Passengers wait to handle boarding procedures at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

The guidance is applicable to people entering Vietnam to work for more than 14 days, including foreigners holding diplomatic passports, official passports, investors, highly skilled workers, business managers, international students and foreign relatives of Vietnamese citizens from countries where the pandemic is under control.

Before entry, immigrants must register with a quarantine centre and outline their specific work schedule in Vietnam. They must also have a certificate in English proving they had tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 from three to five days before entry.

On entry, immigrants must have their temperatures checked and undergo tests to detect suspected cases of disease. When suspected cases are detected, they must take prescribed management measures. In case rapid testing is not available at the border gate, they must move to a registered quarantine centre and ensure they follow safety regulations under the guidance of the MoH.

Whilst they are in quarantine, the immigrants will undergo tests for SARS-CoV-2. If their first results are negative, they will be kept in quarantine under medical supervision until their second tests. All cases are to be tested for a second time on the sixth day from their date of entry, or as soon as symptoms are suspected. If there is a positive test result, the person will be immediately quarantined at a medical facility and follow treatment according to the current regulations for COVID-19. People who have close contact with confirmed patients must be quarantined for 14 days.

If the second test result is negative, they will be allowed to go home to self-isolate for 14 days and take preventive measures following guidance from the MoH.

The last COVID-19 patient (patient 936) in central Da Nang city tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus three times and has been quarantined at home for a further 14 days.

As September 24, Vietnam had been free of community transmission of COVID-19 for 21 consecutive days.

Of the total of 1,068 cases, 691 were community infections, including 551 linked with Da Nang since July 25. There were 980 patients in total who recovered, while 35 died.

Over 220 Vietnamese citizens have been flown home from Japan on a repatriation flight of Vietjet Air on as a joint effort of competent authorities of both nations. Security, safety and hygiene measures were rigorously taken during the flight to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Upon their arrivals, all the crew members and passengers were given medical checkups and put under quarantine in line with regulations.

In the time to come, more repatriation flights will be arranged to bring Vietnamese citizens home, depending on their demand and domestic quarantine capacity.

Vietnam - the leading coffee supplier to Japan

With increasing numbers of people working from home during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, consumption of instant coffee is rising in Japan, with the trend resulting in Vietnam becoming the world's biggest producer of robusta and Japan's top supplier of coffee beans, according to Japan’s Nikkei Asia Review.

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The Japanese news outlet outlines that the trend is driving up demand for robusta coffee beans, a key ingredient in making instant coffee, while sales of the higher-quality arabica beans favoured by coffee shops have subsequently fallen.

The publication adds that during Japan's state of emergency back in April, cafes and restaurants across the country were forced to close, leading to Starbucks Coffee Japan to halt business at approximately 1,100 outlets. These closures dealt a heavy blow to the demand for arabica beans, reported VOV.

Of these two popular varieties of coffee beans, arabica is widely considered to be superior due to its aroma, taste, and overall quality. It is therefore used by the majority of cafes and restaurants.

20,000 tonnes of raw sugar per year to be exempt from EU import duties

Under the terms of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), it is anticipated that the EU will offer tax incentives for 10,000 tonnes of white sugar and 10,000 tonnes of products containing over 80% sugar, according to the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority (Agrotrade).

EU is expected to offer tax incentives for 10,000 tonnes of white sugar from Vietnam under the EVFTA's commitments.

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The implementation of the EVFTA on August 1 has served to present a wealth of opportunities aimed at promoting the export of Vietnamese agricultural products and foodstuffs to the EU market through offering substantial tax reductions.

In line with the commitments outlined in the EVFTA, all products that have been classified in accordance to tax lines on the EU Tariff List are set to be exempt from import duties, with an annual tariff quota reaching 20 000 tonnes of raw sugar.

Under the regulations for sugar and sugar confectionery that are stipulated in the trade deal, products whose origin are classified under tax line 1701.14.90 in the EU Tariff List will enjoy an exemption of import duties with a quota of 400 tonnes per year.

Compiled by BTA