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Many Singaporean tourists willing to travel to Vietnam

Many Singaporean tourists willing to travel to Vietnam

The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) said that according to the poll results of international tourists passing through Singapore's Changi Airport, 90 percent of Singaporean respondents said they are ready to travel to Vietnam as soon as international travel restrictions are lifted.The survey "Demand of Singapore tourists to Vietnam" was conducted by Changi Airport Group in two weeks, from November 24, 2021, to December 8, 2021, by distributing survey questionnaires to 5,000 passengers using the airport service.The summary from the survey results shows that, when international travel restrictions between Vietnam and Singapore are lifted, most Singaporean tourists want to visit Vietnam with family and friends to enjoy famous landscapes, beautiful beaches, and local specialties.Vietnam's destinations are popular with Singaporean tourists, especially venues with easy access, good tourism infrastructure, high-quality services in big cities satisfying tourists’ demands.When asked "When are you ready to travel to Vietnam?", survey respondents said that they will travel to Vietnam as soon as they can, and the travel ban is eased at international border gates.In 2022, Singaporean tourists have shown their growing excitement about the trips to Vietnam. The tourist attractions of Vietnam are very close and familiar to Singaporeans.Vietnam is a quite convenient destination for Singaporean visitors with direct flights and deluxe resorts.The survey results have shown that changes in travel demand, especially the choice of resort tourism, are also in the general trend of world tourism. 95 percent of respondents said that they want to travel to Vietnam for the purpose of relaxation; therefore, they prefer familiar resorts where they can stay for several days.As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors traveling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: www.sggpnews.org.vn
Vietnam looking to fully reopen to tourists by 30 April 2022

Vietnam looking to fully reopen to tourists by 30 April 2022

A senior government official in charge of tourism suggested Vietnam should fully reopen the door to international tourism in April 2022 in order to speed up its ongoing tourism recovery.Addressing a conference on improving competitiveness on January 18, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung noted Vietnam is kick-starting its tourism recovery scheme by reopening the door to domestic tourism that has received support from localities and travel businesses as well. However, he said the reopening of the international tourism market will help ramp up the sector’s recovery process.“We cannot wait so long, and April 30 will be the right time,” he said suggesting the roadmap.Minister Hung informed the conference about a pilot scheme to welcome back international tourists with a vaccine passport Vietnam has carried out since mid-November 2021.Over the past two months, the tourism sector has welcomed 7,800 foreign visitors coming from a number of markets with a high safety level such as Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Russia. Meanwhile, Vietnam remains a favorite destination of foreign travelers as it has been ranked sixth globally in terms of vaccination coverage.“The pilot scheme has achieved initial encouraging results when visitors are eager to return to Vietnam in safe conditions. This indicates Vietnam is a safe destination in the region and the world,” said Hung.The Minister requested that localities continue implementing the pilot scheme from now until April 30, and if the proposal is approved, Vietnam will fully reopen its market to international tourism.“This is determination, not idealism,” he said.Pham Van Thuy, deputy director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, also agreed that Vietnam should fully reopen its international tourism market in the second quarter so that localities and businesses have time to prepare conditions for welcoming guests.“They will have more time to strengthen tourism promotion and expand the scope of the pilot scheme to remove constraints,” he said.Tran Trong Kien, chairman of the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), and Truong Gia Binh, head of the Private Sector Research and Development Board (Board IV), also agreed with the above proposals, noting that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalize the tourism sector.The local tourism sector has borne the brunt of the prolonged COVID-19 outbreak for more than 20 months. Late last year the Prime Minister approved a pilot scheme to welcome back foreign visitors with a vaccine passport to five localities in Vietnam. On November 17, 29 tourists from various countries came to UNESCO-recognised Hoi An ancient town, kick-starting the pilot programme.Khanh Hoa and Phu Quoc then followed hot on the heels of receiving groups of foreign tourists. So far seven localities have been allowed to receive foreign tourists with a vaccine passport under the pilot program. They are Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dinh.As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors traveling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: vietnamnet.vn
Vietnam to facilitate procedures for foreign entrants

Vietnam to facilitate procedures for foreign entrants

Foreign arrivals with valid visas will be allowed to enter Vietnam without having to obtain prior permission from the immigration department and local authorities.Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has agreed in principle to simplify administrative procedures for those entering Vietnam, the Government Office announced Tuesday.Accordingly, foreigners that are not tourists can enter Vietnam without having to apply for approval from the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local authorities.However, those who want to visit Vietnam for tourism purposes will have to continue following all regulations applied to international tourists.Before the government gives the green light, anyone that wants to enter Vietnam must prepare a list of papers including approvals from the People’s Committee and the Department of Immigration, proof of vaccination, PCR test results, and a health insurance certificate for quarantine. In many cases, it could take weeks to prepare all the papers.For foreigners that still need to obtain a visa, the People’s Committee in cities and provinces should create favorable conditions in case they need to enter Vietnam to work, study, or do charity work.Vietnam partially reopened regular commercial flights on nine international routes on Jan. 1 to China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, and the U.S.Once arriving in Vietnam, fully vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Covid-19 will have to self-isolate, either at home, hotels, or other facilities, for three days. They will be tested on the third day. If results are negative, they will be required to monitor their health for the next 11 days, free to move about, but required to avoid large gatherings or crowded places.Arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be self-isolated for seven days, then be tested on the 3rd and 7th days. Arrivals must pay for their PRC tests.As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors traveling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: e.vnexpress.net
The countries reopening their borders for travel this year, from Australia to Vietnam

The countries reopening their borders for travel this year, from Australia to Vietnam

Several countries are reopening their international borders for the first time during the pandemic. Aoife O’Riordain offers a glimpse of what visitors can look forward to this yearLaosThis month, Laos opened to visitors from a limited number of countries on tours to designated “green zone” destinations. It is hoped that more will open up in April and July and that access will be extended to the UK.On 3 December 2021, a new Chinese-built railway linking the Chinese city of Kunming with Luang Prabang and Laotian capital, Vientiane, opened. It offers a more environmentally sound and speedy choice for travellers reducing the need for internal flights and long bus journeys.Stubborn Mule can arrange a two-week Laos Highlights family itinerary taking in the Unesco World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang, Vientiane, a cruise on the Mekong as well as the 4,000 islands in the south of the country. Two weeks from £2,375pp with flights.VietnamVietnam has begun allowing a limited number of vaccinated travellers back with an eye to opening fully to international tourists in June.Among the hotel, openings to look forward to is Azerai, the brainchild of Amanresort founder, Adrian Zecha. It has been conceived as a more affordable chain still executed in its elegant style.Azerai The Residence Hue opened just before the pandemic and a third property, Azerai Ke Ga Bay, opened at the end of 2020 on the southeastern coast. B&B from £200.The Regent Phu Quoc is set to open in April at this popular seaside island, over half of which is a Unesco World Heritage Biosphere Reserve. Gazing out over the Gulf of Thailand, rooms start at £230.BhutanThe Himalayan kingdom opened to vaccinated tourists in November, who had to quarantine for 14 days, but closed again. It is hoped that borders will reopen to coincide with the unveiling of a great trek.Monks, armies, traders and messengers used the Trans Bhutan Trail for centuries until it fell out of favour in the 1960s with the construction of a new road. In April, it will reopen following a restoration spearheaded by the His Majesty the King of Bhutan and the Bhutan Canada Foundation.The 420km route passes through rural communities, mountain valleys and monasteries, all in the dramatic shadow of the Himalayas.G ­Adventures offers tours on the route, such as the 11-day Camp the Trans Bhutan Trail from £2,349pp excluding flights.SingaporeVaccinated UK arrivals will be allowed entry – with regular testing – from 21 January.One of the best ways to experience the city-state’s cultural mix is through its food. With dishes including Hainanese chicken rice, Peranakan char kway teow noodles, nasi lemak, and scores of distinctive local dishes mingling Chinese, Indian and Malay flavors, visitors are advised to do as the locals do and head to the stalls of 100-plus hawker centers.With roots in the immigrant arrivals of the 1800s, stalls were organized into centers by the authorities in the 1960s and are such an intrinsic part of Singaporean culture they have been inscribed on Unesco’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Meet “hawkerpreneurs” on a tour with Wok ‘n’ Stroll’s Next Generation Hawker Food Tour, from £70pp.JapanIn response to Omicron, borders will remain closed until at least the end of February. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first train line between Tokyo and Yokohama, so – when restrictions allow – it seems apt to discover Japan via its extensive rail network.When it launched, the trip between Tokyo and Yokohama took one hour, but these days, the trip now takes 10 minutes. There are now more than 8,500 train stations all over the country with a new JR West Kyushu bullet train line between Nagasaki and Takeo Onsen launching in the Autumn.Inside Japan Tours has a 14-night Best of Japan self-guided train trip from £1,950pp excluding flights.New ZealandNew Zealand’s otherworldly landscape is synonymous with the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films and its role will be reprised in the first installment of Amazon Prime’s prequel series from 2 September. The country’s extraordinary terrain will take center stage for what is rumored to be one of the most expensive television series ever made.Locations are a closely guarded secret, but North Island’s Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf and South Island’s Mount Kidd are rumored to be in the frame.AustraliaA cautious and phased border reopening is underway, but there is no set date for international holidaymakers’ return to Australia.If you are craving wide-open wilderness, Tasmania offers it in abundance. Responsible Travel has a self-drive holiday exploring Australia’s largest island that vis iconic sights such as Cradle Mountain and the lesser-visited Bruny Island.The trip supports the work of the Tasmania Land Trust and accommodation is in a range of B&Bs, cabins, and cottages, some of which are in “Land for Wildlife” conservation areas. 10 nights from A$1,495pp (£790) excluding flights.Bali, IndonesiaVisitor numbers have crashed from the millions to the tens on this tropical Indonesian island. It is currently open to a select number of countries – though not yet the UK – which is able to enjoy its lush landscape and spiritual heritage.Opened last year, Nirjhara is a sustainably slanted, stylish retreat of 25 suites and villas in Tabanan in the southwest.B&B from £126. Later this year the Anantara Ubud resort will open in Payangan, half an hour’s drive from Bali’s spiritual heart, the verdant, terraced Ubud. ThailandFew countries can rival the white sands, inviting coves, and hidden bays of Thailand’s coast and islands. But pre-pandemic some of its iconic beaches were also suffering as a result of chronic over-tourism. Now, a phased reopening of the country is underway, with visitors permitted under certain conditions to specific locations.The subject of millions of Instagram posts, the idyllic Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh (the backdrop for the 2000 film The Beach), was one such casualty, which closed to tourism in 2018 in an effort to restore its ecosystem. The beach has just reopened to 375 visitors per day.Find a deserted beach of your own with TruTravel’s Thailand Escape trip. Nine days from £657pp excluding flights.Rapa Nui, ChileThis year marks the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen, who set foot on one of the most isolated islands on earth on Easter Sunday 5 April 1722.He named it Easter Island, but Rapa Nui had in fact been inhabited for several centuries by people believed to have come from the South Pacific archipelago of Polynesia.Now a special territory of Chile, one of its main attractions is the 900 mysterious sculptures known as “moai”, hand-carved between the 12th and 16th centuries.The island will reopen for visitors on 2 February. Journey Latin America offers a 10-day holiday to Chile including four nights on Easter Island for £2,857pp including flights.As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors traveling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: inews.co.uk
Vietnam's tourism revives, starts again from scratch

Vietnam's tourism revives, starts again from scratch

The market is completely new after Covid-19. All players, small and large, will be at the starting point. Those who have a good start will obtain more market share.Russian travelers in Khanh Hoa Province.“Move up, even just one centimeter. Slow means losing,” said Nguyen Quoc Ky, Chair of Vietravel Holdings at a recent workshop on risk management held by HCM City Tourism Department and Hoa Sen University.When Covid-19 broke out, Vietravel decided that the firm would experience four stages of administration – active hibernation, defrosting, acceleration, and full recovery.Active hibernation means cutting operation costs while ensuring basic divisions keep the firm alive. During the pandemic peak days, the firm focused on marketing and on-the-spot tourism, so as to reactivate itself immediately when necessary and make clients not ‘forget’ the firm.Vietravel’s 64 offices nationwide had to close the door during the pandemic, but the firm did not stop its operation in cyberspace. When HCM City was in lockdown, some divisions still kept working, including marketing, product building, and finance.The firm has just entered the second phase. Ky said it’s necessary to ‘defrost’ as soon as possible once the pandemic has been controlled. The things that need to be done immediately are building staff, products and developing the market.“All travel firms, large and small, are at the same starting point. Those who have a good start will quickly regain the market,” he said.“There are no more loyal clients because everyone is just ‘loyal’ to their benefits. If we cannot find clients’ demands, we will be left behind, and if we don’t have good products, we will also be left behind,” he continued.“If you sit immovable, you will fail,” he said.Tran Nguyen from Sun World has the same view. She said at a national tourism forum in late December 2021 this is the opportunity to reposition Vietnam’s tourism. Travel firms need to more effectively exploit the domestic market with 85 million customers and lure foreign travelers. It’s necessary to attract them with low tour fees, but high-quality service and good experiences. Tourism can live only if other business fields recover.Tardiness not only affects the tourism industry, but also the supply of input materials for domestic production, and goods circulation. If Vietnam is slow in resuming international flights and reopening tourism, it will lose in a market with many strong rivals.The defrosting period will be followed by acceleration and full recovery. According to Ky, in the best scenario, the defrosting will be completed by the end of Q1 2022 before travel firms can gear up. And only by 2022 or 2023 summer will the sector recover fully.Ky said aviation and tourism will not strongly recover soon as one economist has said.In principle, tourism can recover only when transport infrastructure, healthcare, services, shopping, and entertainment return to normal.Some analysts predict that the tourism sector, like a compressed spring, would bounce back strongly. However, this hasn’t happened, because the spring was compressed too long.Businesses now need big support to survive the pandemic. They need capital to make money to pay debts.“No one does business with just his or her own money, but with capital from many sources, including financial institutions, funds, and banks. Money is what businesses must-have. Also, they need to have other conditions as well,” Ky said.Regarding the ‘other conditions’, Ky mentioned the Government’s Resolution 128. The document switched strategy from ‘zero Covid’ to ‘live together with Covid. However, this is just a necessary condition, and there need to be sufficient conditions as well.Currently, the Government still lets local authorities make decisions on measures to fight the pandemic. As a result, the measures are different, causing difficulties for businesses. Businesses are most afraid of the inconsistency of policies. They may be allowed to open today, but told to close doors tomorrow.The tourism industry is still running but in constant anxiety. In mid-June, Quang Ninh tourism announced its opening and began receiving bookings. But just two weeks later, it had to stop all activities.When reopening the tourism sector, it’s necessary to recover transport. Vietnam has gone slowly in resuming international flights, Ky said. Tardiness not only affects the tourism industry, but also the supply of input materials for domestic production, and goods circulation. If Vietnam is slow in resuming international flights and reopening tourism, it will lose in a market with many strong rivals.Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thuy, the rector of Hoa Sen University, said the number of tourists Vietnam lost over the last two years is equal to the number it can receive in 5-7 years. So, it may take that much time to get the same number of travelers if risk management is poor.A study found that the number of tourists booking tours is relatively high. Once they no longer hesitate to travel, prices won’t be a problem for them. Instead, they just want high-quality, safe tours. Instead of setting too many requirements, provide travelers with enjoyable journeys.The General Statistics Office (GSO) reported that the number of international tourists to Vietnam in December 2021 increased by 14.2 percent compared to November. As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors traveling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: https://vietnamnet.vn/
Limit all-inclusive flights to Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat to avoid rapid testing overload

Limit all-inclusive flights to Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat to avoid rapid testing overload

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has proposed the Ministry of Transport for requesting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to limit the arrangement of package flights (combo) to bring citizens to Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports. This is to avoid overloading the COVID-19 rapid test area at these two airports.According to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, from January 4 to 7 there were 47 international flights landing in Vietnam, including 16 regular commercial flights, 20 package flights, 11 flights carrying international experts and tourists. A total of 6,094 visitors entered the country.The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said that in the past few days, in order to minimize congestion at the rapid testing area at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports, this agency has closely coordinated with airlines in extending the landing time of flights.However, because many airlines have difficulty in changing their time of departing from abroad, the adjustment cannot be done thoroughly. Commercial flights, carrying experts using slots (time of takeoff and landing) at foreign and Vietnamese airports cannot be adjusted, in order to avoid the loss of these slots.The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has proposed that the Ministry of Transport request the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the focal point in reviewing and approving package flights, to minimize package flights carrying citizens back home from landing in Vietnam. Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports until there are adjustments to regulations on rapid testing for passengers on entry.According to the dispatch No. 9406/CD-VPCP of the Government Office issued on December 23, 2021, on strengthening control of the new strain of Omicron of the SARS-COV-2 virus, passengers traveling by plane from countries with Omicron strains to Vietnam must undergo rapid testing before boarding and after disembarking.During the operation of international flights, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam received requests from many airlines to cancel the rapid testing before and after the flight to Vietnam. Instead, passengers will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours instead of 72 hours before entry to increase reliability.Many foreign airports do not have a rapid SARS-CoV-2 test service, with airports arranged, the cost is about 270 USD / time like in Japan, expensive for guests. Waiting for quick tests and getting results after entry at the airport causes congestion when many international flights arrive.On January 7, the Ministry of Transport proposed to the Prime Minister to allow the uniform application of regulations on pre-flight SARS-CoV-2 testing according to international practices applied in the past time. (not required to perform rapid testing before boarding and after disembarkation) on the basis of adjustment as prescribed in Official Dispatch No. 9406/CD-VPCP.As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors travelling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: https://tuoitre.vn/
National Tourism Year 2022 to officially open in March

National Tourism Year 2022 to officially open in March

The National Tourism Year 2022 will officially kick off on March 25 in Hoi An city of the central coastal province of Quang Nam.According to the Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Thanh Hong, the National Tourism Year 2022 themed “Quang Nam - A green tourism destination" will help the locality introduce its traditional culture and tourism potential to international friends.The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will coordinate with the Tourism Association to organize tourism promotion campaigns via technological platforms and social networks, he said.The event is also expected to help Quang Nam gradually resume domestic tourism activities and attract international visitors in the coming time. Two world heritage sites in Quang Nam – Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary – began to welcome foreign tourists starting November 15, 2021.The roadmap to welcome foreign visitors will be rolled out in three phases, with the first one running from mid-November to  November 30 and the second one between December 1 and January 31, 2022.As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors travelling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: Vietnamplus
HCMC, Binh Dinh allowed to welcome back foreign tourists

HCMC, Binh Dinh allowed to welcome back foreign tourists

The government has greenlighted Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dinh Province to welcome back foreign tourists under a vaccine passport trial program from this month.The latest additions raised the total localities allowed to receive international visitors on special tour packages to seven.Earlier, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa and Da Nang got the greenlight to allow in foreign visitors from mid-November.HCMC, a major tourist hub, previously proposed the government to allow in fully immunized foreign tourists carrying 'vaccine passports' without mandatory quarantine.The southern metropolis received over 8.6 million foreign visitors in 2019, or nearly half the total foreign arrivals in Vietnam.Authorities in Binh Dinh Province, home to famous resort town Quy Nhon, last October had sought government approval to welcome tourists from Northeast Asia, Russia, the U.S., and some European countries.Vietnam reopened its doors to foreign tourists in November after nearly two years.In the month since then, over 3,500 foreign visitors arrived on package tours, according to Nguyen Trung Khanh, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.The country expects to receive five million foreign visitors under the vaccine passport program in 2022.As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors travelling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: Vnexpress
First regular international flight to resume on January 5 to Japan

First regular international flight to resume on January 5 to Japan

Plans are in place to resume some regular international flight routes to Vietnam, almost two years after they were halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first regular international route to resume will be the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines flying to Japan on January 5, 2022. Vietjet Air and All Nippon Airways will resume flights on January 6, 2022.Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan said that it was impossible for this route to resume sooner, due to the Japanese New Year holiday which means that testing facilities are not operating.However, only those eligible for entry to Japan will be able to fly. A ten-day quarantine on the Japanese side is still required. Taiwan (China) also agreed to restart flights, according to a letter sent on December 24 to the Vietnamese authority. Taiwan authorities have suggested at least five flights a week.On December 27, the aviation authorities of Singapore issued a written agreement that Vietnam Airlines can operate two flights per week. As well as this, Vietjet Air will operate one flight per week and Pacific Airlines will operate one flight per week to the city-state.On December 28, the Cambodian side agreed in writing, after requesting more information from Vietnam about the proposal. Vietnam Airlines will operate four flights per week.Vietnam Airlines has already been licensed by the aviation authorities of both Vietnam and the United States to operate regular flights between the two countries. The airline has been cleared to immediately begin flights as planned and does not need any further approval.Negotiations on restarting flights to other countries are still ongoing. The Thai aviation authorities received a request on December 27 regarding the resumption of flights to Vietnam, but an official response has not yet been received. The ministry is also working with representatives of the South Korean embassy and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vietnam to push for an early reply on the plan to resume flights to Vietnam. South Korea is currently applying a 10-day quarantine for foreigners entering the country, while Taiwan (China) also has COVID-dependant entry requirements. Mainland China and Laos have not yet responded to Vietnam's request to a letter sent from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam on December 23.  More to comeOn December 27, the Ministry of Transport chaired a meeting between the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Transport, Public Security, and National Defence and airlines to discuss and agree on the resumption of regular international commercial flights.The Government has agreed to reopen regular international passenger flights to nine countries and territories; Beijing/Guangzhou (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan - China), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Vientiane (Laos), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and San Francisco/Los Angeles (the US). The first scheduled international commercial flight to Japan is on January 5, 2022.According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the demand for returning the country by Vietnamese citizens in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (China) will be huge, especially during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.“In order to better meet the demand of overseas Vietnamese trying to return, representatives of the ministries agreed to increase the frequency of flights to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (China) to seven flights per week to help passengers have more options at a more reasonable price," Tuan said.Regarding the proposal of airlines to open regular flights to Europe and Australia, the ministries said that Vietnamese citizens in European countries and Australia hope to have direct flights to Vietnam for the Tet holidays.The transport ministry had previously proposed to the Prime Minister resuming flights to France, Germany, Russia and Australia from January 1, 2022. At the meeting, the ministries agreed to apply regular international commercial flights to the European and Australian markets.The Prime Minister has been asked to consider increasing the frequency of regular international commercial flights carrying passengers between Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (China). It has also been proposed that the pilot plan be extended to Europe and Australia to satisfy the demand created by Vietnamese citizens abroad trying to return for the Lunar New Year holidays.Under the ministry’s plan, regular international passenger flights will resume to Beijing/Guangzhou (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan - China), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Vientiane (Laos), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and San Francisco/Los Angeles (the US).As the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors travelling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: Vietnam News