COVID-19 and Vietnam business updates: The most important information

COVID-19 is an ongoing issue for countries all around the world

Vietnam has dealt with almost 1 million cases of coronavirus, and over 22,000 deaths. As a result, the government has made a number of legal changes to ensure that businesses aren’t affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some of the latest updates regarding Vietnam business operations and COVID-19 (in reverse chronological order):

October 28: Ho Chi Minh City resumed in-person dining at restaurants and eateries with certain safety measures.

October 21: From this date, Vietnam’s Transport Ministry got rid of the full vaccination requirements for domestic air passengers.

October 14: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, allowed for on-site dining, taxi services and hotels to resume trading again.

October 4: Domestic flights resumed under a four-phase plan.

October 1:  Ho Chi Minh City eased its social distancing measures. Different businesses were allowed to resume, such as office working.

September 28: Hanoi authorities allowed for its residents to participate in outdoor sports and exercises but not in groups larger than 10.

September 7: Ho Chi Minh City extended its strict ‘shelter in place’ lockdown restrictions till September 15th (which were then extended until September 30th).

August 5: Vietnam cut the centralised quarantine period from 14 days to 7 days for fully vaccinated foreign travellers. However, they had to test negative for the virus within 72 hours and self-monitor for another 7 days.

July 27: Hanoi began social distancing measures after finding new pandemic hotspots.

July 26: Ho Chi Minh City banned people from leaving their homes between 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.

July 19: Hanoi officials asked people to stay at home and avoid gatherings of more than 5 people. Transport to 37 provinces that were affected by the coronavirus pandemic was halted.

July 13: Hanoi ordered all non-essential businesses to close, including cafes and restaurants.

July 12: Ho Chi Minh City announced that those who don’t stick to the COVID-19 measures can be fined up to VND 1 to 3 million (between £30 and £100).

June 22: Hanoi allowed for the opening of indoor dining and other non-essential businesses, however, they had to follow strict protocols.

June 3: The aviation authorities lifted restrictions on inbound international flights arriving in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

May 30: Ho Chi Minh City decided to impose lockdown restrictions after a two-week rise in coronavirus cases.

May 26: Bac Giang province, the epicentre of a recent outbreak, was set to gradually reopen the 4 industrial parks, home of Samsung and Apple suppliers.

May 21: Ho Chi Minh City banned all gatherings of more than 20 people in restaurants and public places.

May 20: Apple suppliers were forced to shut down their operations due to an outbreak in Bac Giang province. Vietnam plans to set up an £805 million fund in order to get 150 million vaccines for its population.

Stay up to date with Vietnam and COVID

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