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CAAV proposes permission for double-dosed passengers on domestic flights

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed allowing passengers who have got two Covid-19 vaccine shots and test negative for Covid-19 to fly on some domestic air routes.

CAAV Director Dinh Viet Thang said on September 6 that the authority was consulting with airlines and the relevant agencies over the reopening of regular domestic air routes amid the pandemic to maintain air transport activities, promote the economic recovery of localities and remove the difficulties facing enterprises, the local media reported.

Therefore, CAAV proposed that flights from airports in provinces and cities that are not practicing social distancing will not limit the number of passengers. Passengers must have a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure.

Meanwhile, flights from airports in localities that are practicing social distancing in the entire or part of their localities can only carry officials and Covid-19 frontline workers. All passengers must have negative Covid-19 test results.

Other passengers wanting to travel on these flights must be those returning to their residence after completing concentrated quarantine periods, have negative Covid-19 test certificates, must be fully vaccinated with the second shot administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months before their flights or have recovered from Covid-19.

In addition, passengers flying from cities and provinces that are practicing social distancing in their entire localities must get written consent from departure and arrival localities to travel on flights.

According to Thang, the plan will be submitted to the Ministry of Transport after consultation with airlines and the relevant agencies.

Currently, flights carrying goods, officials and Covid-19 frontline workers are being operated. On the Hanoi-HCMC route, a maximum of two flights are being run per day.

Airlines have suspended the sale of air tickets for domestic flights as required by CAAV.

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