The government in Hanoi has agreed to resume commercial flights to and from China after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Transport Ministry, however, said on Monday that the frequency and timing of flights was still being discussed.
With 372 infections and no deaths, Vietnam has seen no community infections of the virus for nearly three months, Reuters reported. This allowed it the Southeast Asian nation to start resuming economic activity sooner than many other countries.
Vietnam suspended all commercial flights to and from China and stopped issuing visas for Chinese tourists in February after the first cases were detected in the country. A visa suspension for Chinese tourists is still in place.
Domestic tourism in Vietnam has now boomed in the absence of foreign arrivals. Chinese tourists accounted for a third of the 18 million foreign tourists visiting Vietnam last year. It was not immediately clear if passengers from China would be subject to Vietnam’s centralized 14-day quarantine program that is currently in place for visitors to the country.