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HCMC clarifies regional quarantine rules for arriving foreigners

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health will not entertain requests from neighbouring provinces and cities to quarantine international arrivals on their behalf. VNEXPRESS.NET

HCMC clarifies regional quarantine rules for arriving foreigners

Foreigner managers, investors and highly skilled workers coming to work in the Vietnamese provinces of Tay Ninh, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Long An, and Tien Giang will be taken there for quarantine when they land at Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) airport, the city Department of Health has said.

The department has called on the provinces to apprise companies about quarantine procedures.

Their health departments need to notify the HCMC Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention or the International Health Quarantine Center of HCMC in advance about flight timings and the identities of the arriving people.

After immigration procedures are completed, the provinces’ agencies have to pick them up and take them to their designated quarantine areas, the department’s deputy head Nguyen Huu Hung said.

The city would not accept any request from these seven provinces to quarantine arrivals.

But it would consider quarantine requests from other provinces and cities if they write to the People’s Committee, and put them up at hotels.

On Thursday, vice-chairman of the city People’s Committee, Le Thanh Liem, instructed department, commune, ward, and district officials to continue taking preventive measures against diseases including Covid-19.

People still have to wear masks in public, regularly wash hands and use sanitisers, should not congregate in large numbers, and maintain social distance.

The People’s Committee has also instructed the department to have enough quarantine facilities on hand for people coming by international commercial flights to avoid a “third wave” of Covid-19.

According to Binh Duong provincial health department deputy head Huynh Thanh Ha, the province has so far had more than 2,500 foreign experts coming to work, and all were quarantined as required.

More than 3,000 more are set to arrive soon, and his department is ready to create favourable conditions for them to work in factories.

The province has six Covid patients, all Vietnamese nationals returning from other countries, and they were quarantined on arrival at HCMC airport.

The province has not recorded any incidence of community spread.



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