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07 Mar 2020 | 10:56 AM UTC

Vietnam: Government issues new entry restrictions on travelers from Iran and Italy March 2 /update 12

Vietnam News Alert

Authorities ban entry to individuals traveling from Italy and Iran as of March 2 due to ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 3/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Saigon). COUNTRY/REGION Vietnam

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Event

As of Monday, March 2, the government has banned entry to individuals that have traveled from or transited through China in the preceding 14 days, due to the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Authorities also said that individuals showing signs of symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be quarantined or sent back.

As of Wednesday, February 26, individuals that traveled from or transited through the areas of Daegu city and Gyeongsangbuk province in South Korea within the last 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam.

Travel restrictions to China remain in place as of Saturday, March 7, with all passenger trains to and from China suspended indefinitely. Vietnam Airlines has also halted service to mainland China as a precaution.

To date, 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Vietnam. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures:

  • 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.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran, who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.

 

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