VN suspends visa issuance to tourists from coronavirus affected areas
19:48 | 30/01/2020
VGP – The Ministry of Public Security has asked the immigration forces to suspend entry visa issuance to tourists from the novel coronavirus affected areas.

This is part of the ministry’s measures to strengthen prevention and control of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) which is thought to have originated from Wuhan, China.

The ministry tasked local-level police to coordinate with relevant ministries and agencies in tightening strict control at land, air and sea ports and encourage citizens not to travel across border crossings to prevent the virus infections.

Local police forces shall be active in detecting, preventing and punishing those who try to disseminate false information on the epidemic.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAV) has asked airlines to proactively adjust their flight schedules and suspended all flights from coronavirus-affected areas to the Southeast Asian country.

In its recent directive on the prevention and combat of the epidemic, the CAV ordered airlines to not conduct regular flights and require additional licenses for flights from Viet Nam to China’s affected regions.

Flights from and to affected areas in China must be restricted, the CAV said.

The administration requested airports to step up inspection and coordinate with relevant agencies to carry out plans to prevent and cope with a possible virus outbreak.

It asked the air transport department to suspend the approval of new flights from Viet Nam to China’s affected areas and vice versa.

In its previous directive, the CAV ordered airlines to immediately report suspected cases to service supply agencies for prompt isolation and prevention.

As of January 30 morning, the pneumonia outbreak caused by the new strain of coronavirus (nCoV) caused at least 170 deaths and more than 7,700 infected in China. The outbreak first occurred in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019, and has now spread to 15 other countries with about 60 cases in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East./.

By Hoang Ha

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