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Vietnam drops health declaration for int’l arrivals

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International arrivals entering Vietnam would no longer have to submit health declaration forms starting from Wednesday, the daily newspaper Vietnam News cited the country’s Ministry of Health as reporting.

The ministry has submitted an urgent document to the People’s Committees of provinces and cities regarding medical quarantine activities.

The ministry asked the localities to temporarily suspend the requirement for health declarations, the newspaper reported.

The move was in response to recent reports of prolonged waits and congestion at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.

This was due to the rising number of international arrivals with the country’s reopening and the upcoming four-day public holiday which starts on April 30, according to the report.

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The ministry said it would continue to update and provide information related to the pandemic from home and abroad to carry out appropriate prevention and control solutions.

Previously in mid-March, Vietnam removed the requirements for quarantine and COVID-19 vaccine certificates upon entry for international arrivals with negative COVID-19 tests.

As of Tuesday, the country has reported more than 10.6 million cases of COVID-19 with over 43,000 deaths.

More than 9.1 million COVID-19 patients, or nearly 86 per cent of the infections, have so far recovered.

The Southeast Asian country has administered more than 213 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to date.

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