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Stranded foreigners in Vietnam to receive visa extension

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A Vietnamese security guard stands near the closed checkpoint at the Cambodia-Vietnam border in Svay Rieng province. Supplied

Stranded foreigners who entered Vietnam before March will receive visa extension until the end of this month, Cambodia’s embassy in the country said.

In a statement, the embassy said Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security informed it on March 30 that foreigners who entered the country before March 1 and have not been able to leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, will have their visa automatically extended until July 31.

“For the extension, foreigners have to fill a form to confirm their temporary addresses and a health statement as well as an official certification issued by their country’s [diplomatic] representative through a diplomatic note or a certification from Vietnam’s authorities,” it said.

With stringent border closures enacted since late March, Vietnam has by now virtually eradicated the coronavirus outbreak within its borders as the country has gone 70 days without any new community infections. However, there have been occasional spikes in new imported cases on repatriation flights to bring Vietnamese overseas home.

Last month, the Cambodian government lifted the ban on cross-border movement via borders shared with Vietnam but said prevention guidelines remain in place to mitigate risks of coronavirus transmission.

The move came three months after Prime Minister Hun Sen declared the closure of borders shared with Vietnam, after the latter imposed a nationwide lockdown in a bid to control imported COVID-19 cases.

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