Travel to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar – Coronavirus Updates (Updated on February 25, 2020)

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As of today, 25th February 2020, 16 cases out of 16 positive cases confirmed with coronavirus in Vietnam has completely recovered and discharged from hospital. We understand that you are worried about the Coronavirus which is expanding through some countries in South East Asia. There is a lot of misinformation about this novel coronavirus which is originated in Wuhan, China. This article collects all that we know now from reliable official sources.

Regarding the update on the disease; we will divide into 3 parts:

  1.  Situation updates in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar
  2. Advice from WHO on travel
  3. Practical steps to take to protect yourself

1. Situation updates in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar

Flight updates:

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam suspended all flights to and from mainland China which has been hit by the Coronavirus.
  • From February 05, Vietnam Airlines will stop the flights to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau until further notice, except flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong – those flights will continue to maintain daily operation.

Confirmed case updates globally and in China – data as reported by 03 February 2020 by WHO

  • Globally: 79,331
  • China: 72,262

Confirmed case updates in some countries, territories or areas outside China – data as reported by 03 February 2020 by WHO:

  • Vietnam: 16
  • Cambodia: 1
  • Laos: 0
  • Myanmar: 0
  • Thailand: 35
  • France: 12
  • Germany: 16
  • USA: 35
  • UK: 9
  • Sweden: 1
  • Spain: 2

For most of the cases, patients have travel history to China. 27,810 cases have been recovered. Following WHO official statistics, there is no death confirmed in Vietnam, and Cambodia. Vietnam will temporarily stop granting tourist visas to Chinese nationals from epidemic-hit areas except emergency cases.

Started from Feb 23, Vietnamese government requested all travelers from Daegu, Korea to fill in medical form and will carefully check their health conditions before letting them enter Vietnam.
Public places are open as usual. People working in hospitality field are well informed of the situation. Therefore, you are expected to see people wearing masks while working to protect clients. Saffron Travel provides hand wash and masks for requested travelers. Complimentary masks are available at the airports too.

2. Advice from WHO and CDC on travel

The Committee of WHO also does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available.

Please read more at: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/30-01-2020-statement-on-the-second-meeting-of-the-international-health-regulations-(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.

For travelers who are traveling to other countries with a risk of Coronavirus, please read more at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china#travel-notices

3. Practical steps to take to protect yourself

It’s possible to stay healthy and safe during the outbreak. Below includes advice on how to protect yourself:

The situation in Vietnam now is under control and at this stage Vietnam is still a safe destination. Saffron Travel is closely monitoring the situation and will try our best to protect and ensure our clients’ safety.

Please contact us at info@saffrontravel.net should you have any further concern.

Image source:

Visualization: JHU CSSE.

Data sources: WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC and DXY.

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