(Date: December 20, 2021)
The Vietnamese Government has recently approved the anticipated reintroduction of regular international commercial flights to a variety of Asian and American destinations beginning January 1, 2022.
Flights will be initially run between Vietnam and Beijing/Guangzhou (China), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Seoul (South Korea), Taipei – Taiwan (China), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Tokyo (Japan), Vientiane (Laos), and San Francisco/Los Angeles(USA).
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister directed the ministry to publish immediate medical recommendations for travelers entering Vietnam on regular international commercial flights, which should be reviewed with experts and enterprises.
On December 16, 2021, Ministry of Health issued an official document on the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic for people on entry which will be effective on Jan 1, 2022. In general, all visitors will have to possess a negative result test with SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours prior to entering the country (except for children under 2 years old). A PC-Covid application must be installed on a visitor’s smartphone in order to make medical declarations and health monitoring. To be more specific, Vietnam Government categorizes visitors into two kinds:
- Visitors who are fully vaccinated
Visitors only need three days of self-quarantine on entry at their place of accommodation, and are not allowed to make direct contact with other people as well as leave their place of residence.
On the third day of self-quarantine, visitors will take the SARS-CoV-2 test by RT-PCR method. If the result is negative, they are recommended to keep self-monitoring their health condition until the 14th day from the entry date. Otherwise, if visitors are positive with SARS-CoV-2, they will be treated in accordance with the Vietnamese Government’s regulations.
- Entrants who have not been vaccinated or fully vaccinated
A 7-day quarantine on entry at their home or reserved hotel rooms is compulsorily required and the RT-PCR tests will be conducted on the 1st and 7th day. If the results are negative, visitors will be applied for another week of self-observation with another RT-PCR test to be done on the fourteenth day of entry. Otherwise, if visitors are positive with SARS-CoV-2, they will be treated in accordance with the Vietnamese Government’s regulations.
- Entrants under the age of 18, those over the age of 65, pregnant women, and those with underlying health concerns may stay with their parents or caretakers during quarantine time.
- Entrants who have the nationality of Vietnam, or Vietnamese including their spouse, and child(ren) who reside abroad have not been vaccinated or fully vaccinated, Vietnamese Government will support them in vaccination without extra charge in their quarantine if they meet the requirement.
These changes in policy make a really big difference compared to the current policies of obligating seven days of centralized quarantine and another week of medical self-observation.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam, Ministry of Transport will lead and advise airlines to resume normal international commercial flights in accordance with the authorized plan, as well as immediately analyze and make modifications in accordance with the actual circumstances. He instructed Ministry of Foreign Affairs to keep working with the Health Ministry to conclude an agreement with other nations and territories on mutual acceptance of “vaccine passports”, prioritizing the places where international commercial flights will be restarted.
From late November until now, Vietnam has already opened our borders to welcome back international travelers from 78 countries and territories that have mutually recognized vaccine passports with Vietnam. Kindly click here for more details.