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Da Nang mandates 14-day isolation for flight passengers from domestic coronavirus outbreak sites

Da Nang mandates 14-day isolation for flight passengers from domestic coronavirus outbreak sites

Monday, October 11, 2021, 14:03 GMT+7
Da Nang mandates 14-day isolation for flight passengers from domestic coronavirus outbreak sites
Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Flight passengers from areas at high risk of COVID-19 infections will be subject to 14 days of self-isolation at home and four coronavirus tests, said leaders of Da Nang City on Sunday.

The requirements, endorsed and publicized by the city’s deputy leader Ngo Thi Kim Yen, prescribe measures for COVID-19 prevention that passengers on flights leaving and entering Da Nang International Airport, the city’s only airdrome, must uphold. 

COVID-19 recovery cases, as well as people who have received two doses of vaccine, who come from locales practicing social distancing measures under the prime minister's Directives No. 15 and 16, or areas at high risk of transmission, will be required to take four COVID-19 tests and self-isolate for 14 days at home.

Those who come from the same areas, but have not been vaccinated yet or only got one jab, will have to spend 14 days in quarantine centers and take four coronavirus tests.

Meanwhile, people from cities, provinces, and areas at low risk, who may have crossed high-risk locales but can prove that they did not stop there, will not be subject to medical isolation.

Da Nang requires air carriers to inform their passengers of quarantine regulations before they leave the high-risk areas for the coastal city.

Airlines are also told not to sell tickets to customers who do not fulfill travel requirements from the Ministry of Transport, while eligible passengers are required to fill out medical declarations at departure and landing points, plus taking legal responsibilities for the truthfulness of their claims.

Aviation operators must provide local health authorities with passenger lists and details of flights to land at the Da Nang airport, while the airdrome must separate transport options for different demographics of arriving passengers to help them get to self-isolation and quarantine locations.

The city is also preparing a rapid COVID-19 testing service at its airport, which will help passengers who fail to present a valid test result to acquire one. 

Earlier, Le Trung Chinh, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, endorsed a plan from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), which floated the restoration of regular domestic flights to and from Da Nang from October.

The CAAV plan is a follow-up to an order on August 30, which required all carriers to suspend ticket sales for domestic flights and refund passengers for tickets issued prior to July 21, given the complicated situation of COVID-19 in Vietnam.

After upholding stringent social distancing measures since August, the city has reopened a slew of businesses and services, including food delivery, traditional markets, public beaches, and barbershops, in the past few weeks as the COVID-19 caseload goes on a downward trend.

A leading tourist destination and a coronavirus epicenter last year, Da Nang has reported a total of 5,429 cases and 104 deaths since the epidemic emerged in Vietnam in early 2020.

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