U.S. citizens will now have to wait for about six weeks to be able to get a new, longer-duration visa, compared to the current three-month single-entry one to enter Vietnam. But the payback is that Vietnam will issue 12-month, multiple-entry visas to American citizens who travel temporarily to Vietnam for business or tourism.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is celebrating the discovery of a new population of the elusive grey-shanked douc, a critically endangered primate which is found only in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. It was thought there were only 800 to 1,000 grey-shanked doucs left in the world, but the new discovery adds at least 500 to that count. Doucs are targeted for the illegal wildlife trade and are hunted for bush meat, traditional medicine and the pet trade.
This year’s Saigon Cyclo Challenge organised by Saigon Children’s Charity at Celadon City (Tan Phu) attracted around 2,000 attendees and raised almost US$25,000 to support Saigon Children’s Charity in its mission of ‘Eliminating Poverty through Education’. Working towards its 25th Anniversary next year (1992 to 2017), SCC is aiming to provide 2,500 scholarships and build 16 schools during 2016.
Air quality figures taken at a site in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 suggests that the daily average air pollution in Vietnam’s largest city is more than four times above the safe limit established by the World Heath Organisation (WHO).
Anyone concerned about declining air quality in Vietnam’s big cities can now check pollution data hourly thanks to a new service provided by the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.
A soon-to-be completed Emergency Medical Response Center in Ho Chi Minh City went through a full simulation of its ProQA software programme last week.