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Vietnamese airlines suspend int’l flights over COVID-19

Vietnamese airlines suspend int’l flights over COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 16:17 GMT+7
Vietnamese airlines suspend int’l flights over COVID-19
Passengers of domestic flights are required to fill out health declaration forms in Vietnam. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Airlines in Vietnam have suspended international services due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic across the globe.

All international flights operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines through the end of April have been canceled, a company representative said.

Its last international service before the suspension landed at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Wednesday morning.

The airline will only operate domestic flights during the upcoming period.

Similarly, Jetstar Pacific will halt the operations of all international routes until April 30.

Bamboo Airways has also closed its only international route between Vietnam and South Korea.

Vietjet Air has stopped all flights to Southeast Asian destinations, mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, and Japan.

The only international route the airline will operate is between Hanoi and Tokyo. However, flights along this route will only begin operations from March 31.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 422,600 and killed more than 18,800 globally as of Wednesday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam has confirmed 134 COVID-19 cases, with 17 having already been discharged from the hospital.

No death related to the disease has been recorded in the country.

From March 21, all incoming travelers to Vietnam would be isolated for 14 days as part of more assertive measures to curb the epidemic.     

All citizens are now required to fill out health declaration forms when traveling on long-haul buses, trains, tourist boats, and domestic flights.

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