As Vietnam shares the border with China and welcomes a huge amount of Chinese visitors each year, it is not easy to avoid the outbreak of Coronavirus from our neighborhood country which causes anxiety for all the visitors who are coming and will come to Vietnam at this time. So, is it safe or not to travel to Vietnam right in the middle of the novel Coronavirus outbreak?
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The answer is “yes”. The 2 first patients who were infected by Coronavirus (Covid-19) are Chinese father and son. The father was from Wuhan flew to Vietnam to visit his son who is working here and he was infected (but did not know about it). After this case, in the first outbreak, Vietnam found out 8 more patients who were infected Coronavirus, 1 of these patients is a receptionist who checked in for the 2 first patients above in a hotel while they were traveling, other people were trained in Wuhan before come back to Vietnam for Tet holiday. And until 26th Feb 2020, all of the 16 Coronavirus infected cases, most of them are people who came back from Wuhan and their relatives & neighbors who met them during the Tet holiday, are cured and discharged from the hospital. All people believed that Vietnam can control the Coronavirus outbreak soon and there might be only a slight increase in the infected cases until the summer comes and high temperatures can limit the virus.
Unfortunately, in the summer, after 99 days without any new Covid-19 patient found in the public, Da Nang - one of the biggest cities in Vietnam and an important tourism center become the new outbreak with hundreds of Coronavirus infected cases were found right at the middle of the domestic tourism season. All the country freaked out at that time with the worry of a strong comeback of the disease due to the evolution of the virus. Luckily, thanks to the fast reaction of the government, Da Nang is now opened and all city's activities work as normal. Up until now (21 Sept 2020), the second outbreak of Covid-19 is limited and it has been almost 20 days that no new patients are found in public. In total, at present, Vietnam has 1068 patients, but only a few of them are public cases and others are Vietnamese citizens who came back from overseas and were quarantined immediately when they landed in Vietnam which means there would be no threat of a new outbreak started from them.
Although there are more than 1000 infected cases found (according to the statistic at the end of 21st Sept 2020), 941 patients were cured and have left the hospital already, others are believed that they will be cured soon and all are in stable condition. Different from the difficult general situation in many other countries, especially the USA, India, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico where the number of infected people and also death is increasing every day, the Vietnam government has isolated all Vietnamese citizens who come back from overseas these days (by some aid flights) and the number of newly infected cases is limited a lot now.
As an action to prevent the development of a Coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam, the Vietnamese government restricted all international flights and shut down all border gates, no one is allowed to in and out of the country except for diplomatic conditions and aid flights. Besides, the government also encourages locals not to congregate, especially in public places; besides, many big events were canceled to avoid the congregation; therefore, the possibility of spreading Covid-19 in Vietnam is limited at the lowest level. In fact, in this period, although the number of visitors to Vietnam declines rapidly, still many tourists are traveling to popular destinations like Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, etc. and they do not really worry about the Coronavirus as it seems like the outbreak has not happened in Vietnam and the number of infected cases is really low (even lower than the number of seasonal flu cases in the United State and Australia). In addition, as the country overcome the second outbreak successfully, from the middle of this September, some international flights were opened between Vietnam and some Asian countries where the disease has been controlled well such as Japan (Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh - Tokyo), China (Ho Chi Minh - Guang Zhou), Korea (Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh - Seoul, Taiwan (Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh - Taipei), Laos and Cambodia. And please note that, at the moment, although some international economic flights are opened, the priority entry includes only diplomatic cases, civil servants, experts, senior workers, employees of key projects, and their family members.
As the international flights between Vietnam and other countries have been being opened gradually, if you are planning to come to Vietnam soon, there are many things that you have to prepare to enter the country and also prevent Coronavirus during your trip. Please take a look at some must-prepare things below:
Medical masks are helpful to protect you from virus
Hand sanitizer should be used to wash your hand usually while traveling
Use the travel water bottle to bring water along your trip and save the environment
Some other things that you should note down to prepare for your trip to Vietnam:
Some studies said that the Coronavirus is strongest at the temperature of under 25oC and it is easy to see that most of the infected cases of Coronavirus were found in the North of Vietnam where shares the border with China and has cold and wet weather these days. Therefore, if you want to travel Vietnam in this period, you should choose to visit the South and the South Central of Vietnam where the average temperature is about 30oC, the weather is sunny, warm, and dry (which is not suitable for the existence of Coronavirus); some popular destinations that you can visit here are: Danang, Hoi An, Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, and Phu Quoc Island.
A sunny day at Mekong Delta - there is no winter here, a safe place during the Coronavirus outbreak
In general, being afraid and worrying about the disease is a must as you will be ready and prepare to avoid it; however, don't be so scared about it as the fear may prevent you from enjoying your life. Vietnam is not 100% safe during the Coronavirus outbreak; however, if you are strong and travel smartly and carefully, you still can explore this beautiful country safely.
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