Vietnam has spared Samsung Display engineers from its 14-day isolation that is ordered for anyone arriving from South Korea.
Some 700 of the display manufacturer’s engineers will be allowed to enter the nation and get straight to work without needing to be isolated for two weeks, based on a Korean media report citing South Korean government officers.
186 engineers have left Incheon International Airport for Van Don International Airport in Vietnam, the report stated. They’ll go directly to Bac Ninh Province in Northern Vietnam, where Samsung Display has its OLED display module manufacturing facility. They will be separated from present employees and placed in different quarters.
Before making the exemption, Vietnamese authorities inspected Samsung’s production and deemed it sufficient to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the report added. The rest of the engineers in South Korea will leave for Vietnam in the following weeks.
The choice to send the engineers to Vietnam was made to prevent delays in the firm’s production schedule, the report stated.
A Samsung Display spokesperson confirmed the matter; however, he declined to explain further.
The decision comes after the South Korean embassy in Vietnam requested for the engineers to be exempt from the nation’s quarantine course when arriving in the nation if they could provide medical examination reports that proved they didn’t contract with the coronavirus.
Samsung is the largest single foreign direct investor in Vietnam and accounts for one-fourth of the nation’s exports.