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145 hotels in Vietnam register to serve as quarantine camps

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145 hotels in Vietnam register to serve as quarantine camps

A room inside Can Gio Resort in HCMC is used as a quarantine camp, March 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.

At least 145 two to five star hotels have signed up to become quarantine areas for suspected Covid-19 patients as of Sunday.

Data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism shows that these hotels are mainly in major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and localities such as Quang Ninh, home to the UNESCO heritage site Ha Long Bay and the southern industrial hub of Dong Nai.

These facilities are committed to publicizing rates including bedrooms and essential services during the quarantine period.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will submit the list to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention, which will select and set up isolation facilities.

Hotels used for isolation will not serve any other purpose, and will ensure essential living conditions such as electricity, water, sanitation, bathrooms and ventilation. There will be security guards at these hotels who will prevent unauthorized people from entering the establishments.

All vehicles entering and leaving such hotels will be disinfected.

Hotel staff will be trained to serve quarantining purposes, including wearing masks and restricting conversations.

Local authorities will be responsible for assisting and monitoring the quarantining process at the selected hotels. Those who do not comply with the regulations will be punished.

Those subject to compulsory isolation for 14 days after entering Vietnam have to register with the authorities if they wish to stay at the hotels for quarantine and are willing to pay for it.

As of Sunday, 122 people had been sent to paid isolation zones in the outlying district of Can Gio in HCMC.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, out of 197 cases quarantined in the district, 75 were isolated at the Can Gio Hospital without fees. Forty-three were quarantined at the Phuong Nam Hotel, 30 at the Can Gio Resort and 49 at the Mangrove Resort, all paid isolation areas.

Some hotel and resort owners in Can Gio District said room rates at hotels that receive isolation guests range from VND350,000 ($15) to VND500,000 ($21) per day, not excluding other service fees. For 14 days, the quarantined people will pay around VND10.8 million ($460).

An aerial view of Can Gio Resort outside Saigon. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa. 

An aerial view of the Can Gio Resort outside Saigon. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.  

Earlier, officials had said they expected to receive 10,000 Vietnamese coming home from abroad this week, with the corresponding figure for HCMC being 17,000.

Tourism officials in the central city of Da Nang said more than 700 hotel rooms are ready to serve as isolation camps for those returning from abroad who will be placed under 14-day quarantine in accordance with the Health Ministry’s regulations.

Many hotels, resorts and other lodging establishments have agreed to act as quarantine areas for suspected Covid-19 patients, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism had said earlier.

The country has recorded 105 new cases since March 6, with 104 still under treatment and one recovered last week. Of the active cases, 12 have tested negative either once or twice.

Many of the active cases are Vietnamese nationals returning from Europe and the U.S. and foreigners visiting from the same regions.

Starting Sunday, in an unprecedented move, Vietnam suspended entry for all foreign nationals, including those of Vietnamese origin and family members with visa waivers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed over 14,700 people globally, spreading to 192 countries and territories thus far.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/145-hotels-in-vietnam-register-to-serve-as-quarantine-camps-4073483.html

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Russia waives quarantine requirement for Vietnam visitors

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Russia waives quarantine requirement for Vietnam visitors

A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves stands in front of a flight information board at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia, June 4, 2020. Photo by Reuters.


The Russian government has listed Vietnam among 48 countries and territories visitors from where are exempt from 14-day quarantine.

They must furnish a negative PCR test for Covid no older than 72 hours before arrival.

They are required to wear a mask in public, including on public transport and in malls.

Other Asian countries in this list include Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

Russia has reported over six million infections and 152,296 deaths.

The highly transmissible Delta variant has become the most prevalent in many countries including Vietnam, where most new cases are linked to it.

Several other countries have been banning and imposing stricter quarantine measures for travelers from Vietnam.

In three months into its fourth wave, the most challenging so far, Vietnam has recorded 83,191 cases.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/russia-waives-quarantine-requirement-for-vietnam-visitors-4329717.html

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Authorities clamour for travel passes

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While a special travel pass and financial bailouts are expected to help airlines in Vietnam come back from the brink, questions over their feasibility remain.

Groups like national carrier Vietnam Airlines are in dire need of supporting policies, Photo: Le Toan
Groups like national carrier Vietnam Airlines are in dire need of supporting policies. Photo: Le Toan

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines last week announced that it would restart international flights to several destinations in Asia and the European Union from July to October to meet the demand among passengers, especially labourers, overseas students, and expatriates.

The move was made following a trial run of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass mobile application on flights from Narita Airport in Japan to the central city of Danang. The app was being made available for use on flights on July 15 and July 23. Vietnam Airlines hopes that the success of the trial will be the foundation for the government to consider wider recognition, thus enabling airlines to resume more cross-border flights.

Like Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet also announced a similar pilot.

However, industry insiders still wonder whether the pass can truly help Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet achieve their goal to shelter from the financial storm.

The northeastern province of Quang Ninh has been piloting a quarantine of seven days for entrants, who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, since July 1.

Previously, international business associations like the Korea Chamber of Business in Vietnam had called for loosened requirements for expats – but now, with the pandemic situation worse than ever in the country, more tightened restrictions are being applied in affected areas, especially Ho Chi Minh City.

Experts said that the IATA Travel Pass is a solution that could take time for airlines to utilise correctly because it depends on the readiness of other countries. But Vietnam is on the right track in preparing for this.

In addition, the airlines’ financial situations are getting worse. According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam Airlines was estimated to have lost VND10 trillion ($435 million) in the first half of 2021 and is at risk of bankruptcy. Moreover, it would appear that total new loans to date have been less than $100 million at a time when quarterly losses are running at double that amount.

Experts said that the progress of financial support has also been slow. Part of the government’s rescue plan that has been approved is the purchase of about VND8 trillion ($348 million) of new equity by State Capital Investment Corporation. However, the latest expectation is that this will not be implemented until the last quarter.

Vietjet and Bamboo Airways are in a similar situation. While the Vietnam Aviation Business Association has proposed a similar refinancing package for them, no signal of approval is on the horizon.

“Airlines need more supporting policies to survive these challenging times, as COVID-19 continues to rage more seriously. Countries have big bailouts to support liquidity and solvency in low-interest loans to help cover the labour costs and pay short-term debts,” Nguyen Tien Lap from law firm NHQuang&Associates told VIR. “And it is not only airlines – other air carriers are also in need of more support.”

The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps travellers to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests and in future vaccinations. At present, the pass is being trialled by many airlines worldwide, such as those in Singapore, Panama, and Estonia. Meanwhile, over 30 air carriers announced trial runs, including Qatar Airways, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei and more.

Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president of Airports, Passengers, Cargo, and Security, said, “We look forward to working with Vietjet to trial the IATA Travel Pass and demonstrate that digital health apps can securely, conveniently, and efficiently help manage passenger travel health credentials. This is a positive step forward towards restarting international aviation.”

Source: VIR

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/authorities-clamour-for-travel-passes-759023.html

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Unique gates in Sin Suoi Ho – village of Mong ethnic people

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Sin Suoi Ho is a village of the Mong ethnic group in Lai Chau province. Not only known as a village free of alcohol drinking, smoking, or gambling, it is also renowned for special hand-made gates that can be found nowhere else.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-gates-in-sin-suoi-ho-village-of-mong-ethnic-people/205170.vnp

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