Hanoi, Hai Phong Lift Mandatory Quarantine for Air Passengers

Hanoi and Hai Phong have decided to scrap mandatory quarantine for passengers traveling by air from Ho Chi Minh City.
October 12, 2021 | 08:04
Passengers wait for boarding at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, Oct. 10, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
Passengers wait for boarding at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, Oct. 10, 2021. Photo: VnExpress

Passengers from Ho Chi Minh City will not have to undergo quarantine at concentrated establishments for a week when they travel to Hanoi and Hai Phong.

The two major cities have decided to impose seven-day home quarantine for passengers from HCM City.

The Hanoi People’s Committee on October 11 issued a document on the pilot resumption of regular domestic flights to/from the capital city.

Accordingly, there will be only one round trip a day from October 10-12 with flights carrying only half of their passenger capacity.

The same day the Hai Phong People’s Committee also issued a document on the control of passengers to/from Cat Bi International Airport when domestic flights are resumed.

Passengers coming from high-risk areas will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days, and take Covid-19 tests on the second and seventh days. Meanwhile, those coming from at-risk or new normal areas will undergo 14-day home quarantine, and will be tested once after one week.

Hanoi, Hai Phong Lift Mandatory Quarantine for Air Passengers
Hai Phong and Hanoi have decided to impose seven-day home quarantine for passengers from HCM City. Photo: VnExpress

Local officials asked district authorities to compile the list of arriving passengers for monitoring and closely coordinate with the health sector collect samples for testing.

The entire cost of travelling and testing is covered by the passengers.

At 5pm on October 11, Vietnam Airlines’ VNA216 flight departed from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, carrying nearly 120 passengers on wide-body Boeing 787. It was the first commercial flight between HCM City and Hanoi after several domestic routes reopened a day earlier.

Two days ago, Hanoi and Hai Phong required people arriving from HCM City by air to be quarantined at concentrated facilities or designated hotels for seven days.

The Ministry of Transport requires all passengers to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days or have recovered from Covid-19 six months prior to their departure. Everyone should also furnish Covid-19 negative results obtained within 72 hours.

So far, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has resumed two-way flights between Hanoi and HCM City and Da Nang, between HCM City and Hai Phong, Vinh, Thanh Hoa, Quy Nhon, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Dong Hoi, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Phu Quoc. The flights between HCM City and Rach Gia of Ca Mau are run by VASCO, a member of Vietnam Airlines Group./.

Hanoi, Hai Phong Lift Mandatory Quarantine for Air Passengers
The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways and Vietjet Air will offer flights from October 10 to 20. Photo: VNA

The Ministry of Transport has resumed 19 air routes with the majority connecting Ho Chi Minh City and localities.

Of the flights to be launched from October 10 to 20 on a pilot basis, there are return flights daily between HCM City and Binh Dinh, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue, Khanh Hoa, Nghe An, Phu Yen, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Thanh Hoa, Hai Phong, Phu Quoc, Gia Lai, and Rach Gia. The remaining routes comprise Hanoi-HCM City, Hanoi-Da Nang, Hanoi-Can Tho; Da Nang-Can Tho, Da Nang-Dak Lak; and Thanh Hoa-Lam Dong.

Notably, flights between Hanoi and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will be operated at the request of competent agencies.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways and Vietjet Air will offer flights during the 11-day trial period.

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