Vietnam has started piloting a seven-day coronavirus quarantine plan for 350 Vietnamese citizens who returned home from the U.S. on Sunday.
These people, from Los Angeles and San Francisco, landed at Van Don International Airport in northern Quang Ninh Province on Vietnam Airlines flights VN5413 and VN5415.
The passengers have been chosen to take part in the pilot seven-day quarantine plan adopted by the health ministry for people entering Vietnam from abroad.
They must be subject to epidemic prevention requirements under this pilot scheme.
Those who are 18 years old and above must have negative RT-PCR or RT-LAMP COVID-19 test certificates issued by testing countries within 72 hours before they depart for Vietnam.
They are required to have a certificate of full coronavirus vaccination in the form regulated by Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with their last vaccine shots given 14 days or more of their entry date.
For people under 18, they must have negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test reports and be accompanied by their adult relatives who meet the said requirements.
These minors will experience seven-day isolation with their relatives in Quang Ninh before being placed in home quarantine for another seven days.
They will have their health monitored until the 28th day after their entry date.
On September 4, the same pilot plan was applied to 300 passengers landing in Van Don from Japan on a Vietnam Airlines flight.
The national carrier said it will continue its coordination with Quang Ninh Province authorities to organize the next flight for this trial project at the end of this month.
The upcoming flight, from Paris to the same airport, is expected to bring home more than 300 Vietnamese citizens from European countries.
By Sunday evening, Vietnam had documented 613,375 COVID-19 cases, the health ministry reported.
Among the tally of patients, 374,578 have recovered while 15,279 others have died.
Except Cao Bang, the coronavirus has spread to 62 out of the country’s 63 cities and provinces, with Ho Chi Minh City topping the list with 298,549 infections and 11,992 deaths.