The first flight to pilot vaccine passports landed at Van Don airport
This afternoon, September 4, Van Don airport successfully welcomed the first “vaccine passport” pilot flight from Japan with guests holding a “vaccine passport,” piloting 7-day medical isolation.
On September 4, at 1:30 p.m., Van Don airport (Quang Ninh province) welcomed the first flight to pilot the 7-day medical isolation program with passengers carrying “Vaccine passports.” The Covid-19 vaccine must be administered to all citizens on the flight.
Flight VN5311, carrying 297 Vietnamese citizens from Japan, landed safely at Quang Ninh’s Van Don International Airport.
This is the first flight to test the Ministry of Health’s 7-day medical isolation program; all passengers on the flight must meet two requirements. First, a full dose of the Covid-19 vaccine must be administered (the last dose must be administered within at least 14 days and not more than 12 months by the time of entry). Second, have a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result (by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method) within 72 hours of departure that has been certified by the host country’s competent authority.
After landing at Van Don Airport, the passenger was transferred to the Novotel Ha Long hotel in Quang Ninh for a 7-day concentrated medical isolation (shortened by 7 to 14 days compared to the normal process, depending on the variant strain of Covid-19 where the passenger exits). The entire process of picking up passengers at the airport and transporting them to the isolated location is carried out professionally and orderly, in strict accordance with the direction of the Government and the guidance of the Ministry of Health, ensuring absolute safety for all passengers and flight service forces here.
Pham Ngoc Sau, Director of Van Don International Airport, stated that the process of picking up passengers at the airport still adheres to the airport’s long-standing epidemic prevention standards. As a result of the epidemic and the risks of new strains spreading, the airport has increased the level of safety measures to prevent and control the epidemic to the highest level.
Passengers arriving at the airport will have their temperature checked, must make a medical declaration, and will go through immigration and customs procedures in a separate area. Passengers are also advised to wear masks and maintain a safe distance. Specialized disinfectants are used to clean both hand luggage and checked baggage.
At the same time, the station area and passenger flow are sprayed with disinfectant and disinfection; airport employees participating in welcoming these pilot flights must strictly adhere to epidemic prevention rules such as: wearing specialized masks, standard protective gear, maintaining a safe distance from customers, and performing continuous disinfection.
Mr. Pham Ngoc Sau confirmed, “Flights bringing international passengers back to Vietnam using a 7-day medical isolation pilot will lay the groundwork for further expansion to those with travel needs.” Those are compatriots from epidemic areas around the world who want to return home, as well as businessmen and experts… When the epidemic is under control, plans are being made to gradually restore domestic flight routes and resume trade. This is also consistent with the step-by-step process of adjusting to the “new normal” while preventing the epidemic and maintaining trade and economic activity.
Thus, with the experience and safety procedures in welcoming hundreds of “rescue flights” over the last two years, Van Don airport is the first place that the Government has trusted to take on the responsibility of welcoming pilot flights 7-day medical isolation point for eligible passengers. Following the first pilot flights, the Government and the province of Quang Ninh will evaluate and learn from the experience before broad deployment. The next flight from the United States is expected to arrive at Van Don Airport on September 12.
From February 2020 to September 4, 2021, Van Don airport has served 228 flights with 45,872 passengers returning home from epidemic areas in the world, and foreign experts coming to Vietnam to work with the strict epidemic prevention program has been appraised by the Quang Ninh Department of Health.