Aircraft owned by Vietnamese organisations or individuals and those lease-purchased or leased without crews for 24 months or longer must be registered as Vietnamese to operate in Vietnam.
This rule will go into effect on October 1. The registration must be made within six months of importing the aircraft into Vietnam. The requirements were noted in the recently released Government Decree No 68 on the registration of nationality of and rights to aircraft.
The Decree prescribes the registration and deregistration of nationality of and rights to aircraft; grant of codes for registration and deregistration of international interests for Vietnamese nationality aircraft; and irrevocable deregistration and export request authorisation.
The new regulations do not apply to military aircraft, special-use aircraft for customs and public security forces and other aircraft used for performing state tasks, except those used for civil purposes.
Under the Decree, to be eligible for the registration of Vietnamese nationality, the aircraft must not bear the nationality of any other country or have had the nationality of a foreign country deregistered.
It must also have all the valid paperwork to prove aircraft ownership or the right to possession of the aircraft under lease or lease-purchase terms. In addition, it must meet the requirements on age of the used aircraft (if any) and must satisfy the law-prescribed conditions and requirements related to ensuring national defence and security, aviation safety and security and environmental protection.
This Decree replaces Decrees No 70/2007/ND-CP of April 20, 2007, and No. 50/2012/ND-CP of June 11, 2012.