Earlier this week, the Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority approved the resumption of ten domestic air routes. Passengers must be fully vaccinated with certification (the second dose must be taken at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before departure time) or show proof of Covid-19 recovery no more than six months before departure time.
Air routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Thanh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, and Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang) have resumed this week, with four return flights daily. One return flight per week from Ho Chi Minh City to Thua Thien-Hue.
There are two flights per week from Ho Chi Minh City to Nghe An.
Thanh Hoa to Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak, and Phu Quoc, with one flight per day.
Passengers from “red zones” or high-risk areas must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of departure.
Passengers departing from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An must also present a negative Covid-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of the departure time. They must self-monitor their health at home or place of residence for seven days after arrival and will be tested for Covid-19 on the second and seventh days. Meanwhile, earlier this week, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport approved a pilot plan that will begin overland interprovincial passenger transport on October 13th.
Passengers traveling from “extremely high risk” or “high risk” areas to other locations with comparable or lower risk must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with the final dose administered at least two weeks before departure, or have recovered from the disease within the previous six months. They must also provide proof of negative Covid-19 test results obtained within 72 hours of departure and follow the Ministry of Health’s safety protocols. Passengers traveling from low-risk or safe areas to higher-risk districts must adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols, make health declarations, and provide proof of negative Covid-19 tests issued within 72 hours of departure.
Drivers and driving assistants are subject to similar requirements. During the pilot period, drivers must follow a pre-determined route and only stop for rest or to pick up and drop off passengers at locations listed and announced by the Vietnam Directorate of Roads.