03.07.2020, 08:27

Large number of foreigners granted entry into HCM City

Large number of foreigners granted entry into HCM City

Nguyen Van Lam, deputy director of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs in Ho Chi Minh City, says that in order to meet the requirements of entry permits being granted, businesses must send foreign documents to the Department.

A working group made up of the City People’s Committee, including nine relevant units, will be reviewing eligible cases weekly and subsequently passing them onto the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security to continue with the entry visa procedures.

Since June 8, the municipal Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has conducted five sessions to grant entry permits to foreigners coming into Ho Chi Minh City, with the majority of them being employees from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, the UK, France, and Germany. Moreover, there were 82 individuals granted permission who are either the partners or children of foreigners licensed to enter the country.

According to Nguyen Hong Tam, director of the Center for International Health Quarantine, foreign nationals upon arrival at the airport must complete a health declaration, undergo a body-temperature measurement, and have samples taken. After a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, foreigners will be eligible to work at local enterprises providing their test results come back negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This shift comes after the nation stopped issuing visas to citizens from abroad as of March 18 in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.

At present, the country has confirmed a total of 355 positive COVID-19 cases, of which 340 have gone on to make a full recovery from the deadly virus, making up 95.8% of all cases. Furthermore, the country has gone through 78 consecutive days without a single case of local transmission. Now there are 15 people receiving treatment at health facilities, with most of them in a stable health condition, while three of the cases have tested negative for the virus at least twice.