Singapore Airlines (SIA) began restoring commercial flights from the city-state to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday, following a two-year suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SIA currently operates 11 flights from Hanoi and 11 flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore a week, according to the Singapore Tourism Board.
From Thursday, the carrier will operate two flights a week from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City on Mondays and Thursdays and one flight a week from Singapore to Hanoi on Fridays.
The airline’s Singapore-Da Nang route will remain suspended.
SIA will use an Airbus A350-900 for the route, with 40 business-class tickets and 263 economy tickets available.
Tickets are currently on sale through various SIA distribution channels.
Passengers aboard the resumed flights must comply with epidemic prevention regulations.
For non-Vietnamese passengers, this includes holding an entry approval letter issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department or relevant diplomatic agencies, a valid visa for Vietnam, and a Vietnam temporary residence card.
Vietnamese passengers need only present a passport. All documents must be presented at check-in and may not be submitted prior to the flight.
Everyone, except children under two years old, must present a negative coronavirus RT-PCR test certificate issued within three days of the flight during check-in.
Singapore has recently relaxed its entry requirements for travelers not coming from Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) countries.
Travelers from Vietnam with either a rapid antigen test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test certificate issued two days prior to departure will not need to be tested for COVID-19 upon entry.
The Vietnamese government has suspended entry of all foreigners and overseas Vietnamese via commercial flights into Vietnam since March 2020, according to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.