Since the recent Covid-19 Outbreak in Vietnam is gradually being put under control, the country is planning to resume some international flights starting from September 15th.
After a few months keeping its borders closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Vietnam finally proposes to reopen and welcome international tourists. Last month, The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) planned to resume international routes to Japan and Korea first on September 15th. Following it, September 3rd, they have proposed to restart commercial routes to 4 more areas including China, Laos, Taiwan, and Cambodia, and have waited for approval. If approved, it is estimated that there will be nearly 5,000 passengers entering Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City per week.
- Ho Chi Minh City – Guangzhou (China) Route is expected to reconnect with a frequency of 2 round-trip flights per week. In particular, the Vietnamese side appoints Vietnam Airlines / Pacific Airlines to operate one flight, and the Chinese side makes one trip. The estimated number of isolated visitors in Ho Chi Minh City is up to 540 guests per week.
- For Japan Routes, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam plans to resume the Hanoi – Tokyo route with a frequency of two flights per week, and Ho Chi Minh City – Tokyo with a frequency of two flights per week. Each country operates one flight per flight route. The maximum number of isolated guests in both cities will be approximately 560 per week.
- With South Korea Routes, Vietnam Airlines plans to operate Hanoi – Seoul route with a frequency of one flight per week; Vietjet operates the Ho Chi Minh City – Seoul Route. The number of quarantined visitors in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be 650 per week.
- The Route to Taipei – Taiwan will be operated by Vietnam Airlines in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietjet in Hanoi. The estimated number of quarantined visitors per week in Hanoi is 620 and in Ho Chi Minh is 700.
- Routes to Laos and Cambodia are also proposed by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam to resume with a frequency of one flight per week, which is operated by Vietnam Airlines.
Since the government is still putting safety as the top priority, tourists entering Vietnam will have to follow several strict regulations. According to the proposal, all passengers arriving in Vietnam must have been in the partner country/region for at least 30 consecutive days prior to prior to the flight, and transit passengers are not accepted. Additionally, they must have a nCoV negative certificate issued within 3 days of the intended date of the flight.
Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airports, passengers will have to undergo a quick medical test (testing costs are covered by the airline). Passengers on entry must stay at locations ordered by the People’s Committee of the Province/City and pay a fee.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam petitioned the Ministry of Health to announce medical quarantine requirements to passengers upon entry, and publish a list of real-time PCR laboratories in the country to inform partners and passengers as they need a Covid-19 confirmation when exiting from Vietnam.
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