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International Flights Return to Vietnam
23 July 2020 | Written by Chris Alexander

Vietnam continues to ease travel restrictions, with flights from selected destination returning this month. According to the latest meeting of the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group, flights from Taiwan, Guangzhou in China, Tokyo in Japan, and Seoul in South Korea will all resume operations in July. 

The news was confirmed by Tran Phong Binh, who is deputy head of the tourism market department at Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. According to Tran, the source markets were selected in response to their successful handling of COVID-19. The selected flights will be routed through Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. He added that similar agreements with Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore are currently under consideration. 

The latest agreement applies to overseas nationals, diplomats, high-level workers, investors and other travellers approved by the government. For the time being, a 14-day quarantine period remains in place for arrivals from these locations. 

Vietnam has now entered the second phase of its VietnamSafe Communication Plan. The second stage of phase two will be implemented in October and will feature additional promotions ahead of a full return to international operations. In keeping with Vietnam’s pandemic response, the lifting of restrictions for international tourists will proceed with caution and will be subject to continued government monitoring. Regardless, the news marks a positive step for international tourism, taking Vietnam further down the road to a full recovery.