Vietnam Airlines has resumed regular flights to China, marking the airline’s return to service to the country after a period of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vietnam Airlines flight VN 502 departed from Ho Chi Minh City for China’s Guangzhou on December 9, marking the carrier’s first regular commercial flight between Vietnam and China in nearly three years.
As China has been easing its COVID-19 prevention and control measures, Vietnam Airlines has officially reopened several routes between the two countries to meet the travel demand of passengers. In the first phase, Vietnam Airlines will resume three routes to China, including Ho Chi Minh City to Guangzhou, Hanoi to Shanghai, and Ho Chi Minh City to Shanghai.
With the resumption of regular flights to China, Vietnam Airlines has restored services to most international destinations, bringing the number of flights operating across its international network to more than 600 flights per week, equal to 70% of the total number before the pandemic.
Vietnam Airlines has recommended that passengers consult the regulations officially announced by the Chinese Embassy regarding immigration procedures to ensure that they have the necessary documents and procedures, including a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure.
Before departing, passengers are required to submit a health declaration in order to obtain a health code. They must also wear N95 masks when entering China and follow the isolation regulations of the country’s authorities.