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Flyers from/to HCM City must provide negative COVID-19 test result: CAAV

Air passengers are required to present a valid negative coronavirus test result before travelling from/to Ho Chi Minh City, according to a new directive by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on intensifying COVID-19 response.

The CAAV requests all airport employees, especially those working at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport, to get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours. Both rapid antigen and PCR test evidences are accepted.

The same policy is applicable to aircrew serving on flights from/to HCM City, who are also advised to refrain from leaving the airport to travel to the city. The aircrew should stay inside Tan Son Nhat International Airport before boarding the next flight, the directive says, adding that surfaces of air cargoes from/to the city must be disinfected.

It also ordered a halt of international flights to HCM City, except for those receiving permission of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The CAAV requests airlines to instruct passengers to keep physical distance at airports, and increase the number of in-service airside transfer buses to make sure their passenger load does not exceed 50 percent of seating capacity per trip.

On July 8 afternoon, the authority issued an urgent notice requesting a reduction of seats available for sales on flights between HCM City and Hanoi, following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country’s southern hub over the recent weeks.

Accordingly, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines must sell no more than 700 seats on its flights between the two major cities in each direction daily while the limit for Pacific Airlines, Bamboo Airways and Vietjet Air ranges from 200 – 400 seats per day.

There are no restrictions on cargo flights, the notice adds.

The policy is applied from 0:00 hours July 9 throughout July 23./.