|Japanese experts wearing protective suits arrive at Van Don airport in Quang Ninh
All passengers wore protective suits, filled compulsory health declarations, and were placed in quarantine at facilities for 14 days according to regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control. Check-in counters and airport terminals were also later sterilised.
The passengers are executives who have been newly assigned by their Japanese companies to posts in Vietnam. They underwent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing before departure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Japanese media.
Vietnam and Japan have agreed to partially ease travel restrictions in an effort to resume trade cooperation between the two countries. The two sides will exchange specific measures and procedures through diplomatic channels to prevent the spread of the virus and comply with relevant regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control of each country.
This week, three flights from Japan’s Narita airport are scheduled to land at Van Don airport, bringing nearly 450 Japanese businesspeople to Vietnam. The flights are supported by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) in Vietnam.
Vietnam in late March suspended entry for all foreign nationals and it has recently resumed flights for foreign experts, businesspeople and skilled workers after the COVID-19 epidemic was brought under control in the country.
Japan was Vietnam's fourth largest investor in 2019 after the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong (China) and Singapore. It was also Vietnam’s largest labor market, welcoming around 80,000 guestworkers last year.
The Japan External Trade Organization reports more than 1,800 Japanese companies had opened offices in Vietnam by the end of 2018. Data from the Japan National Tourism Organization show that a daily average of 2,300 people from Japan visited Vietnam in 2018.