CANCELLATION OF ANZAC DAY 2020 SERVICE IN HO CHI MINH CITY
MESSAGE FROM AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CONSULS-GENERAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY
We regret to advise that in line with Australian, New Zealand and Vietnamese Government policies and social distancing guidance, the ANZAC Day dawn service in Ho Chi Minh City will not take place on Saturday 25 April 2020.
This decision has not been made lightly, and has taken into consideration a number of key factors, primarily concerns about the welfare of all visitors who would travel to the Anzac Day services, as well as the view of our host nation regarding large gatherings, the safety of guests, the impact on health systems and the welfare of staff, contractors and security.
The ABC will broadcast and live-stream a private commemorative service from the Australian War Memorial on 25 April from 5.30am AEST (2.30am ICT). New Zealand will similarly be broadcasting an act of remembrance on behalf of the people of New Zealand at the National War Memorial.
We would also like to acknowledge the support we have had over a number of years from the United Kingdom Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City in the hosting of the ANZAC Day dawn service.
Our thoughts are with all of our Vietnam based Australian and New Zealand communities in these challenging and unprecedented times.
Ms Julianne Cowley, Australian Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City and Ms Karlene Davis, New Zealand Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City
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Public Holiday Closure
The Australian Consulate-General will be closed on 10 April in observance of Good Friday.
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For Australians needing consular assistance
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Additional health measures at Vincom Center, District 1 HCMC
The Australian Consulate-General is located at Vincom Center, District 1 HCMC. Vincom Center management have advised the Australian Consulate-General that from 16 March 2020 until further notice, the following health measures will take place
- Face masks are compulsory in all lifts and public spaces in the building
- Avoid talking or making phone calls in the lifts
- Body temperatures will be checked at all entrances
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Notarial services currently suspended
Due to the large volume of calls the Australian Consulate-General is currently receiving, notarial appointments are currently suspended. If you require a time sensitive notarial service please contact us to explain the situation, however we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide the services at this time.
Passport Appointment Bookings
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Visas and Migration
Novel coronavirus and Australian visas
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