VOV.VN - National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, in co-ordination with competent Vietnamese agencies in Europe, North America, and Africa, conducted repatriation flights on November 29 and November 30 to bring home roughly 350 Vietnamese citizens left stranded abroad by the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The majority of passengers onboard the flights were minors under the age of 18, pregnant women, the elderly, people suffering from underlying health conditions, guest workers whose labour contracts had expired, students who have completed their courses but who have no accommodation, and other cases facing difficulties.
Various Vietnamese representative offices in the host countries worked closely alongside relevant agencies in an effort to facilitate the travel of citizens whilst assisting them with all necessary procedures prior to their departure.
Furthermore, Vietnam Airlines also strictly implemented a number of security, safety, and epidemiological measures during the flights as a means of ensuring the health of passengers and to prevent the possible spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Most notably, all crew members and passengers were required to comply with mandatory health quarantine procedures before being transferred to quarantine facilities in accordance with COVID-19 prevention and control regulations upon arrival.
Moving forward, Vietnamese agencies are arranging similar flights in the near future to bring home more citizens who have been left stranded overseas due to COVID-19. These flights will be in accordance with demand from Vietnamese nationals as well as the country’s epidemic situation and quarantine capacity.
Moreover, competent agencies from both the nation and Indonesia worked alongside the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia and budget airline VietJet Air on November 29 to organise a flight to bring home 90 Vietnamese citizens, including minors under the age of 18, pregnant women, the elderly, and other special cases.