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Vietnam to increase frequency of commercial international flights

HANOI (BERNAMA) – Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has agreed to increase the frequency of commercial international flights, as well as removing the need for passengers to take rapid COVID-19 tests before and after their flight, as per new government regulations.

Following this latest dispatch by the government office on Friday, passengers will not have to undergo rapid tests for COVID-19 before and after boarding the plane, reported Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

The destinations under consideration for more flights include Japan and South Korea. More locations in Europe and Oceania are expected to be added to the pilot flight resumption programme starting this year after nearly two years of border closures.

Diplomatic missions will work with the local authorities to resume regular international flights, aiming to remove quarantine requirements for Vietnamese people upon arrival to Singapore, Japan, and South Korea.

They are also required to issue guidelines for Vietnamese nationals who denied entry to their destinations.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health will review and issue detailed instructions on preventive and control measures against the Omicron variant for arrivals to Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the National Immigration Department will proactively provide guidance on entry customs and health declaration for people entering the country.

People boarding an Airbus A350-900 at Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport. PHOTO: AFP
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