Vietnam reopens six commercial international air routes

September 21, 2020

The Vietnamese government on Tuesday (15th September, 2020) decided to reopen commercial air routes to six international destinations, and will allow passengers to undergo a shorter quarantine period than normally required if they test negative for COVID-19 twice. Accordingly, flights along the Vietnam-mainland China (Guangzhou), Vietnam-Japan (Tokyo), Vietnam-South Korea (Seoul), and Vietnam-Taiwan (Taipei) routes are resumed from 15th September, 2020, followed by the Vietnam-Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and Vietnam-Laos (Vientiane) from…


Life after lockdown in Vietnam: This is what it’s like when an entire country reopens

May 15, 2020

As the faint smell of smoke rose up from the sidewalk and into my bedroom, I jumped up and stepped out onto the balcony to survey the Hanoi streets. The owner of my building was burning joss paper (fake money) as an offering of good fortune to their ancestors. After a week with no new Covid-19 cases, Vietnam’s government had just eased its 22-day social distancing initiative, allowing some businesses…