The government has given the nod for the Ministry of Transport to reopen flights to mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan from September 15 and to Laos and Cambodia from September 22 the Government’s Office said Tuesday.
Passengers would include foreigners carrying diplomatic and official passports and their families, experts, investors, business managers, high-skilled workers and their families, international students, foreign family members of Vietnamese citizens, and Vietnamese citizens from overseas. The flights are not opened to tourists yet.
There would be two weekly round trips at most on each route and the number of flights will be adjusted further depending on actual demands.
Passengers must obtain a certificate showing they tested negative for the novel coronavirus within three days before boarding the flight. That results must be obtained from the real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
Upon landing in Vietnam, they would be tested again with the RT-PRC method at centralized quarantine camps.
Those tested negative twice can have their quarantine period shortened to five days instead of 14 days. After that, they will have to isolate themselves at their accomodations or place of work until they complete the 14-day quarantine period as per health ministry protocol under supervision of local authorities.
Those showing signs of infection will have to continue the centralized quarantine.
Those entering Vietnam after having transited from a third destination must stay in centralized quarantine for 14 days, during which they will be tested.
All arrivals will have to pay for their quarantine and tests.
After taking necessary screening steps at quarantine camps, foreign arrivals have different options for continued quarantine.
Foreigners holding official or diplomatic passports and their families will be quarantined at their offices’ guest houses and at lodgings of their choice.
Experts, investors, business managers, high-skilled workers and their families, international students and family members of Vietnamese citizens will be quarantined at their company offices, factories or lodgings of their choice.
Vietnamese arrivals will be quarantined at military camps or hotels of their choice.
As announced earlier by the Health Ministry, those entering Vietnam for
a term of less than 14 days
will not have to enter quarantine at centralized facilities, but they must continue complying with all other requirements, including wearing a mask and refraining from shaking hands to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. They also need to complete medical procedures including tests for Covid-19 and the organization that invites them needs to guarantee that it, or an international insurance company, will bear all medical and other expenses if they contract the disease in Vietnam.
The new government’s decision came just after the Transport Ministry said earlier on Tuesday that it
has yet to resume flights
as the authorities have not finalized quarantine and test methods for arrivals.
Vietnam has suspended all international flights since late March.
The country has recorded 1063 Covid-19 cases so far and 35 have died.
No local transmission has been recorded in the nation for 12 days.
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