Vietnam will ban from entering all foreign nationals, in a bid to prevent a further coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

On Sunday, Vietnam suspended tourist visas for United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and European Schengen countries.

According to the ministry, visas on arrival will also be suspended for all foreign countries, VisaGuide.World reports.

“The government sees the visa suspension policy as an effective measure to constrain the rapid spread of the virus, given many countries are now at high risk of infection,” a state-run newspaper reads.

Exempt from the border restrictions will be diplomatic and business travellers, the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s statement reads, explaining that the entry ban will be effective for 30 days.

Soon after the decision came into force, the British embassy in Hanoi updated the travel advice on the UK government website.

“From noon Vietnam time, March 15, all foreign nationals will be refused entry to Vietnam if in the previous 14 days they have been to the UK, or any Schengen country, even in transit,” reads the UK government website.

Vietnam Airlines announced that it will not carry any of the passengers on return flights to Vietnam, from Paris, Frankfurt, and London, starting from Sunday.

All the flights arranged to depart those cities will land at Van Don and Can Tho airports, where the passengers will be isolated for 14 days.

Earlier this month, Vietnam temporarily suspended the visa-free entry for Italians, as the number of infected persons with coronavirus in this country is the highest in Europe.

Vietnam also has restricted entry for nationals of South Korea until further notice.

There are 66 cases of persons infected with COVID-19 in Vietnam, 16 of them have totally recovered.

As yet there are 188,683 cases of people infected with coronavirus worldwide, while the number of death reached 7,511.

From COVID-19, up to 80,000 persons so far have been recovered.