Vietnam to tighten security checks on flights to Japan ahead of Olympics
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Passengers at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, 2020. Photo by Reuters.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam required relevant agencies to enhance security screening measures for flights to Japan, set to host international sporting events.
Stricter security measures are to be implemented from next Thursday to Aug. 10 and from Aug. 22 to Sept. 7, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV)stated.
The move followed a request from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on the implementation of enhanced security measures on flights heading to Japan as it is preparing to host international sports events like the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.
CAAV ordered airport security to strictly carry out random-checks on 10 percent of passengers and carry-on luggage after the first security procedure in an effort to prevent terrorism.
There should be 10 percent random inspections of check-in baggage, CAAV urged.
Airports were asked to increase the frequency of security surveillance and regularly update the situation, assess risks and promptly apply additional measures if necessary. They should immediately report to the CAAV any information threatening aviation security.
Currently, domestic carriers are still operating one-way flights from Vietnam to Japan, carrying passengers wishing to work, study or stay in the country.
From July 1, travelers from Vietnam will undergo three-day quarantine at government-designated facilities. They will be required to undergo a test on the third day before leaving quarantine, and cannot use public transportation for two weeks after arrival except for designated trains, taxis and rented cars.
The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to Aug. 8. and the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 5.