The Vietnam Ministry of Transport has suggested that passengers traveling to and from localities that follow Directive 15 or Directive 19 only need to follow the “5K principle” and the Ministry of Health’s regulations.
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has recently issued a new travel regulations draft for commerce transportation activities in five sectors (aviation, road, railway, maritime, and waterway) while localities relax measures of preventing and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second draft, replacing the old one from 21 September with some updates and changes.
Specifically, the Ministry of Transport crossed out the proposal that requires passengers to meet one of three conditions: fully vaccinated; or have recovered from COVID-19; or have a negative test certificate for SARS-CoV-2.
Passengers when traveling using public transport (going to and from the locality or the area following Directive 15 or Directive 19) are only required to strictly follow the “5K principle”, fill out the medical declarations according to the regulations of the Ministry of Health, declare on suckhoe.dancuquocgia.gov.vn, and comply with the regulations on preventing and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. The “5K principle” includes mask, disinfection, distance, no gathering, and medical declaration (khau trang – khu khuan – khoang cach – khong tap trung – khai bao y te).
Along with the draft of the new plan, the Ministry of Transport has also sent a document to the Ministry of Health requesting comments on this draft before September 27, so that the Ministry of Transport could complete and issue the plan.
In these new travel regulations, localities that are implementing Directive 16: cannot organize commerce transport activities (except for cases permitted by competent authorities). Airports and railway stations may operate and receive passengers to and from other places that do not apply Directive 16.
In localities that are implementing Directives 15 and 19, they can organize passenger transport. However, the percentage of transport vehicles and the number of passengers on each carriage must be limited.
Passenger transport organizations can operate normally in localities or regions that are implementing the “new normal” mode.
Previously, in the first draft, the Ministry of Transport proposed two options: passengers follow the 5K principle, or meet one of the conditions: fully vaccinated with the first dose had been taken at least 14 days in advance; or have recovered from COVID-19; or tested negative within 72 hours.
With the first draft, pertaining to road transport, the Ministry of Transport proposed a regulation to organize SARS-CoV-2 testing every 14 days for drivers and service staff. In addition, drivers and other staff must meet one of the following conditions: fully vaccinated with the first dose had been taken at least 14 days in advance; or have recovered from COVID-19; or tested negative within 72 hours.
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