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Van Don Airport receives first flight carrying vaccine passport holders

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HCMC – A Vietnam Airlines flight carrying 297 Vietnamese passengers from Japan arrived at the Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province on September 4, where these passengers will undergo the new seven-day quarantine period under the trial Covid-19 vaccine passport program.

All passengers on this first flight of its kind had already received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, with the second dose administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months before their arrival, the local media reported.

They also showed proof of their negative test result using the RT-PCR or RT-LAMP methods and issued 72 hours before their arrival.

After arriving at the Van Don International Airport, the passengers were transported to the Novotel Halong Hotel in Quang Ninh Province for a seven-day quarantine period, down by 14 days compared to the 21 days that Vietnam imposed on those entering the country from abroad since May.

Pham Ngoc Sau, director of the Van Don International Airport, said all passengers had their body temperature checked, made health declarations, wore face masks, kept a safe physical distance and completed check-in procedures in a separate area. Their luggage was sterilized as well.

The terminal and corridors were also disinfected, while airport staff strictly complied with anti-pandemic measures.

The Government had earlier assigned the Van Don International Airport to pilot the Covid-19 vaccine passport program. The program is expected to be applied to another flight for Vietnamese citizens returning from the United States on September 12.

From February 2020 to September 4, 2021, the Van Don International Airport welcomed 228 flights with nearly 42,900 passengers who were Vietnamese citizens returning from pandemic-hit areas and foreign experts.

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