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Vietnam mulls incoming flights from Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan, Tokyo

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Vietnam is considering the resumption of incoming flights from Cambodia, Laos and Taiwan, as well as the cities of Guangzhou, Seoul and Tokyo, Vietnam News has reported.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has told several government ministries to consider reopening select international flights based on safety and diplomatic importance, but urged that the move must be approached with caution, the report said.

All of the destinations being considered have good relations with Vietnam and are showing progress with regards to halting Covid-19.

The announcement was made after a meeting of the cabinet with the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control this week, which the Prime Minister chaired.

A government statement said that Vietnam must prepare the best possible efforts in terms of integration, economic development, political and foreign affairs’ goals, as well as ensuring that Vietnam was a safe destination for travel.

The statement said that any countries and regions to be admitted must first record 30 days without domestic transmission of the coronavirus, adding that quarantine rules must be issued alongside a host of prevention measures to ensure Vietnam was safe from the spread of the highly infectious disease.

There will also be limited entry for select experts, businesspeople, managers and the highly skilled, according to the statement. Security, foreign affairs and transport ministries will coordinate to manage any such entries.

The Prime Minister also assigned ministries to kickstart a program to stimulate domestic tourism.

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