Vietnam plans int'l flight resumption from Dec 15

Created 08 December 2021
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The Ministry of Transport has suggested the government resume regular international flights on nine routes from December 15.
Vietnam plans int'l flight resumption from Dec 15

In a plan submitted Tuesday, the ministry proposed that the resumption will be carried out with two trial phases.

The first phase starting Dec. 15 will see flights resumed between Vietnam and San Francisco or Los Angeles (the U.S.), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Vientiane (Laos), Beijing (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), and Taipei (Taiwan).

Those are markets with the most important political and economic cooperation relations with Vietnam, with a high number of investors, experts, and laborers wishing to work and explore business investment opportunities in Vietnam, said the ministry.

In addition, the number of Vietnamese citizens living, studying and working in those destinations are having a high demand for repatriation, it said.

During the first phase, which is proposed to last two weeks, four flights will be operated on each route per week from either direction. Only Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC and Noi Bai in Hanoi will be serving flights during this period.

Around 28,000 are expected to come to Vietnam during this period.

The number of routes suggested Tuesday has dropped by six compared to the ministry put forward last month, in which it sought to resume international flights from January next year.

The second phase will start next January to add flights on routes connecting to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Sydney (Australia), and Moscow (Russia), the ministry proposed.

For this phase, which will last for a month, aside from Tan Son Nhat and Noi Bai, Da Nang Airport in central Da Nang City, Cam Ranh in central Khanh Hoa Province, Phu Quoc on Phu Quoc Island off the southern coast, and Van Don in northern Quang Ninh Province should be allowed to serve international flights.

Seven flights will be operated on each route on either direction, bringing around 40,000 people to Vietnam every week, the ministry estimated.

No further information has been given on what might come after the second phase.

But the Transport Ministry also suggested that the government assigns the Health Ministry to have guidelines on quarantine exemption for those entering Vietnam, and the Foreign Affairs Ministry to negotiate with other countries and territories on vaccine passport recognition.

The ministries of Health, Public Security, Information-Communications should soon agree and publish the medical declaration software that is generally applicable to air travel in order to facilitate the health declaration process for passengers, the operation of businesses involved as well as monitoring and tracing of entries.

Vietnam closed its doors to foreign tourists and grounded international flights in March last year. The country has since only allowed Vietnamese repatriates and foreign experts, investors, diplomats and highly-skilled workers to enter.

Source: VNE

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