Thursday, February 17, 2022

Vietnam: All international regular routes to be resumed as before the epidemic

In order to prepare for the reopening of tourism for international visitors before March 31 under the direction of the Government, the  Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam decided to lift the restriction on operating frequency applied on international routes. Accordingly, all flights to and from Vietnam shall be soon back to normal as before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regular international flights are back

From February 15 2022, Vietnam Airlines began to reopen all international regular routes to countries after nearly two years of closure.

The nation’s Civil Aviation Authority as quoted by local newspaper said that  the resumption of international regular flights still needs the agreement with partner countries because each has different epidemic-related requirements. After receiving feedback from the partners, the Authority will grant flight permits for domestic and foreign airlines to bring passengers in and out of Vietnam based on each airline's suggestions.

Before this, the Government already gave green-light on reopening some international routes (phase 1) since January 1 to some key markets such as Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, San Francisco/Los Angeles … More routes shall be resumed soon, including to Australia, Russia, the UK, France and Germany.

So far, most of the international routes to Vietnam are operated by Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways and Vietjet Air.

Epidemic-related Requirements

According to the experimental guide on receiving international tourists in phase 2 issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on February 17 2022, foreign visitors should meet the following requirements:

✔ Participating in the tour program of an international travel service business/company (travel agency). Therefore, individual visitors travelling on their own may not be allowed. However, this requirement may be lifted by the end of March 2022.

✔ Having a certificate of full doses of Covid-19 vaccine (of which the latest dose injected no sooner than 14 days and no older than 12 months from the time of departure); or having a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 or equivalent documents (the time of Covid-19 discharge from the hospital to the time of departure must not exceed 6 months).

✔ Tourists under the age of 18 who have not been vaccinated are allowed to travel with their parents or guardians to Vietnam

Quarantine and Covid-19 Tests

✔ Having a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 (by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method) within 72 hours prior to their departure, by the competent authority of the departure country.

✔ Having medical or travel insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment with a minimum liability of $20,000.

✔ Quarantine period:

⚫ 3 days from the date of entry as for travelers fully vaccinated

⚫ 7 days from the date of entry as for travelers not fully vaccinated (the ones under the age of 18 who travel with their parents)

✔ After the quarantine period, travelers shall be tested for SARS-CoV-2; if negative, travelers can continue to participate in the travel program under the registered travel program.

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