Vietnam to resume some Asian flights next week

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09:36:03 - September 06, 2020

Vietnam plans to restart international commercial flights to and from six Asian cities from mid-September, state media reported on Thursday, ending months of coronavirus-related suspension after easing some restrictions on foreign business travelers.

Vietnam is seeking to revive its economic activities, especially tourism and transport, which have been badly hit by the travel restrictions.

The Southeast Asia country stopped flights from certain countries in late January before closing its borders in March to all but returning citizens and foreigners with special permission, as the coronavirus spread quickly around the world.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is proposing resuming flights to Guangzhou, Seoul, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Taipei and Tokyo, which would mean about 5,000 travelers arriving each week, according to CAAV deputy head, Vo Huy Cuong. To ensure the capacity of testing and quarantine, international flights into Vietnam are distributed evenly on weekdays to minimize the case when a destination receives two international flights per day.

The CAAV also proposed to implement a plan to restore regular international routes to Vietnam from September 15.

Vietnam – China route: Ho Chi Minh City – Guangzhou route has a frequency of 1 flight per week for each way and each route every Monday. The quarantine number in Ho Chi Minh City is up to 540 passengers per week.

Vietnam – Japan route: Hanoi – Tokyo route and Ho Chi Minh City – Tokyo route with a frequency of 1 flight per week for each way and each route.

The maximum number for quarantine is expected at 560 per week per either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam – South Korea route: Hanoi – Seoul route with a frequency of 1 flight per week for each way and each route, Ho Chi Minh City – Seoul route with a frequency of 1 1 flight per week for each way and each route.

Vietnam – Taiwan route: Hanoi – Taipei route with a frequency of 1 flight per week for each way and each route, and Ho Chi Minh City – Taipei route with a frequency of 1 flight per week for each way and each route. The maximum number of quarantine is expected to be 620 and 700 passengers per week in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City respectively.

Vietnam – Cambodia route: Can Tho – Phnom Penh route with a frequency of 1 flight per week for each way and each route. The number of quarantine in Can Tho is expected to reach 400 per week.

Vietnam – Laos route: Laos Aviation Department has confirmed via email the receipt of the document from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam on the reopening of routes, but has not yet responded specifically.

Those arriving must still undergo two weeks of quarantine, according to Health Ministry requirements, unless the duration of their visit is under 14 days. The maximum number of passengers who have to follow quarantine is expected to be 650 per week in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam has not yet reopened to tourists.

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