From this Saturday, passengers arriving from South Korea will no longer be required to report their health status at immigration, announced the Ministry of Health today.
South Korean passengers declare their state of health after arriving at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died.
Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.
CDC does not recommend that Americans change their travel plans to the Republic of Korea or other countries because of MERS.
The compulsory filling of a health declaration form for travellers coming from South Korea had been initiated from June 3 by the Vietnamese government as a precaution against the spread of the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus into the country.
Travellers from Middle East countries affected by the MERS virus are still required to fill out the health forms before being allowed to enter.
Since May 20, when the first patient tested positive for the virus, it spread rapidly over South Korea, killing 36 people and infecting 186.
On July 28, the South Korean government declared a de facto end to the MERS outbreak after no new cases were reported in the two weeks prior to that.