Vietnam stops checking COVID-19 testing, vaccination papers at airports

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Vietnam stops checking COVID-19 testing, vaccination papers at airports

Passengers perform check-in procedures at an airport in Vietnam. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has lifted the requirement of certificates of full vaccination against COVID-19, recovery from the disease or negative test results on air passengers from Saturday.

Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan made a number of adjustments to the standards and conditions for passengers and crews of regular commercial flights in a dispatch sent to airlines and airport authorities on Friday.

Accordingly, certificates of full vaccination against COVID-19, recovery from the disease or negative test results are no longer compulsory for air passengers.

Only a coronavirus test certificate with a negative result using the real-time RT-PCR method or a rapid test within 72 hours before departure remains mandatory for passengers residing in areas at very high risk of COVID-19 transmission or in neighborhoods placed under medical isolation before the flight.

Cabin crews are also no longer subject to coronavirus testing before each flight.

Currently, the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam is basically under control nationwide and the vaccination rate is high, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The ministry has directed the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam to closely monitor domestic air transport operations and proactively adjust the flight frequency to meet the travel needs of people while ensuring safe adaptation, flexibility, and effective control over the pandemic.

Vietnam has recorded 2,110,737 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in early 2020.

Health workers have administered above 173.7 million vaccine doses since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8, 2021.

More than 78.7 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while over 73.5 million have been jabbed twice.

The number of third doses – including additional primary shots for immunocompromised people, boosters, and third jabs of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine has surpassed 21.3 million.

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