The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has submitted the prime minister a proposal to ease air travel restrictions, reopen international borders, and restart international flights from January 2022.
|The MoT would gradually reopen international flights in three phases |
According to the proposal, regular passenger flights to Vietnam would be resumed in three phases. In the first phase from the first quarter of 2022, the aviation industry will organise flights that do not require the list of arriving passengers to be approved by the competent authorities, except for requirements on immigration and medical control.
Passengers would be both Vietnamese and foreigners from 15 countries and territories, including China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Australia. There would be about four one-way flights per week with a total number of 12,000 visitors per week.
Passengers must show proof of being fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19. They will be required to serve a seven or 14-day quarantine at a designated facility, according to the guidance of the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The second phase would be implemented from the second quarter of 2022, piloting regular passenger flights to Vietnam without requiring centralised quarantine for vaccine passport holders.
The market would be opened based on the needs of airlines with around 7 one-way flights per week for each airline.
Passengers with vaccine passports will be self-isolated at their places of residence for 3-7 days according to the guidance of the MoH. People who do not have a vaccine passport must be quarantined at a designated facility for 14 days.
The third phase is expected to be implemented from the third quarter of 2022. At this stage, the market and frequency of flights will be decided by the airlines themselves.
However, the MoT also said that the operation of regular international flights will depend on the pandemic situation and the COVID-19 vaccination rate of Vietnam and the world.
In all three phases, passengers entering Vietnam must have a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours, make electronic health declarations as well as perform medical screening at the airport of destination.