MIAMI – Vietnam imposes more stringent entry restrictions in Hanoi (HAN) effective Tuesday, June 1, amid a new COVID-19 variant surge, a mix of the British and Indian virus strains, which also affects Ho Chi Minh City and the country industrial areas.

Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN), which serves Ho Chi Minh City as well as the rest of southeastern Vietnam, is the busiest airport in Vietnam with almost 40 million passengers pre-pandemic.

According to Reuters, the restrictions are not new for the country as the country imposed similar measures on arrivals of foreign visitors from the beginning of the pandemic. As per the French newspaper Le Parisien, no mention is made of the effects the new restrictions will have on domestic flights while the Civil Aviation Authority indicated that international departures would be maintained.

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Compulsory Quarantene

The second-largest city in Vietnam, SGN, was already under severe entry restrictions since last week, expected to be lifted Fiday June 4, but the Vietnamese Civil Aviation Authority has extended the measure up to June 14. A compulsory quarantine must be observed by all travelers entering Vietnam.

"A temporary suspension of incoming international flights will go into effect on June 1 at midnight and will be in effect until June 7 at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport." Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority Click To Tweet

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