Daily Archives: May 27, 2020

Vietnam grants e-visas for citizens from 80 countries

Citizens from 80 countries worldwide will be allowed to enter Vietnam using e-visas from July, according to a resolution recently issued by the Government.


Among the countries are Austria, Poland, Portugal, the UAE, Germany, India, the Republic of Korea, Japan, US, Italy, Poland, France, China, Russia and the UK.


The resolution also features a list of border gates and airports that will accept electronic entry.


Eight airports that will accept e-visas are NoiBai, Tan Son Nhat, Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Cat Bi, Can Tho, PhuQuoc and PhuBai.


Sixteen road border gates listed in the new decision include MongCai in QuangNinh province, HuuNghi in Lang Son province, Lao Cai, Nam Can in Nghe An province, Cau Treo in Ha Tinh province, La Lay, Lao Bao in Quang Tri province and Ha Tien in KienGiang province.


Thirteen sea border gates in the list are Hon Gai, Cam Pha in QuangNinh province, HaiPhong in HaiPhong city, Nghi Son in ThanhHoa province, VungAng in Ha Tinh province, Chan May in ThuaThien-Hue province, Dung Quat in QuangNgai province, HCM City sea border gate, among others.


Vietnam started a two-year e-visa pilot programme for foreigners from 40 countries on February 1, 2017.


The pilot scheme did not require foreigners to be sponsored or invited by organisations or individuals in Vietnam to be applicable for the e-visas, as long as they have valid passports and are citizens of one of the 40 listed countries.


Foreigners are not required to be present at representative agencies of Vietnam in their countries, get interviewed or scan their fingers to apply for e-visas.


They can go directly to the website https://immigration.gov.vn and apply for e-visas themselves.


Applications are processed within three working days. Each applicant will be provided with a digital code, with which they can check the application progress and print their e-visas once they have been issued.


They can also present the codes at border gates and airports for scanning of their e-visas.


The e-visas are valid for 30 days. Each applicant must pay a non-refundable application fee of 25 USD via bank transfer.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Traffic accidents down in first five months of 2020


The number of traffic accidents and traffic-related deaths and injuries dropped in the first five months of 2020.


According to the Office Chief of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Nguyen Trong Thai, a total of 5,508 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, killing 2,667 people and injuring 3,965 others.


The number of traffic accidents, death and injuries fell by 18.75 percent, 14.74 percent and 24.53 percent, respectively, compared with the same period last year.


Among the accidents, 3,069 happened on roads, claiming 2,603 lives and injuring 1,536 others. Meanwhile, 36 people were killed and seven others were injured in 36 accidents on railways.


In January – May, 32 accidents occurred on waterways, killing 31 and injuring four others. Five sea accidents were reported in the reviewed period, claiming two lives.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Hanoi to build 270 bus shelters, upgrade 330

Hanoi’s Department of Transport recently proposed to the capital People’s Committee to build 270 new bus shelters and upgrade 330 old shelters in the city using the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.


The bus shelters, which will be built and upgraded following European standards in all 12 districts of the city, would be worth nearly 1 trillion VND (42.9 million USD).


Some selected shelters will have Wi-fi routers installed to provide free Wi-fi for passengers.


The construction time is estimated to be seven years.


Ngo Manh Tuan, deputy director of the department, said using PPP to construct the bus shelters was appropriate as the State budget was limited.


The model would draw private investment and advanced technology, he said.


At first, the investor would cover all initial costs. In exchange, the investor would be allowed to install 1,200 advertising boards on roads’ median in the city. Then the investor would recover its investment capital in 20 years from advertising revenue.


The department said the city now had 1,078 bus stops and only 365 bus shelters.


However, current bus shelters vary in their quality, with some lacking chairs and some only providing printed bus routes instead of electronic.


The department said it wanted to improve bus shelters in the city to better serve passengers and improve the image of the city.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


GoViet to provide nearly 100,000 meals to drivers

Multi-service app GoViet announced on May 27 that its drivers will receive nearly 100,000 food portions from partner restaurants.


Besides, tens of thousands of vouchers worth 250,000 VND (11 USD) each will be provided for drivers to support their daily living costs.


The support is backed by a fund founded by GoViet’s Indonesia-based parent company Gojek in March to assist drivers and restaurant partners amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


GoViet’s Operational Manager Phung Tuan Duc said the initiative is hoped to ease the difficulties being faced by drivers and the company will look for new solutions to assist all components of GoViet’s ecosystem.


Earlier, the company introduced the GoShield initiative, which includes an insurance plan and cloth face masks for drivers.


Gojek’s 6-million USD relief fund aims to mitigate any damage caused by COVID-19 and help more than 2.9 million drivers and restaurant partners across Southeast Asia. Staff at GoViet also donated to the fund.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


Vietnamese citizens return home from RoK


Nearly 340 Vietnamese citizens have been brought home from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and quarantined upon arrival.


The Vietnamese Embassy and relevant agencies in the RoK and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines have worked together to arrange the flight which landed at Da Nang International Airport in the central city on May 27.


The passengers include children, students, the elderly, sick people, labourers whose visas have expired and tourists, people on business trips who were stranded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Following orders of the Prime Minister, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transport have collaborated with Vietnamese agencies in a number of countries to bring home Vietnamese citizens over the past few weeks.


All returnees and crew members have been quarantined after landing. Those who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 have been moved to healthcare facilities.


The Vietnamese agencies located overseas will continue to work with domestic airlines to arrange more flights to bring Vietnamese citizens home, depending on the developments of the pandemic and quarantine capacity of localities.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

ThanhHoa detains major drug trafficker

Police in MuongLat district in the north-central province of ThanhHoa on May 27 said they have arrested a smuggler of nearly 2,000 methamphetamine pills.


Ha Minh Duc, born in 1991, residing in QuanHoa town, was caught while trafficking the drug through Tao village, Trung Ly commune.


The police also seized a motorbike, a gun, and a knife.


Duc confessed that he bought the drug from Laos to sell in QuanHoa.


Further investigation is underway.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Taiwanese man prosecuted for drug trafficking

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Procuracy on May 27 issued a decision for the prosecution of a Taiwanese national for “trafficking drugs”, in line with Article 250 of the 2015 Criminal Code.


34-year-old Chen Tsen Wei was detained by HCM City’s police in Hoc Mon district on March 27, 2019, when he was smuggling 895 bricks of heroin totaling over 316kg – the largest-ever volume of drugs in Vietnam.


Investigations unveiled that as from November 2018, Chen and his accomplices had entered Vietnam many times for drug trafficking.


During the period, Chen and another 33-year-old Taiwanese named Yen Yung Chu hid 1.5 tonnes of crystal meth in a warehouse in the southern province of Binh Duong for delivery to Taiwan (China). However, the shipment was detected by Taiwanese police when it arrived in Kaohsiung port.


In February 2019, the men shipped four containers of plastics from Vietnam to Taiwan. After being informed by Vietnamese colleagues, Taiwanese police checked the containers but they found no drugs in three of the containers, while the other had completed its journey before Taiwanese police got the information.


On March 11, 2019, Chen Tsen Wei continued to enter Vietnam. On March 27, 2019, he and Yen used a truck to transport drugs when they were detected by HCM City Police, but Yen escaped.


With the charge, Chen may face 20 years behind bars or death penalty.


Source: Vietnam News Agency