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Asian destinations opening up post-covid

Restrictions on travel to two of our most popular S.E. Asia destinations have been eased with the announcement of flights being resumed to Vietnam and quarantine rules being loosened in Singapore.

Vietnam has allowed commercial flights again for passengers and Vietnam Airlines has officially restored their international flights.

Details on flight routes have been updated on their website and mobile app. Passengers can now book to and from Vietnam just like before.

Also between now and June 30 Vietnam Airlines are allowing free rebooking for all international flight tickets (click here for further details).

“We’re glad to welcome you again on our flights and wish to always accompany you on the journey of exploring gorgeous sceneries, as well as beautiful cultures all around the world,” they said in a press release.

That said, the Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website is advising caution if you are planning to travel there.

“Vietnam has re-opened its borders to all foreign travellers who meet visa and health requirements,” the website said in a March 18 update.

“To travel to Vietnam you must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of departure to Vietnam. Alternatively, you can have evidence of a negative rapid antigen test, administered by a medical professional, within 24 hours of departure to Vietnam.

“All COVID cases and close contacts will need to isolate. Travel around the country may be challenging. Entry and social distancing measures vary between provinces. These measures may change at short notice and may impact your ability to travel and access essential services.”

While there, visitors should follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the Australian Embassy’s social media for major updates.

Meanwhile Fully vaccinated travellers from all countries can enjoy quarantine-free travel into Singapore on any flight for any purpose, including leisure travel, without any on-arrival test.

In line with the Singapore government’s announcement to simplify the travel protocols for entry into the country, Singapore Airlines will no longer designate Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from 1 April 2022. Existing customers who are currently booked on a VTL flight on or after 1 April 2022 may travel as planned, with no changes required to be made to their booking.

All travellers must still take a pre-departure test and meet prevailing visa requirements to enter Singapore. Short-term visitors must also purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000 for Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs, prior to travel to Singapore.

Meanwhile Singapore Airlines is offering heavily discounted flights to encourage passengers back on to their planes. And they are offering unlimited changes to your bookings made before May 31and one additional change after 31 May 2022.

All of the above information is subject to change at short notice and when planning your trips overseas, check with the Smart Traveller website as well as the individual airlines’ sites.

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