Côn Đảo Island to be temporarily closed to prevent COVID-19

March 24, 2020 - 09:06
The southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu decided to temporarily closed Côn Đảo Island, a popular tourist attraction, to visitors starting Tuesday.
Côn Đảo Island is temporarily closed from Tuesday — VNS Photo David Mann

HÀ NỘI — The popular tourist destination of Côn Đảo Island will close to tourists from Tuesday.

The move is a precautionary measure to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.

The island, which is far from mainland Việt Nam, has limited health personnel and facilities.  

Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu people’s committee advised islanders to avoid non-essential travel in and out of Côn Đảo while local authorities have requested residents who want to travel off the island must fill in health declaration forms.

People who fail to comply with the rules will be strictly punished. The province has also arranged for hotels to become concentrated quarantine areas when necessary.

Earlier, some domestic and foreign tourists visiting Côn Đảo had close contact with people infected with COVID-19 and had to be isolated on the island from the beginning of this month.

The island welcomes about 3,000 domestic and foreign visitors every day. — VNS