Airline passengers who fail to wear face masks during flights face fines up to VND3 million ($130), under a new order by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.
|Passengers on a flight wear face masks. Those who do not wear face masks during flights will be fined up to VND3 million each – Photo: VNA|
CAAV Chairman Dinh Viet Thang has signed the directive ordering the full compliance with regulations on Covid-19 infection prevention and control, especially on flights during the upcoming New Year and Lunar New Year holidays and spring festivals, the local media reported.
The coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, is stil raging in many other countries. In Vietnam, the demand for travel during the holidays will be high, posing a high risk of the spread of the virus.
Therefore, CAAV asked airlines, airports and relevant agencies to seriously deploy the prime minister’s telegram 1711/CD-TTg on ensuring traffic order and safety in line with Covid-19 prevention and control during the New Year and Lunar New Year holidays and spring festivals.
Thang asked local air carriers to direct their passengers to comply with regulations on pandemic prevention and control, especially mask wearing during flights.
Airlines will coordinate with the airport authorities to promptly handle violators in line with the regulations.
Vietnamese airlines have required passengers to wear face coverings since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the compliance rate has been quite high despite no official enforcement of the order./.SGT
The Hoan Kiem pedestrian area in Hanoi attracts tens of thousands of visitors every weekend. Authorities have now introduced harsher fines for anyone who refuses to wear a mask,