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CAAV proposes reopening international air routes in late July
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CAAV proposes reopening international air routes in late July

The Saigon Times

Aircraft are parked at a local airport. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam proposed restarting certain international commercial flights to transport passengers into Vietnam in late July via the travel bubble or travel corridor models – PHOTO: TNO

HCMC – In a report sent to the Ministry of Transport last weekend, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) proposed restarting certain international commercial flights to transport passengers into Vietnam in late July via the travel bubble or travel corridor models.

CAAV stressed that the model can be expanded to countries and territories that have gone 30 days without any community transmission of Covid-19.

Under the travel bubble model, participating countries will allow the entry of their citizens and foreigners who are businesspeople, technical experts, students and others holding residence permits, according to CAAV. Arriving passengers will be mandatorily quarantined for 14 days.

However, the authority proposed not denying entry to tourists who meet the requirements of Covid-19 infection prevention, VnExpress news site reported.

Besides this, Vietnam should not accept passengers who transit in other countries before entering Vietnam. As such, the passengers must have stayed in partner countries and territories for at least 30 consecutive days before flying to Vietnam.

In addition, the passengers will be required to present negative Covid-19 test results which need to be taken three days before boarding.

The passengers will also take a quick Covid-19 test on arrival at local airports and airlines will cover the cost of the tests.

To make the plan a reality, the CAAV proposed that the Ministry of Transport report it to the prime minister and ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with foreign affairs agencies to restart regular international flights.

Dinh Viet Thang, head of the CAAV, said that while some airlines in Taiwan had proposed allowing them to reopen some air routes to Vietnam, the local air carriers were prepared to resume international flights.

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