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In Vietnam, where I am stuck right now, all Immigration offices have been closed April 1 to 15.

The article mentions that Vietnamese and foreigners are treated the same. It fails to mention the racial discrimination often bordering on harassment that is taking place, whichby now is totally unjustified, as Vietnam closed its borders over 2 weeks ago, and all foreigners that are still around are equal to locals in terms of risk of infection. 

Closing everything except for Supermarkets and some takeaway only restaurants has led to shoppers packed like sardines in these places, making social distancing impossible. 

So a lot of things have been done wrong here in Vietnam too. 

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30 minutes ago, thecyclist said:

In Vietnam, where I am stuck right now, all Immigration offices have been closed April 1 to 15.

The article mentions that Vietnamese and foreigners are treated the same. It fails to mention the racial discrimination often bordering on harassment that is taking place, whichby now is totally unjustified, as Vietnam closed its borders over 2 weeks ago, and all foreigners that are still around are equal to locals in terms of risk of infection. 

Closing everything except for Supermarkets and some takeaway only restaurants has led to shoppers packed like sardines in these places, making social distancing impossible. 

So a lot of things have been done wrong here in Vietnam too. 

Yep I've seen/read about tons of discriminatory actions such as many hotels and businesses refusing to serve foreigners right now. That includes expats who haven't left the country in years.

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34 minutes ago, thecyclist said:

In Vietnam, where I am stuck right now, all Immigration offices have been closed April 1 to 15.

The article mentions that Vietnamese and foreigners are treated the same. It fails to mention the racial discrimination often bordering on harassment that is taking place, whichby now is totally unjustified, as Vietnam closed its borders over 2 weeks ago, and all foreigners that are still around are equal to locals in terms of risk of infection. 

Closing everything except for Supermarkets and some takeaway only restaurants has led to shoppers packed like sardines in these places, making social distancing impossible. 

So a lot of things have been done wrong here in Vietnam too. 

I left when I was advised by our government. Perhaps you should have to. 

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2 hours ago, Ron jeremy said:

I left when I was advised by our government. Perhaps you should have to. 

Perhaps, I should have, but don't see the advantage of leaving a country (where I have resided for over 2 years) that has around 200 infections with a daily increase of 5 to 10,and zero infections in my province and adjacent provinces to move to one that is fast approaching the 6 digit numbers with infections all over the country. In addition, Vietnam is cheap, being in mere survival mode for a couple of month without making a single penny is possible. In Farangland it would cost me a fortune. 

On the other hand, if this is going to last not for months but a year or years, I will definitely regret my decision to stay put. Life is a gamble. 

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4 hours ago, drbeach said:

Vietnam uses agents to process visa extensions. It does take them 7-10 days to process your paperwork but who cares when you don't have to front up to immigration yourself.

I never had to use and agent in Vietnam. I went to immigration and they took care of everything while I waited. However, that was back in the early 2000's so maybe they changed things. 

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I get a daily report on cases in towns flights buses trains and warnings of possible contact with cases .One has a idea of exposure .Thailand has nothing like this 

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8 hours ago, thecyclist said:

In Vietnam, where I am stuck right now, all Immigration offices have been closed April 1 to 15.

The article mentions that Vietnamese and foreigners are treated the same. It fails to mention the racial discrimination often bordering on harassment that is taking place, whichby now is totally unjustified, as Vietnam closed its borders over 2 weeks ago, and all foreigners that are still around are equal to locals in terms of risk of infection. 

Closing everything except for Supermarkets and some takeaway only restaurants has led to shoppers packed like sardines in these places, making social distancing impossible. 

So a lot of things have been done wrong here in Vietnam too. 

"The article mentions that Vietnamese and foreigners are treated the same. It fails to mention the racial discrimination often bordering on harassment that is taking place, whichby now is totally unjustified, as Vietnam closed its borders over 2 weeks ago, and all foreigners that are still around are equal to locals in terms of risk of infection."

 

I'm in Vietnam and not Vietnamese.

I'm not aware of any racial discrimination nor harassment.

 

 

 

I'm in a large city.

All restaurants here are closed for 2 weeks including takeaway.

 

Yet I've seen no crowds at markets and nothing remotely close to people packed like sardines.

 

6 cases have been found here.

4 have been cured and 2 still being treated.

 

The OP nails it as far as my experience.

Your post seems to be about a different Vietnam.

 

Actually, your other long post seems to be written by a different person as you defend Vietnam and state many of the positives of their record.

 

Here's another example of them doing things very well:

 

https://vietnaminsider.vn/no-penalty-for-overstay-vietnam-visa-during-national-social-distancing/

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, thecyclist said:

Perhaps, I should have, but don't see the advantage of leaving a country (where I have resided for over 2 years) that has around 200 infections with a daily increase of 5 to 10,and zero infections in my province and adjacent provinces to move to one that is fast approaching the 6 digit numbers with infections all over the country. In addition, Vietnam is cheap, being in mere survival mode for a couple of month without making a single penny is possible. In Farangland it would cost me a fortune. 

On the other hand, if this is going to last not for months but a year or years, I will definitely regret my decision to stay put. Life is a gamble. 

Fair enough 

I understand 

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3 hours ago, ericthai said:

I never had to use and agent in Vietnam. I went to immigration and they took care of everything while I waited. However, that was back in the early 2000's so maybe they changed things. 

 

7 hours ago, drbeach said:

Vietnam uses agents to process visa extensions. It does take them 7-10 days to process your paperwork but who cares when you don't have to front up to immigration yourself.

One can extend with or without an agent, the same as Thailand.

 

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5 hours ago, thecyclist said:

Perhaps, I should have, but don't see the advantage of leaving a country (where I have resided for over 2 years) that has around 200 infections with a daily increase of 5 to 10,and zero infections in my province and adjacent provinces to move to one that is fast approaching the 6 digit numbers with infections all over the country. In addition, Vietnam is cheap, being in mere survival mode for a couple of month without making a single penny is possible. In Farangland it would cost me a fortune. 

On the other hand, if this is going to last not for months but a year or years, I will definitely regret my decision to stay put. Life is a gamble. 

I am back in farang land for a few years now I have no assets I pay rent

every fortnight, car registration, electricity,internet,petrol,food,and many

other things and I just live on the old age pension,pay nothing for medical,

hospital why move back to a third world country where it cost me a fortune

on insurance,visa renewals and take the risk to get kicked out at any time.

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