforts and Actions to Prevent COVID-19 in Vietnam

Info for Travellers on COVID-19 Coronavirus in Vietnam (Live Updates)

1. Cancellation of all flights from and to China from 13:00 on February 1st and from and to South Korea until further notice.

2. 14-day quarantine for all cases having contact with people from the epidemic area (1) returning from China, (2) contact with infected people as well as those at risk of COVID-19 infection.

3. Closure of overland border crossings between China and Vietnam.

4. Medical declaration and screening of all travelers before entry to Vietnam.

5. Strengthened disease screening at international points of entry.

6. 45 quick response medical teams set up to assist hospitals nationwide.

7. Four hospitals designated with more than 4,000 beds by Ministry of Defense to handle potential cases.

8. Cancellation of festivals and tourism activities countrywide until further notice.

9. Temporary closure of public schools in 63 provinces.

10. Recommendation to strictly follow standard prevention measures according to WHO, especially washing hands frequently.

Important Information for Travelers on COVID-19 in Vietnam

Suspended visa exemptions for travelers to Vietnam

Vietnam has temporarily suspended visa exemptions for citizens of these countries:

  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway

Countries with more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or more than 50 new cases per day, can also expect to have visa exemptions to Vietnam suspended at this time. Vietnam may refuse to grant visas to travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19.

With special exceptions only, all travelers arriving from and who have transited through mainland China, Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk within the past 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam at this time.

Since February 1, all flights to and from mainland China on all airlines have been indefinitely suspended by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. Flights connecting to Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan are operational with many airlines running reduced routes.

Flight changes related to COVID-19 in Vietnam in detail: Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways have suspended flights between South Korea and Vietnam, while other airlines have reduced flights between the two countries. Jetstar Pacific will suspend flights from Da Nang to Kaohsiung and Taipei from March 5 to 31, while Vietjet will suspend flights between Vietnam and Korea from July 7.

E-mail medical declarations, medical checks & quarantines

1. From March 7, all inbound travellers coming to Vietnam will be required to submit a health declaration upon arrival. Travellers can fill out the declaration at the airport or submit it in advance here.

2. Travellers showing symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to carry out medical checks, and placed in a 14-day quarantine at designated health facilities in Vietnam.

3. All travellers entering Vietnam from or having transited through mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, and Iran must carry out medical declarations and medical checks upon entering the country.

4. All visitors are required to comply with regulations on epidemic prevention and health screening upon landing in Vietnam’s airports.

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Closures and Cancellations Due to COVID-19 in Vietnam

1. A number of festivals and events in Vietnam have been cancelled or postponed in alignment with the government’s directive to avoid public gatherings. Among the cancelled festivals this year are:

  • Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninh
  • Tam Chuc Festival in Ha Nam
  • Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh
  • The Huyen Tran Festival in Hue
  • Activities for Visit Vietnam Year 2020 in Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu have been postponed to a more appropriate time.

2. Organizers have also announced that several tourism and sporting events will be postponed or cancelled:

  • Hue Festival 2020 – Postponed to August 28, 2020
  • Da Lat Sufferfest – Postponed
  • Quang Binh Marathon – Postponed
  • Techcombank Ha Noi Marathon – Postponed
  • Sunrise Sprint – Postponed to May 3, 2020
  • Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2020 – Cancelled
  • Da Lat Ultra Trail 2020 – Postponed to June 19-21, 2020

Vietnam’s inaugural Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 which expected to take place from April 3th to 5th, 2020 will be postponed.

3. Pedestrian and walking zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves. Tourism sites across the country are also setting aside closure days to disinfect their premises.

NOTE: From March 12 to March 26, Ha Long Bay and other attractions in Quang Ninh such as Bai Tu Long Bay and Yen Tu Complex will not be receiving guests.

How Many Cases of COVID-19 in Vietnam?

COVID-19 in Vietnam – Statistical data (26 May 2020)

Epidemic respiratory infection caused by a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. To date, 215 countries/ territories (including 2 cruises) around the world have recorded cases.

The world: 5.570.020 infected people; 346.933 deaths.

Vietnam:

Number of casesNumber of curedNumber of deaths
3262750

Of which:

02Chinese father and son (02 cured)
07Vietnamese citizens returned from Wuhan, China (07 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen – a receptionist who had close contact with the 02 Chinese father and son (01 cured)
01U.S. citizen came to Vietnam, previously in transit in Wuhan, China (01 cured)
02Vietnamese citizens who made contact directly with an infected person returning from Wuhan, China (02 cured)
03Relatives of 01 patient returning from Wuhan, China were cross-infected (03 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen coming back Vietnam from the epidemic area in Italy; previously in transit in Paris, France (Patient no.17) (01 cured)
10People on the same plane with Patient no.17 (10 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen coming back to Vietnam from Korea – Patient no.18 (01 cured)
05People were infected by making contact directly with Patient no.17 (Patient no.19, 20, 32, 33 & 47) (05 cured)
01England citizen on flight VN0054 from England to Vietnam (Patient no.33) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen made contact directly with Patient no.22 & Patient no.23 (Patient no.35) (o1 cured)
02Vietnamese citizens were infected by making contact directly with Patient no.24 (02 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen on the flights to/ from Vietnam from/ to New York (U.S.), previously in transit in Incheon (Korea) and Doha (Qatar) (Patient no.34) (01 cured)
06Vietnamese citizens making contact directly with Patient no.34 (06 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen made contact directly with Patient no.38 (daughter of Patient no.34) (01 cured)
01Czechish citizen on the flight to Vietnam, previously in transit in Doha (Qatar) (Patient no.53) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese teenager making contact directly with Patient no.37 (Patient no.44) (01 cured)
01Flight attendant on the flight from London to Hanoi (Patient no.46) (01 cured)
02Vietnamese citizens on the flight from London to Hanoi (02 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen on the flight from Paris to Vietnam (Patient no.51) (01 cured)
01Exchange student from Europe to Hanoi (Patient no.52) (01 cured)
01Latvian citizen on the flight from Spanish to Ho Chi Minh City (Patient no.54) (01 cured)
01Germany citizen on the flight from France to Vietnam (Patient no.55) (01 cured)
02England citizens on the flight from the UK to Vietnam (Patient no.49 & Patient no.56) (02 cured)
01England citizen on the flight from London to Hanoi (same flight with Patient no.46) (Patient no.57) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen on the flight from Malaysia to Vietnam (Patient no.61) (01 cured)
01Exchange student from France, on the flight to Vietnam (Patient no.58) (01 cured)
01Flight attendant on the flight from United Kingdom to Vietnam (Patient no.59) (01 cured)
01French citizen on the flight from France to Vietnam (Patient no.60) (01 cured)
02Exchange students from the UK, on the flight to Vietnam (Patient no.62 & Patient no.63) (02 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen with her boyfriend flying from Switzerland to Vietnam, previously in transit in Dubai (Patient no.64) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen flying from Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, U.S. to Toronto, Canada and in transit in Taiwan, then back to Vietnam (Patient no.66) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen coming to Malaysia then back to Vietnam with Patient no.61 (Patient no.67) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen working and making direct contact with Patient no.45 & Patient no.48 (Patient no.65)
01U.S. citizen flying back home in Da Nang from Singapore (Patient no.68) (01 cured)
01German citizen staying in Hanoi as a tourist, entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 13, 2020 on flight SU290 (Patient no.69) (01 cured)
01International male student in England, entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 16, 2020 on the flight TK164 (Patient no.70) (01 cured)
01International female student in England, entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 16, 2020 on the flight TK164 (Patient no.71) (01 cured)
01French woman on the flight from France to Noi Bai International Airport on March 9, 2020 (Patient no.72) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen coming back to Vietnam on the flight VN0054 (Patient no.73) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returning to Vietnam on the flight VN0018 (Patient no.74) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen from Vietnam to London – UK to visit relatives and returned to Vietnam on the flight VN50 (Patient no.75) (01 cured)
01French passenger on the flight TK162 entry at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on March 10, 2020 (Patient no.76) (01 cured)
01Overseas female student in the UK returning to Vietnam on the flight QR976, landed at Noi Bai International Airport on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.77) (01 cured)
01Overseas male student in England returning to Vietnam on the flight EK394, landed at Noi Bai International Airport on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.78) (01 cured)
02Vietnamese mother and son going from London to Dubai, then back to Vietnam on the flight EK392 on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.79 & Patient no.80) (02 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen flying from France to Vietnam on the flight AF258 on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.81) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen going to Dubai from London, then back to Vietnam on the flight EK392 (Patient no.82) (01 cured)
01U.S. citizen going to Phuket, Thailand and from Istanbul, Turkey to Vietnam on the flight TK162 (Patient no.83) (01 cured)
02Overseas students in the UK flying back to Vietnam on the flight VN0054, landed at Noi Bai International Airport on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.84 & Patient no.85) (02 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen nursing at HIV Outpatient Clinic – Center for Tropical Diseases of Bach Mai Hospital, returning from vacation in Con Dao (Patient no.86) (01 cured)
01Nurse working in the reception area at the Center for Tropical Diseases of Bach Mai Hospital, having close contact with Patient no.86 (Patient no.87) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen residing in Ha Dong, Hanoi, is an international student in the UK, entering Noi Bai on March 12, 2020 (Patient no.88) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returning to Tan Son Nhat International Airport late at night on March 17, 2020 from Japan on a flight with the number NH831 (Patient no.89) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen flying from Spain to Dubai, arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport on March 16, 2020 on Emirates Airlines flight EK392 (Patient no.90) (01 cured)
01British pilot of Vietnam Airlines (Patient no.91)
01Vietnamese citizen – an international student in France, returning to Vietnam on March 17, 2020 on Qatar Airways flight QR970 (Patient no.92) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese student studying in Hungary and entered Noi Bai airport on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.93) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen going to Czech Republic to visit her daughter, returning to Noi Bai International Airport on March 18, 2020 on flight SU290 with Patient no.93 (Patient no.94) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen – an international student in France. On March 18, 2020, arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport from France, on the flight of AirFrance airline number AF258 (Patient no.95) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen flying from France to Vietnam, in transit in Dubai on Emirates airline flight number EK392 and entering Tan Son Nhat airport on March 19, 2020 (Patient no.96) (01 cured)
01British citizen stayed in Malaysia for 2 weeks before returning to Vietnam on March 14, 2020 to visit the Buddha Bar (where Patient no.91 also came on the same day) (Patient no.97) (01 cured)
01British citizen from Malaysia arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport on March 6, 2020; together with Patient no.97 to go to the Buddha Bar on March 14, 2020 (Patient no.98) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen from Paris – France arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport on March 18, 2020 on the flight of AirFrance airline number AF258 (Patient no.99) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen coming to Vietnam after attending a festival in Malaysia (Patient no.100) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 26F (Patient no.101) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 20D (Patient no.102) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 12F (Patient no.103) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 27D (Patient no.104) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 6E (Patient no.105) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having the number of seat on the flight was 6C (Patient no.106) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen living with Patient no.86 (Patient no.107) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese student in the UK returning to Vietnam on March 18, 2020 on flight VN054 (Patient no.108) (01 cured)
01Lecturer of a British university, returned to Vietnam on March 15, 2020 (transited via Bangkok, Thailand then from Thailand to Vietnam on the flight TG560) (Patient no.109) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese student in the US, returned to Vietnam on March 19, 2020 (transited in Japan, then from Japan to Hanoi on flight JL571 (Patient no.110) (01 cured)
01International student in France, returned to Vietnam on March 18, 2020 on flight VN018 (Patient no.111) (01 cured)
01International student in France. On the morning of March 18, 2020 back to Noi Bai International Airport on flight VN018 (Patient no.112) (01 cured)
01British student returning to Vietnam on flight VN054 on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.113) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese student in the Netherlands returning to Vietnam on March 15, 2020 on SQ176 flight (transit in Singapore) (Patient no.114) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen living in Czech Republic (daughter of Patient no.94). The patient returned to Vietnam and entered through Noi Bai International Airport on March 18, 2020 on flight SU290 with Patient no.94 and Patient no.93 (Patient no.115) (01 cured)
01Doctor of Emergency Department, Dong Anh Central Tropical Diseases Hospital, participating in COVID-19 epidemic prevention since January 31, 2020 (Patient no.116) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen traveled to Cambodia and returned to Vietnam through Moc Bai – Tay Ninh border gate from March 9, 2020 to March 19, 2020 (Patient no.117) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen worked as Galaxy casinos in Cambodia and returned to Vietnam on March 19, 2020 through Moc Bai – Tay Ninh border gate (Patient no.118) (01 cured)
01American citizen moved often between Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and returned to Vietnam on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.119) (01 cured)
01Canadian citizen contacted directly with Patient no.91 from March 14, 2020 at some restaurants, places of fun, including Buddha Bar (Patient no.120) (01 cured)
01Male person entered Tan Son Nhat International Airport on flight NH831 from New York – United States to Vietnam on March 19,2020; transited at Narita – Japan (Patient no.121) (01 cured)
01Pub worker in Bangkok – Thailand; traveled from Suvarnabhumi International Airport – Thailand and arrived at Danang International Airport on the flight number TG947 on March 20, 2020 (Patient no.122) (01 cured)
01Female person living in Sarawar – Malaysia for 3-4 months, then traveled from Malaysia to Brunei and returned to Vietnam on flight number BI381 on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.123) (01 cured)
01Brazilian citizen came to Buddha Bar on March 14, 2020 (Patient no.124)
01South African citizen used to go to Buddha Bar from 21:30 on March 14, 2020 to 03:00 on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.125) (01 cured)
01South African citizen, a friend of Patient no.125 (Patient no.126) (01 cured)
01Waitress (in the afternoon shift from 21:00 – 04:00) at Buddha Bar (Patient no.127)
02International students in the UK, returning to Noi Bai on March 20, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.128 & Patient no.129) (01 cured: Patient no.129)
03Tourists from Spain, in transit in Russia and returned to Noi Bai on March 22, 2020 on flight SU290 (Patient no.130, Patient no.131 & Patient no.132) (03 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen who had to go to Bach Mai Hospital for treatment and on March 22, 2020 returned home in Lai Chau province (Patient no.133) (01 cured)
01Tourist from abroad, entering Noi Bai on March 18, 2020 on flight SU290 (Patient no.134) (01 cured)
01Person departed from Copenhagen, Denmark, transited in Doha and Bangkok, and entered Vietnam on March 21, 2020 on flight number PG947 (Patient no.135) (01 cured)
01Student from the U.S., entering Noi Bai on February 16, 2020 (Patient no.136) (01 cured)
01Tourist from Germany, entered Noi Bai on March 15, 2020 (Patient no.137) (01 cured)
01Student from England, entered Noi Bai on March 21, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.138) (01 cured)
03International students in the UK, returning to Noi Bai on March 21, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.139, Patient no.140 & Patient no.147) (03 cured)
01Doctor working at the Emergency Department, Dong Anh Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, exposed when manipulating the breathing apparatus set up for Patient no.28 on the same day to another doctor – Patient no.116 (Patient no.141) (01 cured)
01International student in the United States, arrived in Vietnam on March 10, 2020 on the flight BR395 (Patient no.142) (01 cured)
01South African citizen, traveled from the United States, in transit in Taiwan and back to Vietnam on March 21, 2020 on flight number BR395 (Patient no.143)
01Vietnamese citizen returned to Vietnam from England on Vietnam Airlines VN0050 flight on March 22, 2020 (Patient no.144) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen took flight VN0050 of Vietnam Airlines Corporation, seat number 28A, arrived at Can Tho airport on March 22, 2020 (Patient no.145) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen traveled to Thailand and made direct contact with confirmed positive cases in Da Nang when coming back to Vietnam from Thailand (Patient no.146) (01 cured)
01French tourist from France to Vietnam on March 12, 2020 on flight VN0018 (Patient no.148) (01 cured)
01Freelance worker in the State of Hessen – Germany, came back to Vietnam on March 23, 2020 on Vietnam Airlines flight VN36 (Patient no.149) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen coming back to Vietnam from U.S., in transit in Taiwan – China on EVA Air flight, BR395 (Patient no.150) (01 cured)
01Brazilian colleague, had close contact with Patient no.124 (Patient no.151) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen living in the same house with Patient no.127 (Buddha Bar male employee) (Patient no.152) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen went to Australia to visit relatives and returned to Vietnam on March 21, 2020 on flight VN772 (Patient no.153) (01 cured)
03International students in England, flew from England to Can Tho on flight VN0050 on March 20, 2020; sharing the same flight with Patient no.145 (Patient no.154, Patient no.155 & Patient no.156) (03 cured)
01British citizen exposed to a positive case in Buddha Bar (Patient no.157) (01 cured)
02Brazilian citizens exposed to a positive case in Buddha bar on March 14, 2020 (Patient no.158 & Patient no.159) (01 cured: Patient no.159)
01Vietnamese citizen had contact with sister suffering from COVID-19 in Spain, moved back to Vietnam on March 22, 2020 on flight SU292 (Patient no.160) (01 cured)
01Patient sharing the same room with Patient no.133 at the Department of Natural Diseases, Neurology Department of Bach Mai Hospital from March 17-22, 2020 (Patient no.161) (01 cured)
02Daughter-in-law & another person coming to the hospital to take care of Patient no.161 (Patient no.162 & Patient no.163) (02 cured)
01International student in the UK, returning to Vietnam on March 23, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.164) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returning to Vietnam from England on March 23, 2020 on flight VN0054 (Patient no.165) (01 cured)
01Person living in Thailand, returned to Vietnam on March 20, 2020 on a flight bearing TG564 (Patient no.166) (01 cured)
01Danish citizen entering Noi Bai International Airport on March 8, 2020 on flight QR976 (Patient no.167) (01 cured)
02Providers of boiling water of Bach Mai Hospital (Patient no.168 & Patient no.169) (02 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen claimed to take care of his father on March 20 – 22, at Bach Mai Hospital; buying and having rice 5 times at the counter no.1 of Bach Mai Hospital canteen (Patient no.170) (01 cured)
01International student in the United States coming back from the United States from Vietnam to transit to Vietnam on March 13, 2020 (Patient no.171) (01 cured)
01Daughter-in-law of Patient no.133, taking care of the patient for 23 days (Patient no.172) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen living and working in Moscow (Russian Federation), returned to Vietnam on March 25, 2020 (Patient no.173) (01 cured)
01Worker at the cafeteria of Bach Mai Hospital (Patient no.174) (01 cured)
05Vietnamese citizens working at Truong Sinh Company, providing services to Bach Mai Hospital, interacting with many people (Patient no.175, 176, 177, 178, 205) (05 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returning to Vietnam from abroad on flight EK394, entered on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.179) (01 cured)
01Overseas student in France (transiting Thailand) to Noi Bai on March 20, 2020 on TG564 flight (Patient no.180) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen traveled from Thailand to Vietnam on March 20, 2020 on TG564 flight (Patient no.181) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese student from Switzerland, in transit in Thailand, then returned to Noi Bai International Airport on March 20, 2020 on flight VN618 (Patient no.182) (01 cured)
01Reporter with close contact (interview) with Patient no.148 on March 12, 2020 (Patient no.183) (01 cured)
01Person traveled from Russia to Vietnam on SU290 flight, on entry at Noi Bai International Airport on March 25, 2020 (Patient no.184) (01 cured)
01Person with 8-day treatment at the Neurology Department of Bach Mai Hospital. On March 19, 2020, the patient was discharged from the hospital. On March 24, 2020, this coughing patient was sampled for testing. On March 29, 2020, the test result was positive for SARS-COV 2 (Patient no.185) (01 cured)
01French citizen, wife of Patient no. 76, arrived at Tan Son Nhat Airport on March 10, 2020 on flight TK162. From March 10 to March 16, patients passed through Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Hoi An and Hue. On March 16, 2020, the patient came to Ninh Binh and was sampled for testing (Patient no.186) (01 cured)
01American citizen flied to Noi Bai International Aiport from abroad on flight VN0054 on March 13, 2020. From March 13, 2020 to March 19, 2020, the patient self-isolated at home and had close contact with 04 cases of Vietnamese people and 5 cases of foreigners living in the same building. On March 22, 2020, taking a screening sample. On March 25, 2020, the results tested positive for SARS-COV 2 (Patient no.187) (01 cured)
01Worker of Truong Sinh Company providing boiling water to Bach Mai Hospital, having close contact with Patient no.169 (Patient no.188) (01 cured)
01Employee of the boiling water delivery division of Truong Sinh Company at Bach Mai Hospital (Patient no.189) (01 cured)
17Employees of Truong Sinh Company at Bach Mai Hospital (Patient no. 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 205, 208, 214, 215, 231) (17 cured)
01Person came to visit a relative at the Tropical Diseases Center, Bach Mai Hospital on March 12, 2020 (Patient no.197) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returning from Greece on flight TK162, transiting in Turkey, entering Vietnam on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.203) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen traveled from the Czech Republic to Turkey on March 14, 2020 and from Turkey to Vietnam on March 15, 2020 (on the same flight with Patient no.83) on flight TK162 (Patient no.204) (01 cured)
01Private driver of Patient no.124 and Patient no.151, taking these two patients daily to company branches in Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City (Patient no.206) (01 cured)
01Husband of Patient no.151 and co-worker of Patient no.124 (Patient no.207) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen making close contact with Patient no.163 at the kitchen of Zone I Petroleum Company from March 18 to March 24, 2020 (Patient no.209) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returning from Thailand on March 20, before having close contact with Patient no.201 (Patient no.210) (01 cured)
01International student in the U.S.; returning from Vietnam to the U.S. on March 19; transiting Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, to Hanoi on March 20, 2020 (Patient no.211) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returning to Vietnam on March 27 from Russia on the flight SU290 (Patient no.212)
01Person went to the Tropical Center, Bach Mai Hospital due to a fever of 38.6 degrees Celsius (Patient no.213) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam from Germany on flight SU 290 on March 23, 2020 (Patient no.216) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam from Japan on March 25, 2020 on NH857 flight (Patient no.217) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam on flight SU290 on March 25, 2020 (Patient no.218) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen taking care of patients at the Neurology Department of Bach Mai Hospital, in the same room with Patient no.133 on March 16, 2020 (Patient no.219) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam from France on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.220) (01 cured)
01International student in Canada returned from Canada to Vietnam, with transit in Taipei, Taiwan on March 24, 2020 (Patient no.221) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam from U.S. on the flight JL751 (Patient no.222) (01 cured)
01Person taking care of relatives in Rehabilitation Department, Bach Mai Hospital from March 11, 2020 (Patient no.223) (01 cured)
01Brazilian citizen having room time with Patient no.158 ​​at Masteri apartment (Patient no.224) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam from Russia on flight SU290 on March 25, 2020 (Patient no.225) (01 cured)
01Person on the same flight with Patient no.212 on March 27, 2020 (Patient no.226) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having close contact with Patient no.209 from March 16 to 25, 2020 (Patient no.227) (01 cured)
03People coming back to Vietnam from abroad on March 20, 2020 (Patient no.228, 229 & 230) (03 cured)
02People returning to Vietnam from abroad on flight SU290, arriving on March 27, 2020 (Patient no.232 & Patient no.233) (02 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam from France on a flight VN2106 on March 17, 2020 (Patient no.234) (01 cured)
02British citizens went to Bar Buddha Bar (Ho Chi Minh City) on March 14, 2020 (Patient no.235 & Patient no.236) (02 cured)
01Swedish citizen came to Vietnam from the end of December 2019, moved to many locations such as Ninh Binh, TP. Ho Chi Minh and back to Hanoi from March 22, 2020 to now (Patient no.237) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen returned from Thailand to Vietnam on March 17 and entered through Cha Lo Border Gate on March 18, 2020 (Patient no.238) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen went to see a doctor at Department of Gastroenterology, Bach Mai Hospital and bought food at the hospital canteen on March 11 and 18, 2020 (Patient no.239) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Hanoi on flight VN618 on March 20, 2020 from Thailand. Before returning to Vietnam, the patient attended a party with Patient no.166’s family (Patient no.240) (01 cured)
01International student in the UK, boarded a Vietnam Airlines flight VN0050, seat 5A on March 21, 2020 from London to Vietnam. On March 22, arrived at Can Tho Airport and gathered at the Bac Lieu Military School (Patient no.241) (01 cured)
01Person returned to Vietnam from Russia on March 25, 2020 on flight SU290 (Patient no.242) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen taking his wife to see a doctor at the Department of Immunology – Allergy, Bach Mai Hospital on March 12, 2020 and back in the day, ate at the Giai Phong Street restaurant opposite the hospital gate (Patient no.243) (01 cured)
02People went from Germany to Russia, then flied from Russia to Vietnam on March 25, 2020 on SU290 flight (Patient no.244 & Patient no.245) (02 cured)
01Person flied to Vietnam from Russia on flight SU290 on March 25, 2020 (Patient no.246) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen going to work every day from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Nai as a colleague and in close contact with Patient no.124 & Patient 151 (Patient no.247) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen from the U.S., transited in Japan on flight JL079 to Vietnam on March 23, 2020 and entered at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Patient no.248) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen arrived in Vietnam on March 22, with transit in Hong Kong (Patient no.249) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen having close contact with Patient no.243 (Patient no.250) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen being treated at the Department of Gastroenterology, Ha Nam General Hospital (Patient no.251) (01 cured)
01Person living in Cambodia with a family of 5, of whom 2 were diagnosed with COVID-19; isolated and treated in Cambodia. On April 8, the patient and the two remaining family members returned to Vietnam through Moc Bai and Tay Ninh border gates (Patient no.252) (01 cured)
01Sister-in-law, close to home and in close contact with Patient no.243 (Patient no.253) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen being a close neighbor of Patient no.243 & Patient no.250 (Patient no.254) (01 cured)
02Vietnamese citizens coming from Russia to Noi Bai International Airport on flight SU290 on March 27, 2020 (Patient no.255 & Patient no.256) (02 cured)
01A Vietnamese student (Patient no.257) (01 cured)
01Mother of Patient no.257 (Patient no.258) (01 cured)
01Wife of Patient no.254 (Patient no.259) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese flowers farmer (Patient no.260) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese groceries seller at a market (Patient no.261)
01Employee of Samsung Company, Bac Ninh, having close contact with Patient no.254 (Patient no.262) (01 cured)
02Vietnamese citizen detected disease while screening (Patient no.263 & 264) (02 cured)
01Person coming to Vietnam from Thailand on March 23, 2020 (Patient no.265) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen coming to take care of mother at Rehabilitation Department, Bach Mai Hospital (Patient no.266) (01 cured)
01Father of Patient no.257, husband of Patient no.258, having close contact with Patient no.243 at home on March 20 (Patient no.267) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese citizen residing in a remote village near the Chinese border with Dong Van district, Ha Giang province (Patient no.268) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese male patient with the hometown in Bac Giang (Patient no.269) (01 cured)
01Vietnamese female patient with the hometown in Bac Giang (Patient no.270) (01 cured)
01British citizen entering Vietnam on April 28 on a private flight with serial number AXY 2504, concentratedly isolated right after entry (Patient no.271)
17Vietnamese citizens (Patient no.272 to 288) (04 cured: Patient no.277, 282, 285, 286)
24 Vietnamese citizens coming back to Vietnam from Russia on the flight VN0062 (Patient no.289 to 312) (01 cured: Patient no.312)
01Vietnamese citizen coming from Dubai-UAE to Vietnam on March 3, 2020 on flight VN0088, seat number 51K, isolated on entry (Patient no.313)
01Vietnamese citizen coming from Russia to Vietnam on flight VN0062, seat number 53B (Patient no.314)
01Person returned to Vietnam from Cambodia and illegally entered the trail at 3:30 pm on May 2, 2020 (Patient no.315)
01Person returned to Vietnam from the Philippines on flight number QH9352 on May 14, 2020 (Patient no.316)
01Vietnamese citizen coming from Russia to Vietnam on flight VN0062 (Patient no.317)
01Vietnamese citizen coming from Russia to Vietnam on flight VN0062 (Patient no.318)
01Vietnamese citizen coming from Russia to Vietnam on flight VN0062 (Patient no.319)
01Vietnamese citizen coming from Russia to Vietnam on flight VN0062 (Patient no.320)
01Vietnamese flight attendant (Patient no.321)
01Vietnamese flight attendant (Patient no.322)
01U.S. student returning to Vietnam on May 16, 2020 on VN001 flight, seat number 41D (Patient no.323)
01U.S. student returning to Vietnam on May 16, 2020 on VN001 flight, seat number 27K (Patient no.324) (01 cured)
01Patient who had COVID-19 in Russia, recovered from his illness before returning to Vietnam (Patient no.325)
01French international student coming back to Vietnam from France on May 24, 2020 on flight VN008 (Patient no.326)

Currently, travelers should be informed that Europe is the center of epidemic and Vietnam is coming through complicated changes under that fact. In detail, in March 2nd, the Patient no.17 came back to Vietnam from Italy (previously in transit in Paris, France) as mentioned above and without honest medical declaration. Therefore, Vietnam is drastically tracking and staking all the passengers on the same flight as well as people making direct contact with Patient no.17 for quarantines and medical tests.

For that reason, Vietnam has been implementing prevention measures including tightly controlling tourists from European countries or other epidemic areas. Italy and Denmark are 2 first European countries that began country-wide lockdown due to the serious situation of COVID-19 in those nations.

Testing For COVID-19 in Vietnam

At present, coronavirus tests in Vietnam has applied new technology that gives quick results only after 24h. Upon receiving specific primers from WHO via Japanese partners, Vietnam has applied the Realtime RT – PCR (molecular technique) for more accurate results and faster time than gene sequencing.

COVID-19 Overview

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Transmission of Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with COVID-19.

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet).

Person-to-person spread can occur via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread; because COVID-19 is not light enough to float in the air. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Moreover, coronavirus can spread through the GI tract (Gastrointestinal tract) since the viral nucleic acid (DNA) of this virus is found in the patient’s excretion and rectum.

Common Signs of Infection

For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

Prevention and Treatment of Coronavirus

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to this virus. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

What You Should Do?

Wash your hands

Info for Travellers on COVID-19 Coronavirus in Vietnam (Live Updates)

Practice food safety

Info for Travellers on COVID-19 Coronavirus in Vietnam (Live Updates)

Shopping/ Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

Info for Travellers on COVID-19 Coronavirus in Vietnam (Live Updates)

Stay warm and healthy while travelling

At a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and humidity reaches 80-90%, the virus will plummet after 24 hours. Humidity reaches 95%, they will decrease even faster. Therefore, you need to keep yourself warm to prevent the coronavirus’s infection.

At temperatures above 57 degrees Celsius, the coronavirus will die in 30 minutes. In addition, the antiseptic mixture contains 75% alcohol, chlorine and peracetic acid is also effective in killing this virus.

Therefore, travelers can be assured to visit Vietnam for some tans in upcoming summer because it it very hot and sunny this time, thanks to the country’s tropical weather.

Wear face masks

You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

How to wear a mask properly?

  • Wash your hands before wearing a mask;
  • Wear the right layer (the inside is usually pale and smoother, the outside is usually dark  with colors of red, green, blue, etc.) and right direction;
  • Pull the mask that covers the nose-mouth-chin;
  • Press the metal rim of the mask close to the bridge of the nose;
  • 01 face mask should be used within/ less than 24h;
  • Only touch the ear strap when removing/ changing the mask;
  • Wash your hands after putting the mask in the trash;
  • If only wearing a face mask is not enough to prevent the disease. You need to combine wearing face masks and cleaning your hands properly to earn the effectiveness.

Which one between surgical mask and N95 mask is enough for Coronavirus prevention?

Because coronavirus’s main route of infection is through contact (hands with germs then placed in mouth/ nose/ eyes) and through droplets (coughing/ sneezing to spread germs around), many experts say that surgical mask and N95 are effective enough at the community level.

  • Surgical mask: 3 layers, the outer layer is blue or yellow.
  • N95 mask: N95 means 95% fine dust is filtered out of 0.3 micron in the air, which means that N95 can theoretically filter air better than a medical mask. However, the actual achievement in the prevention of infectious diseases in the community is unknown. and affected by many factors.

Some notes when wearing N95:

  • N95 must be worn tight on the face. If you can breathe easily in N95, you are wearing it in a wrong way.
  • N95 is not suitable for children because of their small faces, and often reduces effectiveness in people with facial hair (beard) due to not wearing tight.
  • The sealing also causes shortness of breath and people with lung disease, cardiovascular disease are usually unable to wear N95 in a long time.
  • N95 is pretty expensive and has limited supply. Therefore, users tend to wear it for long, even re-use this mask many times. However, this carries the risk of spreading germs through contact by touching the contaminated surface of a mask repeatedly.

Who needs a mask?

EVERYONE should wear masks to prevent COVID-19, especially:

– People who have a fever, cough or sneeze.

– People who are recovering should wear a mask frequently as this is a good way to prevent spreading germs to others.

– People who go into a crowded place or in a closed room because you cannot anticipate the risk of infection in that environment.

What You Should NOT Do?

  • You should not show prejudice to people of Asian descent upon concerns of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
  • You should not make direct contact with public objects to avoid the risk of cross-contamination, because some outside environments are at a high risk of transmitting viruses such as phones, computer keyboards, water valves, etc.
  • Do not make contact closely to any person without wearing a face mask.

In conclusion, tourists staying in or traveling to Vietnam at present should not be over worried. Vietnam is taking a lot of effective moves and putting practical policies into action to prevent COVID-19 in Vietnam. Meanwhile, you should follow the prevention guidance as mentioned above to protect yourself and others around.

Coronavirus – Questions and Answers

1. Is Coronavirus dangerous?

The answer is YES. Because this is a very new virus to the human body. The virus differs from bacteria in that it cannot live independently in an environment but must have a host to live, otherwise they will die. The host here may be a plant, animal or human body. Each virus has its own host and usually stays in those hosts.

Because they are a strange virus to the human body, our immune system has not yet been able to recognize and destroy them immediately, it needs a learning process. Scientists have not yet been able to study what the new virus replication and pathogenesis mechanism is to find treatment and vaccines to prevent it.

2. Is Vietnam in the center of epidemic?

The answer is NO. There is no evidence to say that Vietnam has an epidemic (epidemic means the virus affects many people in that locality). Besides, Vietnam has the previous SARS prevention experience so that our country will continuously take action to prevent rapid spread of COVID-19 in Vietnam.

3. Can COVID-19 be treated successfully in Vietnam?

The answer is YES. Because the disease is caused by a virus, symptomatic support is essential. The evidence is that the first cases of COVID-19 in Vietnam have been cured.

4. Can cloth face masks prevent infection?

The answer is NO. The ability to prevent COVID-19 virus as well as other viruses of fabric masks + polyurethane fiber masks is very low. This kind of mask doesn’t isolate the saliva droplets and the large holes of fabric do not prevent the pathogen.

5. Does checking the temperature of tourists at airports and railway stations prevent viruses from spreading across borders?

The answer is NO. Coronavirus can spread during incubation. The incubation period of coronavirus lasts up to 14 days, during which time the person infected with the virus has no symptoms.

Therefore, checking the temperature of tourists cannot screen 100% of those who are infected with the virus. If there are no fever symptoms, this measure can not detect patients.

6. Where can I come for aids in case of having infection symptoms of COVID-19 in Vietnam?

1. MOH hotline for information of acute respiratory infections caused by COVID-19: 1900 9095 and 1900 3228

2. 21 hotlines of hospitals providing follow-up and isolation treatment for suspected and infected patients of COVID-19 in Vietnam:

  • Bach Mai Hospital: 0969.851.616
  • National Hospital of Tropical Diseases: 0969.241.616
  • E Hospital: 0912.168.887
  • Vietnam National Children’s Hospital: 0372.884.712
  • National Lung Hospital: 0967.941.616
  • Vietnam – Switzerland Hospital: 0966.681.313
  • Thai Nguyen National General Hospital: 0913.394.495
  • Hue National Hospital: 0965.301.212
  • Cho Ray Hospital: 0969.871.010
  • Can Tho National General Hospital: 0907.736.736
  • Hanoi-Saint Paul Hospital: 0904.138.502
  • Hanoi Vinmec Hospital: 0934.472.768
  • Da Nang Hospital: 0903.583.881
  • Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases: 0967.341.010
  • Children’s Hospital 1: 0913.117.965
  • Children’s Hospital 2: 0798.429.841
  • Dong Nai General Hospital: 0819.634.807
  • Khanh Hoa Hospital of Tropical Diseases: 0913.464.257
  • Khanh Hoa Hospital: 0965.371.515
  • Thai Binh Hospital: 0989.506.515
  • Lang Son Hospital: 0396.802.226

Or you can contact directly at the hotlines of local health facilities.

7. Is it safe to travel to Vietnam now?

See more: Coronavirus: Is it safe to travel to Vietnam now?

 

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Bich Ngoc

As a true Vietnamese enthusiast of music, books and coffee, Bich Ngoc loves researching into those typical cultural characteristics of Vietnam as well as exploring further destinations in the country of thousand years of civilization.

Comments(8)

  1. My husband (a Spanish passport holder and Spanish resident) has been in Vietnam since the end of January so is not a passenger that has recently arrived and is currently in Nha Trang, his scheduled return is 16th April however he is concerned that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find accommodation that will allow him in as he’s making his way to HCMC… is there a list anywhere of hostels or hotels that are definitely confirmed as open.
    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide…

    1. Dear Kezio,

      Thank you for your question.
      The situation is not under anyone’s control at the moment. Almost all hotels, hostels are required to close until 15 April 2020…
      You should contact Spain Embassy in Vietnam (Hanoi City) for help:
      TELEPHONE(+84) 24 3771 52 07
      (+84) 24 3771 52 08
      EMAIL: emb.hanoi@maec.es

  2. More exaggerated hype from poor sources. Coronavirus is no more dangerous than the seasonal flu caused by Influenza H1N1. Both viruses are almost always mild illness in people who are under the age of 65 and people without underlying medical conditions. Infants are also at risk. In fact it may be less harmful than the Influenza virus.

    According to the WHO, each year the Influenza virus is responsible for 290,000 to 650,000 deaths worldwide. Do the math. More than 3 months and Coronavirus has killed 4000?

    Meanwhile in the USA alone the Influenza virus has already been responsible for 20,000 to 40,000 deaths since the start of flu season (October 1, 2019).

    And nearly all of those who died from Coronavirus were elderly (so it’s expected) and/or had some kind of underlying medical condition that made them more vulnerable to fatality.

    The hype surrounding Coronavirus is a pathetic joke caused by all officials and the media. These are the people responsible for creating what is now a global recession and soon to be financial crisis. The Coronavirus hype is a disgusting display of stupidity.

    Any questions?

    1. Thank you for the figures. Yes, you are right.
      Many people think that we are overreacting to COVID-19.
      But the only matter is that no vaccine nor medicine yet found for the virus.

  3. It seems impossible that Vietnam had 16 cases early on, and no one else has been effected since, even though South Korea is the second worst country infected, and 60% of Vietnam air flights come from South Korea. Can we trust the Vietnam government statistics?

    1. Vietnam discovered 17th COVID-19 case on 6 March 2020. We trust the Vietnam government statistics. This epidemic requires the whole community to prevent so there is no reason to hide the epidemic and if it is hidden it will be extremely dangerous.

  4. thanks for the precious infos! I am about to visit Vietnam for business next month. hope i never gets any deadly virus. please supply me with the necessary hospitals where i can come for aids in case of reacting positively with nCoV.

    1. Thank you for your comment. For the list of necessary hospitals, I will send you via your email. Please check your mail box and let me know if you have any further questions.

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