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Việt Nam to resume pre-pandemic visa exemption policies from March 15

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Foreign tourists visiting Hội An City, Quảng Nam Province, in October 2019. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is slated to resume pre-pandemic bilateral and unilateral visa exemption policies for foreigners when the country fully reopens international tourism on March 15, 2022, announced the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng.

In the regular press briefing held virtually on Thursday in Hà Nội, when asked about updates to visa policies after two years of disruptions caused by COVID-19, Hằng said foreigners and Vietnamese nationals permanently residing abroad, along with their families, can enter Việt Nam with valid entry documents, as per the regulations on entry, exit, transiting through and residing in Việt Nam.

Foreigners wishing to enter Việt Nam for tourism will, for now, adhere to the regulations by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

Vietnamese nationals are free to enter Việt Nam on regular international commercial flights, which resumed earlier this year.

The spokesperson said the foreign ministry has also reported to the Government on the concrete measures for visa policies and visa exemption policies to be implemented from March 15, 2022, in a bid to foster socio-economic recovery, engage in international integration in the new normal, as well as facilitate trade between Việt Nam and other countries/territories.

According to this plan, the ministry will implement regulations on visa granting and exemptions in line with the provisions of the 2014 Law on Entry and Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Việt Nam (amended and supplemented in 2019), as well as other documents on the implementation and eradication of demands for quarantine measures after entry or restrictions on purposes of entry.

Việt Nam is resuming bilateral visa exemption policies as per international treaties and agreements with other countries, or the principle of reciprocity, with demands for personnel and quarantine at localities now removed.

Việt Nam is also resuming unilateral visa exemption for arrivals from 13 countries and territories – Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom – in line with regulations of the Article 13 of the 2014 Law on Entry and Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Việt Nam and other resolutions of the Government.

“Once these measures are adopted [by the Government], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be providing this information so that people, including foreigners and businesses, can quickly learn of the updates,” Hằng said.

As of March 2, 2022, fifteen countries and territories have officially recognised Việt Nam’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate, also called the “vaccine passport”. These are Japan, the US, the UK, Australia, India, Belarus, Cambodia, the Philippines, Palestine, the Maldives, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Turkey, and Singapore.

Meanwhile, Việt Nam has to date officially recognised the vaccine certificates and/or COVID-19 recovery documents of 79 countries and territories – those which have been made known to the government by the foreign ministries of the respective countries, or their representative missions in Việt Nam.

Health ministry’s protocols criticised

The spokesperson was also asked about pandemic prevention and control protocol recommended by the Ministry of Health regarding the full tourism reopening – including items like requiring daily COVID-19 tests in the first 72 hours for tourists if they want to leave their accommodation or recommending against older people from travelling – which have been criticised for being too stringent and cumbersome and might deter foreign tourists.

Hằng said the consistent guideline of the Vietnamese Government is that Việt Nam has transitioned to a strategy of safe and flexible adaptation and effective control of COVID-19, while promoting socio-economic recovery and development.

“I believe that the Government’s decision to fully reopen from March 15, 2022, not only serves to facilitate the resumption of tourism but also serves to promote people-to-people exchanges and provide opportunities for foreigners to enter Việt Nam to work, study, do business, invest and so on,” Hằng noted.

Vietnamese authorities are making every effort to implement the Government’s instructions in this direction, she added.

“With regards to the specific items of health protocols from the Ministry of Health, we will work with the Ministry of Health for clarification and provide updates when more information is available,” the spokesperson said. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1161293/viet-nam-to-resume-pre-pandemic-visa-exemption-policies-from-march-15.html

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Vietnam offers condolences over death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

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Vietnamese Party and State leaders have sent condolences to the government and people of China on the death of former President of China Jiang Zemin, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. 

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on Friday sent condolence messages to Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu, and Jiang’s family, the ministry said in a statement.

Jiang, who was also former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary, died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai on Wednesday, at 96, the Xinhua news agency reported. 

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Jiang was an outstanding leader of the Chinese Communist Party and State, who has made great contributions to the revolutionary cause and construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

He also made significant contributions to the normalization and promotion of the development of Vietnam-China relations.

The Vietnamese Communist Party, State and people always appreciate and remember the great contributions of Jiang Zemin to the ties between the two Parties and countries, the messages read. 

The Vietnamese leaders sent wreaths to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi in commemoration of his death, and a high-ranking delegation led by President Phuc visited the embassy and wrote in the condolence book.

The same day, head of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son also sent condolences to head of China’s Central Committee’s International Liaison Department Liu Jianchao and Politburo member, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Jiang Zemin served as Chinese Communist Party General Secretary for 13 years (1989-2002) and as President of China for 10 years (1993-2003).

He also served as chairman of the Central Military Commission in the 1989-2004 period.

In November 1994, Jiang visited Vietnam and nearly three years later, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Do Muoi visited China, fostering the friendly relationship between the two nations.

Within 10 years after the normalization of bilateral relations, the two countries signed six joint statements to expand and consolidate the bilateral ties.

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Vietnamese Party and State leaders have sent condolences to the government and people of China on the death of former President of China Jiang Zemin, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. 

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on Friday sent condolence messages to Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu, and Jiang’s family, the ministry said in a statement.

Jiang, who was also former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary, died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai on Wednesday, at 96, the Xinhua news agency reported. 

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Jiang was an outstanding leader of the Chinese Communist Party and State, who has made great contributions to the revolutionary cause and construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

He also made significant contributions to the normalization and promotion of the development of Vietnam-China relations.

The Vietnamese Communist Party, State and people always appreciate and remember the great contributions of Jiang Zemin to the ties between the two Parties and countries, the messages read. 

The Vietnamese leaders sent wreaths to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi in commemoration of his death, and a high-ranking delegation led by President Phuc visited the embassy and wrote in the condolence book.

The same day, head of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son also sent condolences to head of China’s Central Committee’s International Liaison Department Liu Jianchao and Politburo member, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Jiang Zemin served as Chinese Communist Party General Secretary for 13 years (1989-2002) and as President of China for 10 years (1993-2003).

He also served as chairman of the Central Military Commission in the 1989-2004 period.

In November 1994, Jiang visited Vietnam and nearly three years later, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Do Muoi visited China, fostering the friendly relationship between the two nations.

Within 10 years after the normalization of bilateral relations, the two countries signed six joint statements to expand and consolidate the bilateral ties.

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Vietnam resolutely opposes Taiwan’s live-fire exercise in Truong Sa

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Vietnam resolutely opposes Taiwan’s live-fire exercise in the former’s waters, an act that seriously violates Hanoi’s territorial sovereignty.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang told the press on Friday that Taiwan’s live-fire drill in the waters around Ba Binh Island in the Vietnamese Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago was a serious violation of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty.

The fact that Taiwan holds a live-fire drill in the waters around Ba Binh in Truong Sa is a blatant violation of Hanoi’s territorial sovereignty over the archipelago, threatening maritime peace, stability, safety, and security, causing tension, and complicating the situation in the East Vietnam Sea.

Vietnam resolutely opposes and demands that Taiwan cancel the illegal activities and not repeat similar violations in the future, Hang stressed.

Ba Binh is the largest natural island in Truong Sa, which belongs to Vietnam but has been illegally occupied by Taiwan since 1956.

Vietnam has repeatedly affirmed that it has sufficient historical evidence and legal basis to affirm its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagoes in accordance with international law.

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to visit S.Korea this weekend

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will start a three-day visit to South Korea on Sunday, during which he will attend the Vietnam-South Korea Business Forum, which will gather a large number of business delegates from both countries.

Phuc, his spouse, and an entourage will visit the Eastern Asian country from December 4 to 6, at the invitation of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeo, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.

The visit will mark Phuc’s first to South Korea as a state president and also the first by a Vietnamese state head to this nation after 11 years, according to the foreign ministry.

For South Korea, Phuc is the highest-ranking Vietnamese leader that the country will welcome after Yoon took office in May.

During his stay in South Korea, President Phuc will hold talks with his counterpart Yoon, and meet Prime Minister Han Duck Soo as well as National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin Pyo. 

The Vietnamese leader will also attend and address the Vietnam – South Korea Business Forum, organized by five major Korean economic organizations on December 6, with the participation of hundreds of business representatives from each side.

According to South Korean media, the country’s businesses are looking forward to the event, which will discuss steps to boost bilateral economic cooperation, including the investment expansion by South Korean investors in Vietnam.

Companies of both nations are expected to sign a lot of memoranda of understanding on business cooperation at the forum. 

Lee Jay Yong, chairman of South Korean giant Samsung Electronics, is also arranging a schedule to meet with President Phuc on this occasion, according to Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). 

This image shows Nguyen Xuan Phuc attending the The Vietnam-South Korean Business Forum held in South Korea in 2019, when he visited the country as Vietnam’s Prime Minister.  Photo: Communist Party of Vietnam

This image shows Nguyen Xuan Phuc attending the Vietnam-South Korean Business Forum held in South Korea in 2019, when he visited the country as Vietnam’s prime minister. Photo: Communist Party of Vietnam

Phuc’s visit comes as both countries are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations, and aiming to upgrade their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership from the current strategic partnership that has developed smoothly, substantively, and effectively since 2009.

President Phuc was one of the first foreign leaders to call and congratulate Yoon on his winning the presidential election in March.

After President Yoon took power, Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had phone talks with him in June and July, respectively. 

Three months later, South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin visited Vietnam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son.

On the sidelines of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and related meetings in Cambodia in mid-November, PM Chinh met with President Yoon.

South Korea currently takes the number-one position in terms of foreign direct investment in Vietnam, with over US$80 billion as of September 2022, and ranks second out of the countries offering official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam, with $2.7 billion in the 2012-20 period.

In terms of trade, South Korea ranks third among Vietnam’s partners, with bilateral trade increasing in recent years despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, aiming for a target of $100 billion in 2023 and $150 billion by 2030.

Currently, about 216,000 Vietnamese are living in South Korea, according to the Korea Immigration Service.

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