Charter flights with international tourists arrive this week

A number of charter flights carrying international passengers with vaccine passports will arrive this week as part of a closed travel programme.

Charter flights with international tourists arrive this week
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The first five localities participating in the tourism pilot programme are ready to welcome guests, according to

Le Van Nghia, director of the Nhat Binh Tourism Joint Stock Company, said the company has welcomed a charter flight carrying 222 Korean passengers from Incheon Airport to Khanh Hoa.

They were safely brought to an accommodation facility where the provincial Centre for Disease Control gave COVID-19 tests to all visitors, he said, adding that another flight with 207 passengers from Tokyo has arrived as well.

More international flights will be arriving in Phu Quoc, Da Nang and Nha Trang.

Vo Huy Cuong, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, said that Vietnam Airlines will transport South Korean passengers to Hoiana tourist resort in Quang Nam tomorrow, while two flights from Vietjet Air on will carry 250 tourists from Tokyo to Nha Trang and 250 from South Korea to Phu Quoc on November 20.

About 24 other flights have been scheduled for Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese travellers to Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa and Da Nang.

This will be an important basis for authorities’ possibly re-establishing more international routes in the future, Cuong said.

Nguyen Minh Tam, deputy head of the Marketing and Sales Department of Vietnam Airlines, said the airline has worked with a number of key markets to open 15 to 20 charter flights from now until the end of January.

Nghia added that unlike travellers from Japan and Taiwan, Russian tourists returning from other countries are not required to be quarantined.

The Nhat Minh Tourism Company plans to coordinate with S7 Airlines and schedule four flights in December to bring Russian guests to Cam Ranh. 

No restrictions

Cuong explained that restrictions would limit the effectiveness of the pilot programme. Now that China has pursued a policy restricting people from going abroad, for example, the country is no longer a stable source of visitors for Vietnam.


In addition, many travellers have chosen Vietnam as one of their final destinations after visiting Europe, Thailand, Singapore or Malaysia. He said Vietnam should have a one-month visa exemption policy for foreign visitors to ASEAN member countries as it had before to make it easier to attract visitors.

The General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyen Trung Khanh, emphasised the importance of adding new markets with a high safety level in terms of epidemic prevention, such as Northeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

However, as long as tourists meet medical and immigration requirements, there should be no reason to limit any of them, Khanh said. 

Ready to welcome guests

The first five localities participating in the pilot programme have prepared plans to welcome international guests.

Bui Quoc Thai, director of Kien Giang Department of Tourism, affirmed that all tasks for foreign travellers’ arrival have been completed.

On November 20, Phu Quoc will host the first batch of international visitors for the first time in two years. Around 250 guests will be staying in 13 accommodation establishments of Vingroup, Sungroup and Movenpick, among others.

They will spend time in nine designated locations. More will be added to the list of locations later.

Meanwhile, in Quang Nam, three tourism complexes, including Hoiana, Vinpearl Nam Hoi An and TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An, will be open for international tourists during the first phase. Tourists can visit Hoi An and My Son sanctuary during their stay.

“We have worked with all participating hotels and they will not have other guests while hosting these international visitors. Hoi An and My Son will have separate lanes for them,” Tuong said.

In the second phase, Quang Nam will extend the list of hotels allowed to host foreign tourists. 

Source: Vietnam News