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Việt Nam starts charging quarantine fees

Update: September, 18/2020 - 11:23


Vietnamese returnees from Singapore arrive at a concentrated quarantine site in Sóc Trăng Province on September 14. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — People entering the country will now have to pay fees during their stay at government run quarantine camps.

Those entering and using the military camps, schools and other sites managed by the state will have to pay for meals and the services provided.

Anyone who chooses to undergo quarantine at hotels and resorts will pay the fees charged by those facilities.

But people staying at a state-run centres must pay VNĐ80,000 (US$3.50) for food and VNĐ40,000 ($1.75) for service fee each day.

All foreigners entering Việt Nam are required to buy international health insurance which covers medical check-ups and treatment in Việt Nam during their stay.

Everyone who enters Việt Nam has to take a test for SARS-CoV-2 and pay for testing fee at the rate of healthcare facilities.

COVID-19 treatment fee for Vietnamese nationals will be covered by the State as stated by Law on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control.

Health insurance buyers will have their expenses on health check-up and treatment covered during concentrated quarantine time. Other extra fees not covered by the health insurance agencies will be paid by individuals themselves.

Those who do not have health insurance have to pay for all medical expenses.

According to Hà Nội Tourism Department, as of September 11, eight hotels in the city can be used as quarantine sites for foreign experts.

Sixteen other hotels have registered to be quarantine sites for Vietnamese returnees and foreigners, offering more than 2,500 rooms and 4,000 beds.

HCM City will use 27 hotels as paid quarantine sites to accommodate a large number of people entering the city once international flights re-open.

Việt Nam has decided to resume commercial flights to Guangzhou, Taiwan, Seoul, and Tokyo this week and will allow the resumption of flights to Laos and Cambodia next week.

To enter Việt Nam via commercial flights from the six places, passengers have to meet specific requirements.

Passengers on such flights can include holders of diplomatic and official passports and their family members; experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers and their family members; and Vietnamese wishing to return home.

The passengers are required to have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued three days prior to departure.

Immediately after arriving, they will be given RT-PCR tests at the quarantine facility and quarantined.

The period of concentrated quarantine has been shortened from 14 days to five days for people of the above-mentioned groups after they test negative twice, and then allow them to self-quarantine at home or offices of enterprises and organisations until 14 days are up. Those who show signs of infection are required to remain at the concentrated quarantine sites.

Those who arrive on commercial flights after transiting a third country will have to stay in concentrated quarantine for 14 days.

Foreigners arriving for short stays under 14 days will have to follow regulations of the health ministry. — VNS


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