On 01 February 2020, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued a decision declaring the novel Coronavirus (nCoV) an epidemic in Vietnam. This comes just two days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared nCoV as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). While the full impact of the outbreak and the resulting precautionary measures imposed by other countries remains to be seen, the Vietnamese Government has taken precautionary measures to provisionally halt certain air travels to China and may temporarily stop issuing visas for foreign visitors who come from areas that are affected by this epidemic, especially from China.


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