MOFA offers recommendations on Covid-19 prevention to Vietnamese citizens in Iran and Italy

Tuesday, 2020-03-03 15:45:30
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People wearing protective masks walk past the Duomo in Milan on February 23. (Photo: AP)
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NDO – On Monday (Mar 2), the Consular Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued a statement advising Vietnamese citizens in Italy and Iran on protective measures against the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreaks.

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Against the complicated development and rapid spread of the Covid-19 epidemic in the two countries, the Consular Department suggested that Vietnamese citizens not go to epidemic-affected areas or those capable of being affected by the epidemic as recommended by local functional agencies, unless absolutely necessary.

For overseas Vietnamese present in the two Covid-19 hit countries, it is necessary to strictly follow recommendations and instructions, and to absolutely comply with the epidemic prevention rule of local authorities regarding issues on travel, avoiding contact and going to crowded places, medical hygiene, examination, isolation and self-isolation.

Vietnamese citizens are recommended to keep calm, avoid panic and follow official anti-epidemic guidance, while not propagating or spreading unverified information on social networks. They are also urged to restrict travel, stay indoors and not go to public places if it is not really necessary.

For those returning to Vietnam from epidemic areas, they will be put into medical quarantine for 14 days after being granted medical examinations as required by the local authorities.

Overseas Vietnamese are suggested to promptly inform local authorities, Vietnamese representative agencies in the host countries and their relatives in case of emergency.

In case of a need for assistance, Vietnamese citizens should contact the citizen protection hotline at +98.930.645.9865 (the Vietnamese Embassy in Iran) or +39.328.831.3251 (the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy), as well as the telephone number of the Consular Department at +84.981.84.84.84.

* On Tuesday (Mar 3), the Standing Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee asked religious organisations and affiliated units to continue coordinating with the relevant authorities, the VFF and other mass organisations to promote their participation in Covid-19 prevention and control.

A Buddhist monk from Linh Quang Pagoda offers free face masks to local residents in Cat Ba Island District, Hai Phong City. (Photo:

In Document No. 603/MTTW-BTT, the VFF suggested that religious organisations increase appropriate measures to inform and encourage religious dignitaries, believers and all walks of life in the community to be fully aware of the dangerous epidemic, while strengthening the implementation of the Government's epidemic prevention and control measures.

They were also asked to promote the role of medical examination and treatment facilities run by religious organisations and affiliated units in coordination with the local authorities and health departments in disease prevention and control, as well as to mobilise support from the religious community for the work.