Vietnam Airlines to resume regular flights to Europe next week

HANOI, Jan 21 (dpa): Vietnam Airlines will resume regular flights to four European countries next week after a 10-month suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the airline said in a statement released on Friday.

The first flight is scheduled to depart for London via Paris on January 24 and then back to Hanoi. A flight to Frankfurt is due to take off on January 27 and one to Moscow on January 29.

From February 8, the flight schedule to London, Paris, and Frankfurt will be fixed on two routes. The first route departs every Tuesday with a journey from Hanoi to London, via Frankfurt and then back to Hanoi. The second route departs every Thursday with the route from Hanoi to Paris, via Frankfurt and back to Hanoi

On January 1, Vietnam resumed international flights to nine destinations, including the United States and seven Asian cities that have effectively managed the coronavirus pandemic and have high rates of vaccination.

Vietnam closed its borders and shut down international flights at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Foreign arrivals who do not have a valid visa will still be required to get a visa from the immigration authorities and have to comply with Covid-19 prevention protocols.

The protocols include a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 72 hours before arrival, another Covid-19 test once they are in the country and a mandatory three-day period of self-isolation at home. - dpa

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