“The infection rate is falling, which means it’s time to expand the destinations available to our Russian airlines,” the Russian news agency said. TASS quoted Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Saturday.

Besides Vietnam, the list includes Algeria, Argentina, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia , North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, TASS reported.

Russia imposed travel restrictions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 to slow the spread of the virus, but then began easing restrictions as infection rates improved.

Vietnam resumed regular flights to and from Russia in January after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19.

Vietnam Airlines, the only Vietnamese carrier serving Russia, suspended Hanoi-Moscow flights on March 24 amid an escalating Russian-Ukrainian war and has yet to resume service.