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Vietnam to end COVID-19 curbs on international flights starting tomorrow

HANOI (CNA) – Vietnam will remove its COVID-19 restrictions on international passenger flights with all markets starting tomorrow, with no limitation on the number of flights, the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported yesterday.

The Southeast Asian country imposed tight border controls at the start of the pandemic to keep out COVID-19, with some initial success, but that dealt a blow to its burgeoning tourism sector which accounted for about 10 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).

“Vietnam will lift restrictions on international flights starting tomorrow. The frequency of flights will be restored to pre-pandemic level,” Tuoi Tre said, citing Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam Dinh Viet Son.

Vietnam has already informed its partners about that new policy and only China has not yet agreed to resume commercial flights with Vietnam, Son was quoted as saying.

Vietnam had already begun gradually resuming international flights with 15 markets from the beginning of this year while easing quarantine requirements, with vaccinated passengers now needing only three days of self-isolation.

Passengers check-in at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam. PHOTO: CNA