Vietnam set to restart international flights this week

 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 


Vietnam has finally decided to restart passenger flights and will resume its international services by connecting the country to six Asian cities starting Friday, September 18. The services are resuming after months of shutdown observed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim to restarting an economy battered by the coronavirus outbreak by boosting business activity.

The government recently announced that foreigners travelling for business or study, along with Vietnamese nationals and their family members, will be allowed in from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, South Korea’s Seoul, Japan’s Tokyo, and Taipei. It was also informed that flights to and from Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Laos’ Vientiane would start next week.

As of now, there will be two round trips each week between Vietnam and the selected destinations. All travellers would be required to produce negative COVID-19 test results before boarding their flight and again upon landing. People staying in Vietnam for fewer than 14 days will not need to be quarantined but have to be tested. They will also have to wear a mask and refrain from shaking hands.

Other individuals would be required to undergo quarantine at an army-run facility or government-designated hotels but if their second test comes back negative, they could be given a shorter stint of five days rather than 14. Travellers will have to pay for all quarantine and testing expenses. Those who transit through the six cities from a different destination can also enter Vietnam but will need to be tested and undergo a 14-day quarantine.

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