Nguyen Van Lam, deputy director of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs in Ho Chi Minh City, says that in order to meet the requirements of entry permits being granted, businesses must send foreign documents to the Department.

A working group made up of the City People's Committee, including nine relevant units, will be reviewing eligible cases weekly and subsequently passing them onto the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security to continue with the entry visa procedures.

Since June 8, the municipal Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has conducted five sessions to grant entry permits to foreigners coming into Ho Chi Minh City, with the majority of them being employees from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, the UK, France, and Germany. Moreover, there were 82 individuals granted permission who are either the partners or children of foreigners licensed to enter the country.

According to Nguyen Hong Tam, director of the Center for International Health Quarantine, foreign nationals upon arrival at the airport must complete a health declaration, undergo a body-temperature measurement, and have samples taken. After a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, foreigners will be eligible to work at local enterprises providing their test results come back negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This shift comes after the nation stopped issuing visas to citizens from abroad as of March 18 in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.

At present, the country has confirmed a total of 355 positive COVID-19 cases, of which 340 have gone on to make a full recovery from the deadly virus, making up 95.8% of all cases. Furthermore, the country has gone through 78 consecutive days without a single case of local transmission. Now there are 15 people receiving treatment at health facilities, with most of them in a stable health condition, while three of the cases have tested negative for the virus at least twice.

Vietnamese football player wins AFC award for incredible acrobatic goal

Nguyen Van Quyet’s stunning strike for Hanoi FC against Ceres Negros FC of the Philippines back in 2017 has been named the best acrobatic goal scored in an Asian continental tournament, as announced by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Voice of Vietnam has reported.

The announcement on Van Quyet’s (C) goal comes after a competition was held with the public voting on the five best acrobatic goals scored during the AFC Cup.

After voting was open to the public for a one-week period, Van Quyet’s stunning goal eventually finished first with a 51% share of the voting, equivalent to 66,654 votes.

The Vietnamese forward was closely followed by Safee Sali of Malaysia who picked up 46% of the vote, while the goal by Omar Al Soma of Syria was trailing far behind in third with only 2% of votes.

Despite the build-up to the goal being slightly scrappy, there was nothing messy about Van Quyet's superb first touch and finish with the Hanoi FC captain successfully netting to level the score at 1-1 during his team’s tie against Ceres Negros in the opening match of the group stage at the AFC Cup 2017, the AFC’s website describes.

The award comes after Van Quyet was named as the only Vietnamese representative to be listed among the top midfielders in Asian football, as voted on by sports broadcaster Fox Sports Asia.

Vietnam’s Friendship Medal awarded to famous German journalist

Famous German writer and journalist, Mr. Hellmut Kapfenberge, has recently been awarded the Vietnam’s Friendship Medal by the Vietnamese State President for his outstanding achievements in healthcare and charity, contributing to building and strengthening the friendly and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Friendship Medal presented to German journalist Hellmut Kapfenberge (Photo: VNA)

Mr. Hellmut Kapfenberger, 86, is a famous German writer and journalist. Earlier, he was a journalist, a resident representative of DNA News Agency and "New Germany" newspaper in Vietnam in the 1970s and 1980s.

He delivered hundreds of pieces of news, articles and reports about Vietnam, making an important contribution to promoting the solidarity movement with Vietnam during the war and the first years of rebuilding the country.

He was one of those who took to the streets in 1965-1970 to oppose the American war of aggression in Vietnam. He used to work in Vietnam as a reporter for the German GDR news agency and a number of other newspapers. He and his wife were the first Germans to cross the Ben Hai River in 1973. He had the opportunity to interact with many Vietnamese generals to write about the war.

After returning home, he actively participated in solidarity activities with Vietnam and when he retired, and he spent a lot of time collecting documents about Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh.

He is the author of many books on Vietnam such as "Ho Chi Minh – An annals", "Berlin-Bonn-Saigon-Hanoi" which systematically presents the history of Germany - Vietnam relations; and "Vietnam - The 30-year war 1945-1975" and "Ho Chi Minh Trail."

Recently, Mr. Hellmut Kapfenberger presented Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu the newly published book “Ho Chi Minh political biography”.

According to Mr. Kapfenberger, the book is the more complete version of "Ho Chi Minh – An annals" first launched in 2009.

The book is presented vividly with many illustrations that the author has devotedly collected, giving readers a general picture of Ho Chi Minh's life, from when he was a 21 year old young man, going abroad to find a way to save the country, until he became President.

Ambassador Nguyen Minh Vu expressed his appreciation for the deep affection that Mr. Kapfenberger has for Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh. The Ambassador highly appreciated his efforts in helping German friends and readers to better understand Vietnam through his works, thereby contributing to the promotion of relations between the two peoples and two countries.

He affirmed that the publication of this book is very meaningful, especially in the 130th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's birthday and the 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany.

The Ambassador expressed his belief that the book will be well received by German friends and readers, as well as the Vietnamese community in Germany.

Mr. Hellmut Kapfenberger said that the memories and love of the Vietnamese people are the motivation for him to continue studying and writing about Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh./.

Compiled by BTA