Hanoi (Reuters) – Vietnam will stop issuing tourist visas to citizens of the Schengen area of Europe and Britain as of Sunday, amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported on Friday.
The restriction will start from midday on March 15, following a proposal by the country's prime minister, the state-run newspaper Hanoimoi reported.
The British embassy in Hanoi updated its travel advice on a UK government website.
"As of midday in Vietnam, March 15, all foreigners will be refused entry to Vietnam if, in the previous 14 days, they have been in the United Kingdom or any Schengen country, even in transit," the statement said on the website . "This restriction will remain in effect for 30 days."
The Schengen area is a travel zone without border control that comprises 26 European countries.
Vietnam previously stopped travel without visas for citizens of eight European countries.
Three weeks after Vietnam declared that all 16 cases of coronavirus had recovered, the number of infected patients is increasing, after authorities said a series of new infections was attributed to a flight from Britain.
Vietnam confirmed 47 cases of the coronavirus. There were no deaths in the country. (Reporting by Phuong Nguyen)