Vietnam to lift Covid-19 curbs on international flights, Cambodia expected to be benefit from transit passengers

Vietnam will remove limits on the number of international flights coming and going from all markets starting February 15, restoring frequency to pre-pandemic levels.

Dinh Viet Son, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, said Vietnam will end restrictions on international flights starting February 15, allowing flight frequency restoration to pre-pandemic levels.

Son said other countries have acknowledged the new policy and only China has not agreed to resume commercial flights with Vietnam.

Cambodia stands to benefit from this new relaxation of flights as pre pandemic times, thousands of passengers from Vietnam Airlines long haul flights, used Ho Chi Minh airport to transit to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

The total relaxation of flights is expected to boost such transit arrivals into Cambodia, thereby boosting arrivals which will have positive multiplier impact on Cambodia’s tourism and hospitality sector.

On February 11, the Ministry of Transport assigned the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam to hold discussions with aviation authorities of other countries and territories on resuming regular international passenger flights with markets that had direct flights to Vietnam before the pandemic.

Vietnam had already begun a gradual resumption of international flights from the start of this year while easing quarantine requirements. In particular, vaccinated passengers now only need three days of self-quarantine.

Vietnam has recorded over 2.4 million Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began and more than 38,000 deaths. Around 74.6 million people have received at least two Covid vaccine doses. E.