Vietnam will end COVID restrictions on international flights from February 15.

The Southeast Asian country imposed strict border controls at the start of the pandemic to keep out COVID-19, with some initial success, but that dealt a blow to the burgeoning tourism industry, which accounted for about 10% of gross domestic product. “Vietnam will lift restrictions on international flights from February 15. The Southeast Asian country has recorded nearly 2.5 million cases of COVID-19 and about 39,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Vietnam will lift its COVID-19 restrictions on all-market international passenger flights from Feb. 15, with no flight restrictions, state newspaper Tuoi Tre reported Sunday. The Southeast Asian country imposed strict border controls at the start of the pandemic to keep out COVID-19, with some initial success, but that dealt a blow to the burgeoning tourism industry, which accounted for about 10% of gross domestic product.

“Vietnam will lift restrictions on international flights from Feb. 15. The frequency of flights will be restored to pre-pandemic levels,” said Tuoi Tre, citing Dinh Viet Son, deputy director of Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Administration . Vietnam has already informed its partners of that new policy and only China has not yet agreed to resume commercial flights with Vietnam, Son said.

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Vietnam had already begun to gradually resume international flights with 15 markets from the beginning of this year, while easing quarantine requirements, with vaccinated passengers now needing just three days of self-isolation. The Southeast Asian country has recorded nearly 2.5 million cases of COVID-19 and about 39,000 deaths since the pandemic began. Nearly 98% of the 98 million people have received at least two doses of vaccine, official data shows.

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