I am currently quarantined in a Government facility in Vietnam with 2 other people, my wife and our roommate and new friend we just met yesterday, AMA
We are 1 male, Scottish, my wife, 1 female, American and 1 female, Ukrainian. We have all lived and worked in Vietnam for 4+ years.
We arrived on the same flight to Vietnam last night an hour before 00:00 of the 21st March 2020. This is important in terms of the ever changing rules we are facing that no one seems quite sure about.
My wife and I left Vietnam 12 days ago for what was supposed to be a truly spectacular whirlwind 3 weddings in 3 weeks on 3 continents trip - starting in New Zealand, to the U.S. and back to Vietnam. Unfortunately, no less than 2 days after our departure, covid-19 was confirmed as a pandemic and rapid spread in the US and Europe meant that the virus started crossing borders very quickly... including to New Zealand.
We soon knew that our whirlwind trip was not going to be what we thought it was and started making quick and constantly changing plans and flight arrangements to come home, to Vietnam. Every day we woke up to new rules and had to change something or do something else to try and get back in.
The full story is too long to share here, but after we thought we would be sharing time with our loved ones in different parts of the world, seeing new marriages being formed, and celebrating with our family and friends, we had to leave before the first wedding even took place and the other two have sadly been postponed. Whatever is necessary to make the world safe right now.
Now, on the day of wedding #1, we find ourselves in government quarantine in Vietnam. Apart from being bused to an old dormitory building that students belongings were moved out of yesterday and that it’s outfitted with army supplies, I’m not entirely sure what I’m in for. But we’ll be here for the next 14 days.
Next Saturday, would’ve been wedding #2 in the US and the Saturday after that would’ve been wedding #3. That’s the day we’ll get out of government quarantine.
So we don't have much to do either! So AMA to any of us!!
Proof 1: https://imgur.com/a/tFMVS8k
Proof 2: https://imgur.com/a/09c48U6
11pm 21/1/30 UPDATE: We're heading to sleep. Thanks everyone for your questions and comments, it's been really interesting. And helped us all pass the first day! If we have nothing to do tomorrow, we won't, then we'll respond to anything we've missed or that comes through overnight. Cheers!
9.30am 22/3/2020 Day 2: We're back. We'll try to respond to everyone, thanks for your messages and comments. I understand we are getting some judgement for traveling and that is fully expected and justified. If we knew what we knew now, we wouldn't have left. If our departure had just been two days later, we wouldn't have left. That is how quickly the situation changed. We knew there was a risk, but we didn't expect a full closure of all international travel within 12 days. We were also coming from a country with 0 deaths to a country with 0 deaths. So I'll accept being called an idiot. We didn't think we were putting people in danger, at all. I know it makes it sounds like we were going to the U.S. but by day 1 of leaving we knew that was of the table and in the comments I've said our plan was to get back ASAP after the first wedding. At that point that was a reasonable assumption.
For Ukraine - She was sent by work, who now regret that, to a highly developed country, she didn't see the risk. She has also just reminded me that this is the first time ever that there has been a worldwide, international travel ban. This never happened during SARS or MERS. This is unprecedented. So please reserve your judgement in that context.
10.15am 23/3/2020 Day 3: Still reading the comments and questions, a bit slower now at responding. It's been quite difficult to read all the name calling and chastising, but I fully understand it. I appreciate the people who understand our position or even defend us. As I've said on numerous comments, for my wife and I especially, we absolutely regret our choice, and while this isn't a punishment or prison here, we have absolutely no complaints about being in quarantine or what the Government is doing for us. For Ukraine she was sent on an ill-advised business trip by her company, who now have an internal investigation as to why she was sent.
This article is from March 7th and gives a bit more context around the time we were making our decision, as well as dealing with other things in our life. There is lots in here to support our decision and lots you can use to pillorize us with. So I'm not giving this as a defence or a stick to beat us with, just to give more context.
Remember, airlines were still taking new bookings, people were still travelling. Yes, we were idiots. And that's easy to call us names and judge us in the situation now, so up to you. We're still answering questions if you have any, if you just want to chastise us you are wasting your time. We get it. We are embarrassed and feel like idiots and accept the criticism we've received. But we won't respond to any more of those posts. Even if they finish with a question. Thanks!