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International flights to Vietnam suspended, waiting for quarantine standards

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Air carriers have temporarily suspended international flights to Vietnam to wait for specific instructions on quarantine standards.

Tạm dừng bay quốc tế đưa khách vào Việt Nam, chờ quy chuẩn cách ly

Deputy Director of Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) Vo Huy Cuong said that after two flights of Vietnam Airlines from South Korea to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on September 25 and a flight of Vietjet Air on September 30, local airlines have suspended regular flights that take passengers from other countries to Vietnam. The reason, according to Cuong, is the lack of common standards on managing and isolating tourists from other countries to Vietnam.

For foreigners entering Vietnam, the rules are clear: having negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 virus, having a visa, and having been certified by the hotel where they are under quarantine.

However, for Vietnamese citizens returning from abroad, there are some problems in management and isolation. The Ministry of Health is working on instruction documents to guide the unified implementation in all provinces and cities in the country.

“There should be guidance for localities to uniformly implement the quarantine process,” Cuong said.

Ministry of Transport consults Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

The Ministry of Transport has consulted the People’s Committees of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on the schedule of regular international commercial flights. Based on the two cities’ opinions, the CAAV will consider and grant flight permits for airlines in the near future.

Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan said Vietnam Airlines will still operate the Guangzhou (China) – Ho Chi Minh City air route every Friday.

The Japan-Vietnam route are operated by Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air with the frequency of two flights per week, the Hanoi, HCM City – Seoul (South Korea) routes with 2 flights a week, and Hanoi, HCMC – Taipei (Taiwan) route with two flights per week.

The air routes from Vietnam to Cambodia and Laos with a frequency of 1 flight per week are operated by Vietnam Airlines.

Accordingly, there will be four weekly flights landing in Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (with a maximum of 1,304 seats) and five flights to land in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday (2 flights), Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (maximum 1,290 seats) on Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air.

On September 11, the CAAV sent official letters to the aviation authorities of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan (China) announcing the plan to reopen the passenger flights between Vietnam and these partners.

The partners all agreed with the plan offered by Vietnam. So far, the Korean side has had a specific plan and the remaining partners have only announced an initial plan.

For South Korea, Korean Air operated flights on October 9 from Incheon to/from Ho Chi Minh City and vice versa; Asiana Airlines operated flights from Incheon to/from Hanoi on October 7 and October 21, to/from HCMC on October 1 and October 15.

China appointed China Southern Airlines (CZ) to operate the Guangzhou – Ho Chi Minh route with a frequency of 1 flight per week.

Japan appointed Japan Airlines (JL) and All Nippon Airways (NH) to operate alternately the air routes from Tokyo to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on a weekly basis with a frequency of 1 flight per week per route.

Taiwan (China) appointed China Airlines (CI) and Eva Air (BR) to operate flights from Taipei to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on a weekly basis, with a frequency of 1 flight per week per route.

The subject of entry and the requirements for passengers in the prevention and control of Covid-19 are prescribed in Notice No. 330/TB-VPCP dated September 15 by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh.

Strict regulations

Check-in procedures at foreign airports for passengers on flights to Vietnam are performed only when passengers meet the following requirements:

For Vietnamese citizens: passengers must hold a valid passport, have a specific place of stay in Vietnam during the period of quarantine (at the accommodation listed by Hanoi and HCM City authorities) and a certificate of negative test for SARS-CoV-2 by real-time PCR method issued by the host country.

For foreigners: passengers must hold passports or papers valid for international travel (recognized by Vietnam) and valid visa or temporary residence card or written reply to visa application at the international border gate with still valid date for entry, with a specific place of stay in Vietnam and a certificate of negative test for SARS-CoV-2, using the real-time PCR method, issued by the host country.

The Ministry of Transport and the CAAV require airlines to send the airport authority a list of passengers expected to make a flight 12 hours prior to departure time according to flight permits and a detailed list of passengers 30 minutes before departure.

Airport authorities are responsible for receiving and transmitting passenger information on incoming international flights to medical quarantine, immigration and relevant agencies at airports.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/international-flights-to-vietnam-suspended-waiting-for-quarantine-standards-680128.html

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US backs a strong, independent Vietnam: Pompeo

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US backs a strong, independent Vietnam: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi, October 30, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has affirmed his nation’s continued support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam.

Meeting his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi Friday, Pompeo said he appreciated the continuous strengthening and expanding of the two countries’ comprehensive partnership on the basis of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions.

The foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that Pompeo also affirmed the U.S.’s support for Vietnam to play an increasingly important role in the region.

He also said the U.S. was committed to maintaining stable relations and continuing to cooperate with Vietnam to ensure bilateral relations progress substantially, reliably, effectively and sustainably, making a positive contribution to security, peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Foreign Minister Minh said that Vietnam highly values its comprehensive partnership with the U.S., as well as the two countries’ collaboration in organizing activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations despite difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The minister thanked the U.S. for its support to Vietnam, which includes a sum of $2 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in responding to the pandemic and the flooding that ravaged the central region for three weeks since October 6.

During their talks, the two officials discussed measures to further promote bilateral relations, including resumption of regular delegation exchanges, humanitarian cooperation and confronting the legacies of war, as well as increasing bilateral trade and investment on the basis of mutual benefit.

“Our everyday interactions are highlighted by increasing trade and investment ties, strategic cooperation, and collaboration on humanitarian and legacy of war issues, including the solemn duty of accounting for our wartime missing,” Pompeo said.

Minh said both sides should effectively implement an action plan towards sustainable and harmonious balance of trade and emphasized the potential for further cooperation in the energy sector. He also said Vietnam was committed to creating a favorable investment and business environment for the long term success of American businesses in Vietnam.

He suggested the U.S. continues to support the central role and solidarity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), thus promoting the ASEAN-U.S. strategic partnership.

Pompeo expessed high appreciation of Vietnam’s role as ASEAN Chair for 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

He expressed his wish that the two sides continue to strengthen coordination in handling common challenges, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, security and development in the region and around the world.

During his October 29-30 visit, Pompeo also met with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister for Public Security To Lam.

The trip was made to “reaffirm the strength of our comprehensive partnership, celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations, and discuss issues in the South China Sea and Mekong regions of mutual concern,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

“We are committed to achieving fair and reciprocal trade with Vietnam, as well as an open investment climate, by reducing barriers to trade and advancing market-oriented reforms. Our collaborative work to ensure the free and fair flow of goods and investment between our two countries will result in mutual prosperity,” it said.

Vietnam and the U.S. officially normalized their relationship on July 11, 1995, 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War.

The former foes are comprehensive partners today, with bilateral trade increasing from $450 million in 1994 to $77 billion in 2019.

The U.S. is now Vietnam’s largest importer and Vietnam remains the U.S.’s fastest-growing market in Southeast Asia. Despite the adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral trade value rose nearly 10 percent in the first half of this year.

Pompeo’s third visit to Vietnam is part of an itinerary that includes several Asian countries. He had previously attended the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India, and visited Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

His first visit to Vietnam was in July 2018, when he discussed with Vietnamese leaders ways to further the two countries’ partnership as well as global and regional issues of mutual interest, including North Korea’s denuclearization. The second one was in February 2019 when he accompanied President Donald Trump for the latter’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/us-backs-a-strong-independent-vietnam-pompeo-4184715.html

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Vietnam starts COVID-19 vaccine trials on monkeys

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Do Tuan Dat, director of developer Vaccine and Biological Production No. 1 (Vabiotech), said on October 30 that Vietnamese researchers have begun performing trials for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on monkeys.

The trial phase will see the vaccine given in various doses to 12 healthy macaca mulatta monkeys aged between three and five years old, with each animal weighing over three kg.

The 12 monkeys will be divided into two groups, including those that are given injections and those not given injections. Indeed, the vaccine will be administered to the animals on two occasions, with continuous evaluation throughout the process as each shot is given every 21 to 28 days.

Dat outlined that it will take approximately three months to get the results back from the trials, after which the blood samples of the monkeys will be sent to units in Hanoi for testing.

A COVID-19 vaccine for humans is expected to be ready for mass production by 2022. VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/vietnam-starts-covid-19-vaccine-trials-on-monkeys-685000.html

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No new COVID-19 cases on Friday

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Friday evening update

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/804088/no-new-covid-19-cases-on-friday.html

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