Vietnamese authorities have required all citizens to fill out health declaration forms when traveling on long-haul buses, trains, tourist boats, and domestic flights in an effort to control the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.
The mandatory health declaration has been in place 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, the Ministry of Transport announced on the same day, following the request of the national steering committee on COVID-19 prevention.
The transport ministry has asked local authorities to inform local airlines, train operators, passenger bus lines, and other transport businesses of the new regulation.
Passengers can either complete their health declaration on the website https://tokhaiyte.vn or via the Vietnam Health Declaration app on their smartphones.
Flight attendants, train and bus conductors, and crew members of tourist boats are responsible for assisting their passengers in declaring their health status.
They are also in charge of promptly reporting to local healthcare authorities if a passenger has such symptoms as fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected more than 307,000 and killed over 13,000 people all over the world, according to statistics. Almost 96,000 cases have recovered.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has soared to 94, with 19 having fully recovered, of whom 17 have been discharged from hospitals.
No death from COVID-19 has been reported in the country so far.
Starting Sunday, March 22, Vietnam will temporarily bar entry to all foreign nationals, including persons of Vietnamese origin and their relatives who hold visa exemption documents, as part of more drastic measures to fight the epidemic.