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Vietnam looks into opening some international flight routes

by Kenneth Basilio
Vietnam looks into opening some international flight routes
Photo: Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport is deliberating about reopening international flights from countries with no new records of covid-19 cases for 30 consecutive days.

A ministry official who divulged the information said that flight priorities would be given to Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and some Southeast Asian countries that controlled the disease.

The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said:

“The covid-19 pandemic is taking place in many countries around the world. Under the Government’s direction, the reopening of international flights needs to be considered carefully.”

According to a proposal by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the resumption is slated to begin at the end of July.

Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc pronounced that the reopening of international flights should entail proper safety procedures to prevent the coronavirus’s resurgence in the nation. The transport minister added:

“The reopening aims to serve investors, technical staff, and skilled workers in Vietnam. It creates conditions for Vietnamese people living abroad to return home. However, all still have to follow strict control procedures to prevent the spread of the pandemic to the community.”

CAAV head Dinh Viet Thang stated that to ensure prime safety in the reopening; all should be subjected to follow the safety rules implemented by the Government.

The CAAV official clarified that transit travelers would not be permitted entry into Vietnam.

Passengers seeking to gain entry to Vietnam should come from a country that has no new recorded cases of the pandemic virus for at least 30 days.

The would-be tourists will also be subjected to tests at the arrival terminal of airports in Vietnam.

Airline companies will shoulder the expenses of the tests to be conducted on passengers.

After being tested, the passengers will be held for 14 days at a location determined by local People’s Committees at the tourist’s expense.

Source: Vietnam Net