CAAV – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has announced the reopening of commercial flights carrying air passengers between Vietnam and 7 countries and territories, including: the US, Japan, Singapore, Cambodia, South Korea and Taiwan.

At the moment, the international flights routine is scheduled with the frequency as below:

  • The US – Vietnam routes: 04 flights/ week
  • Japan – Vietnam routes: 03 flights/ week
  • South Korea – Vietnam routes: 02 flights/ week
  • Singapore – Vietnam routes: 02 flights/ week
  • Thailand – Vietnam routes: 02 flights/ week
  • Cambodia – Vietnam routes: 02 flights/ week
  • Taiwan – Vietnam routes: 01 flight/ week

Flight tickets are accessible for all air passengers who can meet the prerequisites of the immigration and medical guidelines of the Vietnamese Government.

In the meantime, Vietnam Aviation have received many positive responses from passengers, especially abroad Vietnamese who have returned to Vietnam safely thanks to the re-operation of these regular commercial flights.

CAAV has been negotiating with the aviation authorities of South Korea to increase the number of flights every week.

Vietjet Air has resumed commercial flights to Japan with a routine of 01 flight/ week and this number is expected to grow in the near future.

CAAV expects to resume routes to Australia soon so that it would serve travel demand of both Australian visitors and Vietnamese who want to come back home to celebrate Tet holiday.

Vietnam Airlines said that they are trying to re-open regular international flights for passengers to return before Tet holiday. They also sent a request to the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to consider regulations on visa application procedures and entry approval letters for foreigners, and to consider exemptions on such procedures for overseas Vietnamese.

The Ministry of Transport is reported to receive a lot of feedback from both domestic and overseas carriers about removing the regulation on rapid testing for COVID-19 prior to and after boarding.

According to air carriers, some foreign airports did not provide rapid testing services before boarding the plane. Moreover, the costs of rapid testing at some airports was very expensive, for example, in Japan, the test costs up to US$270/ passenger.

On the other hand, the compulsory rapid testing for passengers after landing at airports could lead to congestion at airports and increase the infection risk during the peak time.

The Ministry of Transport has proposed the Vietnamese Government to replace rapid testing by RT-PCR testing for passengers at most 48 hours before embarking any international flights.

In case the regulation on rapid testing is still valid, the ministry has suggested that rapid testing be implemented only once after landing.

The Government should assign The Ministry of Health to introduce the guideline for the procedures of rapid testing and payment for passengers on entry on international flights. The Ministry of Public Security is suggested to issue guidelines on immigration procedures for foreigners, especially those whose relatives are Vietnamese.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expected to build a website with English language for international carriers and arrivals to access information about Vietnam’s regulations, including RT-PCR tests, health declarations and vaccine passports.