Viet Nam resumes flights to 20 countries, territories
VGP – Twenty-three airlines, including three domestic carriers (Viet Nam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airways) have resumed flights between Viet Nam and 20 countries and territories, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV).
Almost all international flights to Viet Nam mainly landed at Ha Noi-based Noi Bai International Airport and Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
It is expected that there will be flights from Taiwan and the Republic of Korea to the central city of Da Nang, added the CAAV.
Eight countries and territories, namely India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Macau, Finland, Italy and Switzerland have yet resumed regular air routes to Viet Nam.
The Government decided to fully reopen borders to foreign tourists since March 15, 2022 after allowing foreign tourists to enter the country under a trial program that started in November last year.
Singapore Airlines was the first foreign airline to resume regular commercial flights to the central city of Da Nang this month after two years of suspension due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
It is also the foreign airline that has operated the most flights to Viet Nam, with 45 return flights per week, representing 36 percent compared to the pre-COVID pandemic level.
Thanks to the reopening policy, foreign arrivals to Viet Nam reached 141,600 between January and March, up 441 percent on year, official statistics show.
Meanwhile, international cargo transportation hit 38,000 tons, an increase of 113.9 percent against the same period last year.
The CAAV estimated that Vietnamese airlines accounted for 44 percent of the market share in international passenger transport and 13 percent in international cargo transportation.
Passengers on int'l flights required to take COVID-19 test
Under the latest regulations, foreign arrivals travelling to Viet Nam by air shall be required to take a RT-PCR or RT-LAMP COVID-19 test within 72 hours or a rapid test within 24 hours before departure. This requirement is not applicable to children under two years of age.
The above requirement shall also applied to those who wish to enter Viet Nam by road or by sea, or they can take a COVID-19 test at the port of entry.
Incoming air passengers shall no longer be obliged to take a COVID-19 or follow mandatory quarantine requirement after arriving in Viet Nam.
All incoming entrants shall be required to fill health declaration form at the website tokhaiyte.vn prior to their departure and download PC-COVID app.
Within 10 days since the date of entry, entrants shall self-monitor their health and immediately notify the nearest medical facilities if they experience such symptoms like fever, cough, throat pain, runny nose, chills, headaches.
Entrants have to regularly wear masks and disinfect hands.
Insurance and COVID-19 treatment
Mandatory insurance coverage amount for COVID-19 treatment shall be at least US$10,000.
Incoming travellers shall have to pay for COVID-19 test and treatment and related costs (if any).
All six Vietnamese airlines are now operating 55-60 air routes connecting Ha Noi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City to 19 airports in other localities nationwide.
In the first quarter this year, the domestic airlines handled 6.5 million passengers and 48,400 tons of cargo, down 12.5 percent and 8.8 against the same period last year.