On February 15, Vietnam will lift its Covid-19 limitations on international passenger flights to all markets, with no limit on the number of flights, according to the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper.
The Southeast Asian country instituted strict border controls to keep out Covid-19 at the onset of the pandemic, with some initial success, but this hit the country’s booming tourism sector, which amounted to around 10% of GDP.
“Vietnam will lift restrictions on international flights starting Feb 15. The frequency of flights will be restored to pre-pandemic level,” Tuoi Tre said, citing Dinh Viet Son, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.
Vietnam has informed its partners about the new strategy, with the exception of China, which has yet to agree to resume commercial flights with Vietnam, according to Son.
Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam has been gradually resuming international flights with 15 markets while lowering quarantine restrictions, with vaccinated travelers now only needing three days of self-isolation.
Since the pandemic began, the country has had nearly 2.5 million Covid-19 cases and 39,000 fatalities.
Official figures showed that about 98 percent of the country’s 98 million individuals have received at least two vaccination doses.