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In Photo: Vietnam's first commercial international flight in post-COVID-19 context

08:22 | 20/09/2020

The first international flight on a route from Noi Bai to Narita (Tokyo) was re-operated after a 6-month closing due to Covid-19.

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At 3:30 pm on September 19, passengers going to Narita (Tokyo) started checking in at Noi Bai International Airport. The flight departs at 6:30 with more than 100 passengers booked. (Photo: VN Express)
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To board, in addition to regular documents such as passports, visas, passengers need to have a negative test certificate for nCoV issued within 3 days prior to flight. The airline only accepts test papers from Hospital 108 or Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. (Photo: VN Express)
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The staff of Vietnam Airline instructs passengers to install health declaration software when they come to Japan and check their nCov test papers. (Photo: VN Express)
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Passenger Le Thi Hong Loi waits to complete procedures at security gate. Ms. Loi said she took this flight went to Japan to work as a part production worker for an enterprise. "When I first went to Japan, I was a bit worried about the situation of Covid-19, although I was mentally prepared for everything to come," she said. (Photo: VN Express)
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Before boarding, many passengers wear protective clothing to ensure epidemic prevention, even though it is not mandatory. The next flights from Hanoi to Narita depart on September 25 and September 30. The first flight from HCMC to Narita departs at 0:00 on September 30. (Photo: VN Express)
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The flight crew includes 14 people: 10 flight attendants and 4 pilots. (Photo: VN Express)
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The flight crew is ready to bring passengers to Japan after more than 4 months of halting operating international commercial flights. The entire crew after returning to Vietnam will be health checked and quarantined according to regulations. The aircraft is also sprayed with chemicals according to international standards. (Photo: VN Express)
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At 6:30 a.m., the flight to Narita took off. The policy of resuming international commercial flights between Vietnam and a number of partners was approved by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on September 15. Previously, Vietnam stopped all commercial routes with other countries from April 1 to prevent Covid-19. (Photo: VN Express)
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