Vietnam considers restarting flights to Taiwan

Flights likely to start end of July with business people, investors, and overseas Vietnamese as priority travelers

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Ha Long Bay in Vietnam (wikicommons photo by Ondřej Žváček)
 

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam (wikicommons photo by Ondřej Žváček)  

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is one of the priority destinations for Vietnam to reopen flights to before the end of July in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports said Friday (July 3).

According to Vietnam News Agency, transportation officials are considering restarting flights with countries that go more than 30 days without new local transmissions, CNA reported.

Taiwan featured high on the list together with Japan, South Korea, China, and some Southeast Asian nations. However, the priority passengers are not tourists, but business people, investors, technicians, and Vietnamese overseas, while restrictions would continue to safeguard public health, officials said.

Visitors would have to present a health certificate not older than three days and proof they have stayed in the country of origin for at least 30 days. They would still be tested and spend 14 days in quarantine upon their arrival in Vietnam.

Taiwan is also being considered by Thailand as part of a travel bubble that is expected to start in August at the earliest. No quarantine would be required, but there would be limits on the regions travelers could visit.