Vietnam plans phased resumption of international flights from Jan 22

  • Vietnam plans to restart international commercial flights with 15 countries from Jan 22, its aviation authority has announced, eyeing a full resumption by Jul 22.
  • “From Jan 22, Vietnam will resume regular flights with 15 markets, eyeing four flights per week for each end,” the Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement. It said flights would be increased to seven weekly and quarantine would be waived for travellers holding vaccine passports.
  • Foreign arrivals to Vietnam fell to 3.8 million in 2020 down from 18 million in 2019, when tourism revenue was USD31bn, equivalent to 12% of GDP. The resumption plan will be over four phases, the first possibly this quarter, focusing mostly on repatriating Vietnamese stranded by the pandemic and international tourists on government-approved trips to specific destinations.
  • The plan, which is pending government approval, came as other Asian countries gradually ease international travel curbs, including nearby Thailand, which reopened more locations this week. The country is trying to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations, with just 38% of its 98 million people inoculated so far.

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