Vietnam Airlines said on Monday it will suspend its flights to France and Malaysia due to the coronavirus, which has forced several countries to close their borders to control its spread.
The national carrier will halt services between Vietnam and France starting March 17 until further notice, it said in a statement. Reuters reports.
While flights between Vietnam and Malaysia will be suspended from March 18-31 because of the Malaysian government’s temporary border closure announcement, it added.
Vietnam has decided to suspend its visa issuance to all foreigners for 30 days to deal with the increasingly serious epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Tuoi Tre Newspaper reports.
The suspension started at 00:00 on Wednesday, March 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday.
People who are exempt from a visa will be required to submit documents proving they have tested negative for COVID-19 issued by an authorized agency and accepted by Vietnam in order to enter the Southeast Asian country.
The same rule will be applied to those who possess visa exemption certificates, which are issued for overseas Vietnamese and their family members, and to special cases, namely specialists, business managers, and skilled workers.
The health certificate requirement is not applicable to those entering Vietnam for diplomatic and official duties.
All people entering the country must undergo medical checks and follow epidemic preventive measures as required.
Aside from arrivals that are already subject to isolation, people arriving from the U.S., European countries, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will also be required to stay in quarantine camps.
Those who are not required to stay in quarantine camps must self-isolate and be put under medical monitoring at their houses, enterprises, and accommodation facilities.
The prime minister has tasked the Ministry of National Defense and authorities in all provinces and cities with preparing more quarantine facilities to get ready for the upcoming time.
According the Tuoi Tre Newspaper, the country will continue to keep a close watch on the situation and coordinate with other countries and international organizations to timely adjust its epidemic prevention measures.