Vietnam officially resumes six international flights

The Vietnamese government has agreed with the proposal of the Ministry of Transport on the resumption of six international flights from Vietnam to some countries.
September 16, 2020 | 06:53
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Accordingly, the flight routes to China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will be reoperated from September 15; flights to Laos and Cambodia from September 22, VNExpress reported.

There would be two weekly round trips at maximum on each route and the number of flights will be adjusted further depending on actual situations.

People eligible to enter Vietnam include foreigners carrying diplomatic and official passports and their families, experts, investors, business managers, high-skilled workers, and their families, international students, foreign family members of Vietnamese citizens, and Vietnamese citizen returning from abroad.

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Aircraft park at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport in March 2020.

Photo: Quynh Tran/ VnExpress.

Passengers must furnish the certificate demonstrating that they tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 within three days prior to boarding the flights. Upon arriving, passengers will continue to go through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at the quarantine camps.

Passengers tested negative twice can be considered to shorten their quarantine period to five days instead of 14 days. After that, they will be self-isolated at their houses or working places.

Those entering Vietnam after transiting in a third country must stay in centralized quarantine camps for 14 days and will be tested as required.

The cost of isolation and testing is borne by the incoming person, regardless of whether their nationality is Vietnamese or foreign.

Different Quarantine Options for Foreign Arrivals

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Passengers entering Vietnam will be tested with RT-PCR upon landing Photo: Viet Linh/ Zing News.

After taking the necessary screening steps at quarantine camps, foreign arrivals have different options for their continued quarantine.

Foreigners holding official or diplomatic passports and their families will be quarantined at their offices' guest houses and at lodgings of their choice.

Experts, investors, business managers, high-skilled workers, and their families, international students, and family members of Vietnamese citizens will be quarantined at their company offices, factories, or hotels.

Vietnamese citizens will be quarantined at military camps or hotels of their choice.

Those transiting in a third country before entering Vietnam will be quarantined for 14 days, except for special cases directed by the competent authorities.

Foreigners entering Vietnam to work for less than 14 days will not have to be quarantined at centralized facilities, but they must continue complying with the regulations against the virus.

Previously, Vietnam Airlines officially resumed scheduled international flights to Japan from September 18.

Accordingly, in September, flights from Hanoi to Narita Airport (Tokyo, Japan) will depart at 23.45 on September 18, September 25, and September 30; ones from Ho Chi Minh City to Narita will depart at 0:00 on September 30. The flight schedules in the next months will be soon updated.

Customers can buy flight tickets to Japan on VNA’s website, mobile application, and agents nationwide. The price of a one-way ticket including taxes and fees is from 10.19 million VND (US$4399).

Bamboo Airways also announced to reopen the Hanoi - Taipei (Taiwan) flight route from September 29 with a frequency of one flight per week, departing at 13:00 every Tuesday. The Hanoi - Seoul route is expected to be restored from October 7 with a frequency of one flight per week, departing from Hanoi at 23:50 every Wednesday. The return flights to Vietnam will be carried out depending on the COVID-19 developments and the approval of the relevant authorities.

Vietnam has closed its borders and suspended all international flights since late March.

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