HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has denied permission to dock for two cruise ships amid fears of coronavirus infections on board, according to state media, ship tracking websites and messages posted to social media by passengers.
Because of the virus, many cruises in Southeast Asia are being cancelled while others currently sailing are being re-routed, skipping originally scheduled stops in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Authorities in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO world heritage site Ha Long Bay, decided on Tuesday not to allow passengers of the German-owned AIDAvita cruise ship to disembark on Thursday, the state Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said.
“The vessel has docked in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, which have all reported coronavirus cases,” VNA said.
“Not allowing AIDIvita’s passengers to disembark (in Vietnam) is just a temporary solution to prevent the intrusion of diseases,” VNA cited a local official as saying.
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