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Planes at Noi Bai International Airport.  --Photo Huy Hung

19 domestic routes to resume from Sunday, quarantine measures remain in place

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN)  -- The Ministry of Transport (MoT) on Friday evening announced a pilot programme on the resumption of domestic flights, with three provinces and cities that previously refused to allow the flights, Hai Phong, Gia Lai and Hanoi, all agreeing to restart them.
The 11-day pilot programme will start from Sunday. Passengers will be expected to follow the quarantine measures in place at their destination.
During the programme, the MoT will co-ordinate with localities to assess their circumstances and the results, before proposing necessary adjustments to the Prime Minister.
Under the pilot programme, the MoT allowed the resumption of 38 return domestic flights per day in 19 provinces and cities.
Airlines will be allowed to operate one return flight between HCM City and Bình Dịnh,Da Nang, Hue, Khanh Hoa, Nghe An, Phu Yen, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Thanh Hoa, Hai Phong, Phu Quoc, Gia Lai and Rạch Gia.
There will also be one return flight between Hanoi/HCM City – Da Nang, Da Nang – Can Tho/Dak Lak, Thanh Hoa – Lam Dong. Flights between Hanoi – Can Tho will be flexible based on the a actual circumstances.
Hai Phong will operate a round trip to HCM City. Hanoi will have two round trips to Da Nang and HCM City. Gia Lai will operate a round trip to HCM City daily.
The MoT requires passengers to have had two doses of vaccine, or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, and test negative for SARS-CoV-2 within three days before departure.
Passengers must complete medical declarations, and will not be allowed to board if they have a fever, cough or difficulty breath. 
After the flight, passengers must report to local authorities, self-quarantine at home based on the guidance of local authorities.
Leaders of the Hanoi People’s Committee on Saturday asked eligible arriving passengers from HCM City to Noi Bai International Airport to also have proof of negative SARS-CoV-2 test done 72 hours before departure, quarantine for seven days at the city’s centralised quarantine centres, followed by another seven-day self-isolation for medical observation. A list of the centres will be announced in detail and passengers will pay for quarantine fees along with testing costs themselves.

(Latest Update October 11, 2021)

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