The Vietnamese government has reopened flights to mainland China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan from 15 September, followed by Laos and Cambodia from 22 September. Passengers currently allowed entry includes international students and family members of Vietnamese citizens, foreigners carrying diplomatic and official passports, experts, business managers, high-skilled workers, investors, and their family members. There will be a maximum of two round trips a week between the destinations opening up, and the number of flights will be adjusted depending on actual demand.
Passengers must have a certificate showing they tested negative for COVID-19 within three days of boarding the flight. Upon landing in Vietnam, the arrivals will be tested again with the RT-PRC method at centralized quarantine locations. The quarantine period for those who test negative twice will be reduced from 14 to five days, following which they have to remain at their accommodation or place of work under the supervision of local authorities. Those entering Vietnam after transiting from a third destination must stay in centralized quarantine centres for 14 days and undergo tests as required.
Marking a milestone in the restoration of the country’s air transport after months of disruption, a return commercial flight operated by national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines landed at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport on 25 September from Seoul, South Korea.
Although flights are not yet open to tourists, Destination Asia Vietnam has high hopes that tourist will soon be allowed to enter.