Vietnam plans to resume international flights from December: PM

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By Hoang Phong November 25, 2021 | 16:39 GMT + 7

Plane at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, June 14, 2020. Photo by VnExpress / Quynh Tran

Vietnam plans to reopen its international flights in early December, including routes to Japan, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said on Thursday.

Chinh and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida had tasked relevant agencies to study the resumption of direct flights between the two countries, the Vietnamese government information portal reported, citing the Vietnamese prime minister as he concluded his four-month visit. days in Japan.

Previously, the Ministry of Transport had sought government approval to resume flights in January to 15 countries and territories that have high vaccination rates against Covid-19, including Japan.

With an increasing vaccination rate, Vietnam reopened its doors to foreign tourists this month, allowing fully vaccinated travelers to participate in package tours.

Japan was the third largest source of market for Vietnamese tourism, after China and South Korea. In 2019, the year before the start of Covid-19, Vietnam welcomed 952,000 Japanese tourists, an increase of 15% year-on-year.

Japan had 1.72 million foreign workers in October 2020, according to government data. Vietnamese represent the largest population of foreign workers in Japan with around 440,000 people, or nearly 26%.

Vietnam closed its doors to foreign tourists and blocked international flights in March last year, allowing entry only to Vietnamese returnees, foreign experts, investors and highly skilled workers.

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