Vietnam cuts flights from UK and South Africa

HANOI, 12 January 2021: Vietnam has temporarily suspended inbound flights from the UK and South Africa two countries that have reported new variants of the SARS-CoV-19 virus.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc confirmed the move, and the government says it is studying an option to extend the suspension to other countries that have reported cases of the new variant.

On 18 December, national authorities in South Africa announced the detection of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that is rapidly spreading in three provinces of South Africa. South Africa has named this variant 501Y.V2, because of a N501Y mutation.

PM Phuc also tasked the Ministry of National Defense to coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security and People’s Committees of border provinces to strengthen border control in order to prevent illegal entrants.

The Ministry of National Defense and People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities shall have to ensure that all entrants comply with 14-day mandatory quarantine at concentrated sites and medical surveillance for another 14 days after mandatory quarantine.

Meanwhile, the government reported that from 10 April 2020 to 3 January 3, 2021, 240 rescue flights had been completed to repatriate more than 66,000 Vietnamese citizens stranded abroad due to Covid-19.