Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Transport no longer requires all air passengers from Ho Chi Minh City and the city of the Mekong Delta Can Tho provide proof of the negative COVID-19[female[feminine test results, according to its new rules released on December 27.
The testing obligation now only applies to people residing or traveling from closed areas or areas classified as having the highest COVID-19 risk level (level 4) in the two southern cities.
Travelers from these areas must show proof of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR results or rapid antigen tests performed within 72 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure time.
Passengers will not be allowed to board flights if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, for example, cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, sore throat and loss of taste.
Under recently released regulations, the Department of Transportation also allows carriers to serve meals on board and increase the frequency of flights on domestic routes from December 29, 2021 to February 16, 2022.
For example, the number of flights between Hanoi and HCM City will increase to 25 return flights per day from December 29, 2021 to January 18, 2022 and to 52 from January 19 to February 16, 2022.
The flight frequency on the HCM City – Da Nang route will be 20 flights per day in the first phase and 27 in the second phase, while that on the Hanoi – Da Nang route will be 20 in both phases.
Flight frequencies may be further increased ahead of Tet – Vietnam’s traditional Lunar New Year – which begins on January 29, with the COVID-19 situation taken into account./.