Vietnam will remove its COVID-19 restrictions on international passenger flights with all markets starting February 15, with no limitation on the number of flights, the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported on Sunday, February 13.
The Southeast Asian country imposed tight border controls at the start of the pandemic to keep out COVID-19, with some initial success, but that dealt a blow to its burgeoning tourism sector which accounted for about 10% of gross domestic product.
Vietnam had already begun gradually resuming international flights with 15 markets from the beginning of this year while easing quarantine requirements, with vaccinated passengers now needing only three days of self-isolation.
“Vietnam will lift restrictions on international flights starting February 15. The frequency of flights will be restored to pre-pandemic level.
Vietnam has already informed its partners about that new policy and only China has not yet agreed to resume commercial flights with Vietnam.”Dinh Viet Son, Deputy Director, Civil Aviation Administration, Vietnam
The Southeast Asian country has recorded nearly 2.5 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, and around 39,000 deaths. Nearly 98% of its 98 million people have received at least two vaccine doses, official data showed.
Most Asian airlines provide services to Vietnam like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, etc. Vietnamese flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airlines, VietJet Air also provide international services.
(With Inputs from Reuters)