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Vietnam ready to take off, international flights start this month




Vietnam is gearing up for international flights and some trips are planned to start as early as this month. The country’s Civil Aviation Authority says they’re set to start international flights on September 15 after being put on pause for the past 5 months. The authority’s director says travellers will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Vietnam.

Japan and South Korea are first on the list. Vietnam has 4 trips per week planned for each route. The plan is still being discussed with the transport ministry along with the ministries of foreign affairs, defence, health and labour.

International flights to Vietnam stopped on April 1 in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Local airlines took a hit and lost an estimated $4 billion this year.

Currently Thailand has no plans for a re-opening of its airports for general tourist traffic. Details are yet to be announced for a “Phuket Model” or a special opportunity for people from some ‘low risk’ countries to fly to Thailand for extended stays. But all proposals, at this stage, will require mandatory 14 day quarantine, at the traveller’s cost.

Other ASEAN countries are, at this stage, largely closed to international traffic although some hubs are still being used for passengers to transit flights.

Malaysia’s borders are closed to tourists until December 31. Only those who have families in Malaysia or “essential” travellers who enter the country for business or investment purposes are allowed to visit Malaysia. Those travellers need to have a letter approved by the Malaysian consulate or embassy as well as the appropriate visa before landing. Travellers also need to go through a 14 day quarantine.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Another ridiculous deal, but it will give Thailand competition.
    The first country to ease up will grab the tourists.

    • Preesy Chepuce

      Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 1:02 am

      It’s not just about easing up, they have to give confidence that getting home will be easy, nobody wants to travel that far and be stuck in an expensive problem. They also need to cut prices, Thailand’s success is being a bargain.

  2. Terry

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Who wants to get stuck in a hotel room for 14 days?

    • Eddie

      Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:07 am

      At least they didn’t say you can only stay in HCM or Danang and if you want to go to other part of Vietnam you need 7 more days. Already winning over Thailand.

  3. Maag

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Who will get top ridiculous awarded , Thailand , Vietnam , Cambodia …….?

  4. TS

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Thailand not even in competition. Or close to be. Pretty much thrown the towel

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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