Vietnam will no longer limit the frequency of regular international flights from mid-February, and the actual frequency will depend on the regulations of the other countries as well as market demand.
Dinh Viet Son, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday that Vietnam will lift restrictions on the operating frequency of international flights starting February 15.
The frequency of regular international flights will be restored to pre-pandemic levels, Son continued.
Vietnam has resumed regular flights with the U.S., Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Russia, the UK, France, and Germany since January 1.
However, the frequency of flights is limited according to the requirements of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
After such restrictions are removed, international arrivals will still need to follow regulations on immigration and pandemic prevention and control, as instructed by the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Health, Son elaborated.
“The number of flights from Vietnam to other countries will still depend on the regulations of local authorities,” the official continued.
Japan and South Korea still restrict flights from Vietnam as part of pandemic response measures.
China has not agreed to resume regular flights with Vietnam despite the latter’s proposal, Son added.
Due to the pandemic, Vietnam closed borders from March 2020 to the end of 2021, with an exception for Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts, diplomats, investors, skilled workers, and students, who are allowed to enter the Southeast Asian country if meeting strict quarantine requirements.
The country has documented 2,484,481 COVID-19 cases, with 2,218,939 recoveries and 38,862 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
Over 79.2 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while more than 74.6 million have been jabbed twice.
The number of third doses has exceeded 31.3 million.