Vietnamese people wear face masks at the supermarket  (Photo for illustration/ Source:

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested that wearing face masks will be made compulsory at supermarkets, airports, train and bus stations, cinemas and on public transport.

Passengers will be given face masks free of charge when visiting coach, bus, or train stations and will be required to put them on throughout the duration of their journey.

Supermarkets, convenience stores and other places of retail will remind customers of the need to hand sanitiser and don face masks before entering the premises.

Foreign ministry informs entry-exit policies for foreigners over COVID-19

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang has answered reporters’ queries about entry and exit policies for foreigners who are subject to temporary suspension of entry into Vietnam within 30 days from 12h00 on March 15th.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang (Photo: VNA)

She said the Vietnamese government on March 13th decided to temporarily deny entry of foreigners coming from or transiting through Schengen countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland within 14 days preceding their expected entry into Vietnam with the purposes of travelling, visiting relatives, studying, or personnal matters.

The government also decided to suspend visa-on-arrival at border gates to all foreigners regardless of their countries and territories amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic.

This decision will be effective from 12h00 on March 15th, and not be applicable to entrants for diplomatic or official purposes.

Vietnamese advised not to travel to Singapore following new entry regulations

The Foreign Ministry also warned Vietnamese citizens not to travel to Singapore if not really necessary, after the country issued new regulations on entry procedures amid the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The ministry cited the Singaporean Embassy in Vietnam’s announcement as saying that from 23h59 on March 16th, all travellers entering Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN countries (including Vietnam), Japan, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom within the previous 14 days will be issued with a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN), reported VNA.

In addition, they will have to provide proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day SHN, for example a hotel booking covering the entire period, or a place of residence they or their family members own./.

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