From February 15, Vietnam is rapidly extending all international routes after nearly two years of closure.

In order to prepare for the reopening of international tourism before March 31 under the direction of the Government, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam decided to lift the restriction on operating frequencies for international routes. 

Meaning, all flights are uncapped and unrestricted as they were before the Covid-19 pandemic.

UPDATE: More than 49,200 people have arrived in the first two months of 2022 due to Vietnam's border opening policies. - vnexpress.net

The Sky Is The Limit

According to the leader of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the resumption of regular international flights still relies on the agreement of other aviation authorities in other countries. As each country has different epidemic prevention requirements, certain countries may not be operating routes to Vietnam. 

After aviation partnerships between Vietnam and other countries grow, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam will grant flight permits for domestic and foreign airlines to bring passengers in and out of Vietnam.

This move follows the Government's policy of reopening nine international routes (phase 1) from January 1 to key markets such as Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, San Francisco/Los Angeles, China. These are destinations with many Vietnamese workers and are important economic and trade partners.

Recently, Vietnamese airlines have resumed flights to 8 of the 9 markets above (except China, which has not yet opened) and continued to expand routes to Australia, Russia, the UK, France and Germany.

In February, thousands of overseas Vietnamese flew home to celebrate the Lunar New Year festival.

Ready, Set, Fly!

Immediately after the reopening policy came into effect, airlines began planning international routes. 

A representative of Bamboo Airways said that the aviation market will recover this year and plans to expand its flight network to nearly 40 international routes. 

For Northeast Asia, the airline operates regular international routes such as Hanoi to Narita, Hanoi to Taipei, and Hanoi to Korea.

In Southeast Asia, Bamboo Airways will launch a flight path from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore and Thailand in March and plans to develop routes to Laos and Cambodia during the summer.

As part of their long-haul plans for Europe, Australia and the US, Bamboo Airways will deploy flight routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Frankfurt and Berlin, Ho Chi Minh City with Melbourne, and Hanoi with London. A Bamboo direct flight to the US is also highly anticipated in 2022.

Bamboo Bargains

From February to March 26, Bamboo Airlines are expected to offer one-way tickets for regular international flights in South-East Asia from 211,000 VND (excluding taxes and fees).

Routes to Northeast Asia are set to be 1.2 million VND per way and routes to Europe and Australia are priced at 2.3 million VND per way.

Vietnam Airlines Kickstart The Travel Heart

From February 15, Vietnam Airlines will move to fully restore their previous international flight network on the basis of approval from authorities at destinations and according to market demand.

The restored routes include 15 countries; the US, Australia, Russia, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos. and Cambodia. 

Routes to Europe will be at a frequency of 1-2 round trips per week. The most popular routes are to Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, the US with 4-5 weekly flights. The airline is also preparing to reopen flights to Malaysia.

Vietjet Air Ramp Up Services

Vietjet Air has resumed regular international routes connecting Vietnam with Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan with a frequency of one round-trip flight per week. 

It is expected that the airline will increase the frequency to Korea and Taipei to 5 round-trip flights, 4 round-trip flights for routes to Japan and Singapore. For Thailand, 3 flights are expected every week! The airline also plans to reopen flights to other countries in the region as well as to India and Russia.

What You Need To Know To Enter Vietnam

According to regulations from the Ministry of Health, when boarding, guests need to have a certificate of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 that is valid for 72 hours.

Passengers must also show a vaccination certificate, vaccine passport, or certificate of recovery from Covid-19.

After arrival, passengers with a complete vaccination, or those who have recovered from the disease will need to isolate at a hotel or residence for 3 days.

If the traveller's vaccination is not complete, they must quarantine for 7 days. 

When passengers check-in at the airport, the airline will check all documents and certificates.

Easing Of Entry Conditions

Last January, the Government eased entry conditions for foreigners, Vietnamese residing abroad, and their relatives returning home requiring only valid entry documents (permanent residence card, temporary residence card, visa, or a visa exemption certificate).

This move did away with the previous requirement to have the approval of the immigration ministry to enter.

The provincial People's Committee pledged to create favourable conditions for international workers, those attending conferences and seminars, students, and humanitarian volunteers. Good news for all!

Source: vnexpress.net

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