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Vietnam to resume int’l air services from Jan 1 next year

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – Vietnam will press ahead with its plan to resume international air services from January 1, 2022, while many countries have been tightening their border control and stepping up travel restrictions due to fears over the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has urged the relevant departments and agencies to restart international commercial flights safely, according to a dispatch issued by the Government Office on December 22.

The Government Office on December 10 issued a dispatch signed by the deputy prime minister to approve the plan to resume regular international flights to parts of countries with a low risk of Covid transmission.

The flight resumption plan will be piloted with air routes connecting Vietnam with China, Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in South Korea, Taiwan, Bangkok in Thailand, Singapore, Vientiane in Laos, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and the United States.

To pave the way for the resumption of international flights, the deputy prime minister told the Ministry of Health to issue medical guidelines for people flying to Vietnam on board international commercial flights, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was asked to  cooperate with the former to accelerate the mutual recognition of Covid vaccine passports with other countries.

On December 21, the Ministry of Transport asked the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to urge air carriers to inform passengers of anti-Covid requirements on entering Vietnam.

Passengers on board international commercial flights to Vietnam will have to use the medical declaration app PC-Covid.

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