Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Events September 2021

Exhibition of Vietnamese paintings launched in the Netherlands

source: Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands

On September 3, 2021, the No Hero Museum in Delden launched an exhibition of paintings by talented Vietnamese artists from the collection of Dutch businessman Geert Steinmeijer.

With a strong passion for arts, Mr. Steinmeijer created a private museum with his own funds with the motto of connecting artistic emotions. He regards the museum as his third child. He made many business trips to Vietnam from the 1990s to 2010. There, he fell in love with Vietnamese artists’ paintings and Vietnamese Culture. He has collected 35 paintings by talented Vietnamese artists of the first and second generations after the August Revolution, such as Tran Dinh Tho, Vu Giang Huong, Do Xuan Doan, To Ngoc Thanh, Huynh Phuong Dong, Bui Huu Hung, Dang Xuan Hoa, Nguyen Trung. Many Vietnamese paintings have been exhibited since 2020, but this is the first time the entire collection has been presented to the public with the main materials of lacquer and silk. The theme of the exhibition – “Vietnam: A Dream Paradise” – was chosen by him as he wanted to introduce an optimistic and poetic lifestyle of the Vietnamese people in a tragic, heroic, optimistic and hopeful period. The layout of the exhibition consists of 3 sections: “Vietnamese identity”, “Vietnamese women” and “Paradise on Earth” as to depict the determination to fight for freedom, peace and life. The host showed his deep understanding of Vietnam when he said: This exhibition consists of beautiful paintings, presents a beautiful, outwardly peaceful life of a nation that “history has never treated kindly”. Geert Steinmeijer’s love for Vietnam spread throughout his small family. His daughter took a 6-week motorbike trip across Vietnam to understand Vietnam with her own feelings. Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands Pham Viet Anh was honored to cut the ribbon opening the exhibition. Representatives of the Adhoc Committee of the Vietnamese Association in the Netherlands and many relatives in the community attended the exhibition were proud of the talent of Vietnamese artists and deeply moved by the love and sympathy of Dutch friends for Vietnam.

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Viet Nam shortens mandatory quarantine period for vaccinated arrivals

Source: Vietnam Government Portal 4 August 2021

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH), fully vaccinated entrants with negative COVID-19 tests are subjected to undergo seven days of centralized quarantine and another seven days for medical surveillance. Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuan has recently signed document 6288/BYT-MT on shortened quarantine period for fully vaccinated entrants in accordance with Resolution 78/NQ-CP, dated July 20, 2021, opinions of researchers and scientists of the World Health Organization in Viet Nam, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The ministry also asks fully vaccinated entrants to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test (by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method) issued within 72 hours before arrival in Viet Nam. Qualified entrants are those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine (the last dose must be taken at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before the entry time).

Entrants who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 (must present certificates of positive test for SAR-COV-2 by RT-PCR method of single sample no more than 6 months from the time of entry) are required to present certificates of recovery from SARS-CoV-2.All entrants shall have to be tested for COVID-19 on the first and the seventh day of the quarantine period (counting from the entry date). The first test could use either rapid antigen or RT-PCR methods, but the second test must be RT-PCR one.

Those completing centralized quarantine and travelling to their residences/hotels/accommodation for further observation must wear masks, keep a distance, and use the contact tracing app Bluezone. The Bluezone app is required to be active during the seven days of follow-up observation.

Earlier, the northern province of Quang Ninh had been selected by the ministry to carry out pilot implementation of the seven-day quarantine in July.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Viet Nam suspended entry of foreign arrivals from March 22, 2020 but this policy is not applicable to diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers.

On July 14, the ministry decided to cut the mandatory quarantine period for foreign arrivals and those who come in close contact with COVID-19 patients from 21 days to 14 days.

Viet Nam began to impose 21-day quarantine policy for both foreign arrivals and F1 individuals from May 5, 2021 after several individuals contracted COVID-19 though they had completed 14-day quarantine and tested negative for the virus twice or thrice.As of early August 4, Viet Nam documented 174,461 cases including 2,328 imported infections.