Vietnam tightens immigration control over Omicron

By Viet Tuan   December 23, 2021 | 11:22 pm PT
Vietnam tightens immigration control over Omicron
A Covid-19 testing area at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport, July 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
The government has requested heightened immigration control for those who have traveled through regions where the Omicron variant was detected.

The Government Office on Thursday cited the decision by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, adding the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs need to bolster immigration management through all routes, to perform quick Covid-19 tests on air passengers and perform gene sequencing to detect the Omicron variant.

Chairpersons of city/provincial People's Committees need to hasten Covid-19 vaccination, with all adults eligible for vaccination to receive their second shots by the end of 2021, all children aged 12 and above their second shots within January 2022, and all adults their third shots within the first quarter of 2022.

Vietnam is expected to resume commercial flights to certain international markets with high coronavirus safety starting Jan. 1, 2022. All entrants (except children below two) must test negative for the coronavirus within the last 72 hours. Those who have either been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 would undergo three-day home quarantine, while those who don't enter seven-day home quarantine.

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