HANOI, 17 September 2020: Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport gained approval earlier this week to resume international flights to six destinations according to a government announcement.
Flight bookings will be open specific passenger categories such as investors, business managers and high-tech workers while excluding leisure travellers.
Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh approved the Ministry of Transport’s proposal on resuming international commercial flights to six destinations effective 15 to 22 September depending on the routes.
Four air routes to Guangzhou (China), Taiwan (China), Seoul ( Republic of Korea), and Tokyo (Japan) stared 15 September. Flights to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Vientiane (Laos) will begin 22 September.
The maximum number of flights will not exceed two per week on each route and could be increased depending on travel demand. Passenger capacity on each flight and other conditions will be agreed upon between Vietnam and a “reciprocity” basis with each country.
There are restrictions on the passenger categories allowed to fly. Bookings are open to holders of diplomatic and official passports and their family members; experts, investors, business managers, high-tech workers and their family members; and Vietnamese wishing to return home.
Travellers must present a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to departure.
After landing in Vietnam, they shall undergo a second Covid-19 RT-PCR test and enter quarantine at designated hotels or other accommodation options approved by the government (factories for high-tech workers).
Vietnamese citizens must also present a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to departure, and they will undergo a second Covid-19 RT-PCR test on arrival and quarantine at centralized facilities or designated hotels and accommodation.
Passengers flying from a third country will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The deputy PM also ordered the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to shorten the time required for visa issuance to three days.
The Ministry of Public Security shall coordinate with local authorities to organize and supervise the implementation of quarantine rules as regulated.
The Ministry of Health was asked to organize quick tests in accordance with regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
Localities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, were tasked to further increase quarantine capacity.
(Source: VGP news)