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Việt Nam suspends border crossing to/from Laos, Cambodia over COVID-19

Update: March, 31/2020 - 17:42
An Giang Province's border guards guided the entrants on entering Việt Nam from Cambodia. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese Government has decided to suspend cross-border activities of individuals at main and secondary border gates, and trails in border areas with Cambodia and Laos from April 1 as part of measures to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

The decision was delivered to the Lao and Cambodian Embassies in Việt Nam. 

Việt Nam wishes to receive co-operation of the two neighbouring countries’ governments. It will continue to coordinate closely with countries in the region and around the world to control the pandemic.

Amid COVID-19, countries and territories around the globe have implemented many strong measures to fight the pandemic. ASEAN member nations have restricted entry and exit activities at different levels. 

Cambodia on March 20 announced the suspension of activities at the country’s border gates with Việt Nam from March 30 to April 19, while Laos suspended individuals’ entry at all international border gates across the country from March 30 to April 19.

Previously, the Lao government also ordered the temporary closure of 10 border gates with its neighbouring countries, including Việt Nam, from March 19 to April 20, amid the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus around the world. — VNS

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