Update news international flights
Although “vaccine passports” are yet to become official, airlines are nonetheless preparing for the resumption of international flights based on their introduction.
Despite the Covid-19 crisis, Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Airlines have announced plans to fly non-stop to the US by the end of this year.
From April 1 to June 30, Vietnam Airlines will expand the operation of four international air routes: Hanoi - Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Hanoi - Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Hanoi - Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City - Sydney (Australia).
The Vietnam Travel Aviation Co. Ltd (Vietravel Airlines) made its debut in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 26 after fully meeting necessary requirements and procedures for commercial operation.
A man who entered the country illegally from Myanmar is the latest patient to test positive for COVID-19.
The aviation industry has experienced a sharp decrease in passenger volume this year.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has granted international flight permits for flights using a quarantine fee package.
International commercial air routes were reopened about a month ago under a Prime Ministerial decision.
Nearly 180 Vietnamese citizens were flown home safely on October 11 thanks to joint efforts by Vietnamese authorities, the Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei, Lilama company and budget carrier Vietjet.
Air carriers have temporarily suspended international flights to Vietnam to wait for specific instructions on quarantine standards.
Flights to other countries bring 50 percent of Vietnam Airlines’ total revenue, but the number remains modest. And domestic air transport has just begun to recover.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has submitted detailed plans for flight schedules and requirements for airlines to bring international passengers into Vietnam, awaiting approval from Ministry of Transport and concerned authorities.
Vietnam should not look forward to receiving foreign travelers soon after it reopens international air routes, but it needs to prepare well to get them back.
Eight hotels in Hanoi, selected to lodge people during quarantine, are ready to receive guests. The room rate is set at VND1.2-4 million per day.
With two continuous tests of negative results after their entry, those who enter Vietnam to work for a period of over 14 days can go home or to their accommodations for self-isolation, according to the latest Ministry of Health’s temporary guide.
The aviation authorities of China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan (China) have asked Vietnam to clarify the immigration process, isolation and medical requirements for international flights.
For the first time in six months, Vietnam Airlines' first routine international commercial flight took off from Hanoi on September 19 morning, heading to Japan.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told the Ministry of Transport to continue to plan the resumption of more international flights, but in a “controlled” manner.