From the 1st of January, international flights to and from Vietnam and nine destinations will officially resume. The destinations selected have successfully controlled the spread of the novel coronavirus within their own cities. They are San Francisco or Los Angeles (the U.S.), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Vientiane (Laos), Beijing/Guangzhou (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), and Taipei (Taiwan).

The resumption of regular flights marks the restoration of international flight activities as well as a catalyst towards tourism and economic recovery. More importantly, this will enable overseas Vietnamese to return to Vietnam for the upcoming Lunar New Year or better known as Tet as mentioned by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh. 

A Vietnam Airlines aircraft
A Vietnam Airlines aircraft lands at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City // Photo by Quynh Tran / VnExpress

To ensure international travel addresses public concern over the pandemic, the Ministry of Health has been instructed to consult experts, businesses and the public to issue entry guidelines for international travellers that adhere to ongoing safety measures. The medical software to be used by travellers and businesses for monitoring and tracing visitors will soon be released. 

Concurrently, the Ministry of Foreign Affais will continue to establish mutual agreements with other countries and territories to recognise each others’ vaccine passports. The good news comes off the back of Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam’s statement on Wednesday, 8th December instructing the health ministry to scrap the seven-day centralised quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers and to allow them to self-isolate on arrival.


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