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VNA resumes air service to Hong Kong

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has reopened regular flights between the capital city of Hanoi and Hong Kong to meet the high travel demand.

The national flag carrier will operate two weekly flights on the Hanoi-Hong Kong route on Wednesdays and Sundays. The frequency will be increased to three flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays from December 26.

More flights would be operated on the route if Hong Kong’s Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed further, a VNA representative said.

The resumption of the air service to Hong Kong is expected to help facilitate trade between Vietnam and Hong Kong. Hong Kong remained Vietnam’s fifth largest foreign direct investor, with two-way trade seeing double-digit growth in recent years. Hong Kong is also among the world’s top financial and aviation hubs, the VNA representative added.

As for entry procedures, passengers to Hong Kong need to show proof of their Covid vaccination and a negative Covid test taken 24 hours before departure. Upon their arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport, passengers will undergo a nucleic acid test. They have to take the second test two days after arrival and comply with the quarantine requirements at their lodging facilities for three days, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

VNA also advised passengers to contact the competent agencies for the latest updates on their destinations’ immigration and quarantine requirements.

VNA resumed international air services linking Vietnam and neighboring China from December 9, raising the airline’s total number of international flights to over 600 weekly, equal to 70% of the pre-pandemic frequency.

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