Vietnam’s aviation authorities have directed that only pilots who have received two doses of vaccination against COVID-19 be allowed to conduct flights, as a new measure to curb the viral spread.
The new rule was included in a directive issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on Friday to strengthen flight safety amid COVID-19 escalation.
“As from September 1, air carriers are required to make flight schedules only for fully vaccinated pilots,” said CAAV general director Dinh Viet Thang.
The CAAV also asks air carriers to strictly comply with COVID-19 prevention and control requirements and provide vaccination against the coronavirus for their staff, especially for frontline employees including pilots, flight attendants, and technicians.
At the same time, airlines are requested to assess their pilots based on instrument flight rules and aircraft control skills, examine their professional capability, and provide regular training.
Any pilots failing to meet professional requirements must be given refresher training, as per regulations on civil aviation safety, so that they can man safe flights.
All air carriers are required to report their performance under this directive to the CAAV before July 20, the authority said in the directive.