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Hanoi (AFP) – Vietnam will lift coronavirus restrictions on international flights for fully vaccinated passengers from Tuesday, the country’s aviation authority said in a statement.
The communist nation has virtually closed to the world since March 2020 due to the pandemic, which has given its vital tourism sector a severe blow.
Authorities have been slowly loosening the curbs in recent months, with visitors seeping in during a bubble event since November.
From Tuesday (17.00 GMT Monday), “Vietnam will lift restrictions on passenger transport on scheduled and non-scheduled flights,” the civil aviation authority said.
The statement released Sunday did not say how many flights would be allowed to enter, but indicated that arrivals could be allowed to return to pre-pandemic levels.
Anyone wishing to enter Vietnam must be fully vaccinated and must comply with a three-day quarantine, either at home or in a hotel, according to the rules.
Travelers must still comply with existing entry and exit rules and requirements for pre-pandemic health care, the authority said.
More than 90 percent of adults in the country have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The government is considering inoculating young teens as it accelerates the rollout of booster shots.
Vietnam currently reports about 20,000 new daily cases and has registered more than 2.5 million infections with nearly 39,000 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.
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