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Vietnamese airlines suspend all international services
The Saigon Times
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Vietnamese airlines suspend all international services

The Saigon Times

Vietnamese people return to Vietnam through Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Local airlines have suspended all international flight services from today, March 25, due to the coronavirus pandemic, reported the local media.

Vietnam Airlines operated its last flight from the German city of Frankfurt to the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, landing at Van Don International Airport this morning.

Earlier, the national flag carrier noted in a statement that it would waive fees and conditions for flight date and itinerary changes for all affected customers whose international flight tickets were issued prior to March 25.

Vietnam Airlines is focusing on the operations of domestic flights only, until the end of April. All passengers on these flights will be required to complete and submit an online heath declaration form.

The carrier stated that it administers preboarding temperature checks for all domestic passengers. These passengers are required to bring their own face masks and wear them throughout their flights; otherwise, they will be denied boarding.

HCMC-based low-cost airline Jetstar Pacific is also halting its international flights until the end of next month.

Similarly, private carrier Bamboo Airways is ceasing the operations of its only overseas flight service from either Danang or Nha Trang to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and is postponing the opening of new international routes.

“Our plan to open a new route from Hanoi to Incheon this June may have to be suspended too,” a Bamboo Airways spokeswoman told Reuters by telephone in late February.

Another budget airline, Vietjet Air, has already suspended its international flights to Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and India. It will offer tickets between Hanoi and Tokyo on March 31, April 2 and April 4.

Since March 24, Vietnam has barred entry to all foreigners who already have travel visas to the country, except for those visiting the country for diplomatic or official purposes, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreigners who are deemed experts, business managers or highly skilled workers will still be allowed to enter the Southeast Asian country. However, they must have certificates indicating they have tested negative for the virus, fill out health declarations and be kept in quarantine upon arrival for 14 days.

The entry suspension also applies to foreign nationals who are ethnic Vietnamese and who can typically travel to Vietnam without a visa.

As of Monday, Vietnam confirmed a total of 134 coronavirus cases, mostly imported from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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