Vietnam is set to resume international commercial flights from January 2022 to 15 low-risk countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia.  

Following Vietnam’s reopening of certain popular destinations including Phu Quoc to international tourists, the country is eyeing to restart international commercial flights in a three-phase plan starting January 2022. 

According to the Ministry of Transport of Vietnam, a reopening campaign was submitted to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chin on the 8th of November to resume flights to 15 countries and territories that have high vaccination rates namely Australia, Cambodia, mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the U.K.

The countries selected have proven safety measures against COVID-19 and a high vaccinated population. 

Aircraft park at Tan Son Nhat Airport
Aircraft park at Tan Son Nhat Airport, HCMC // Photo by Huu Khoa on VnExpress

Travellers from these selected countries will be allowed to enter Vietnam through combo packages that cover airfare, quarantine fees and COVID-19 tests. Furthermore, passengers with ‘vaccine passport’ will not be required to undergo mandatory quarantine but they will have to isolate themselves at their places of residence. 

During the first phase in January, Vietnam is expecting to operate four return flights weekly to each country with approximately 12,000 passengers per week. Depending on the demand, flight frequency can be increased to seven per week. 

Currently, there are five destinations that allow fully vaccinated travellers; they include Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang, and Phu Quoc. 

Requirements of travel are for international travellers to other destinations are as follow: 

  • 7-day quarantine in a designated quarantine facility
  • Vaccination certificate or official documents proving they’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months
  • Proof of payment for pre-boked quarantine accommodation and transportation
  • Unvaccinated travellers will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

In the second quarter of 2022, the government plans to eliminate the need for centralized quarantine facilities, allowing travellers to self-isolate. 

The third quarter of the year will see restrictions lifted on airlines allowing regular air travel to resume based on the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam and the world. During this stage, airlines will be allowed to decide flight routes and frequency independently. 

Foreigners arrive at Noi Bai International Airport
Foreigners arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 2020 // Photo by Ba Do on VnExpress

After nearly two years of border closure, the three-phase commercial travel reopening plan is a promising start to Vietnam’s long-awaited tourism recovery. According to the General Statistics Office, only 3.8 million international travellers entered Vietnam in 2020, a far cry from 18 million arrivals in 2019. 

Check out more travel-related news in Vietnam. 

Source: vnexpress.net, vir.com.vn

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