Airports overloaded as thousands of Vietnamese nationals return

VOV.VN - Over the past few days, airports across the country have become overloaded with flights bringing home thousands of Vietnamese nationals from abroad amid fears of the global novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

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At Noi Bai International Airport

As many as 78 flights carrying 1,000 passengers from Europe and 5,700 others from Southeast Asian nations, are scheduled to land in Vietnam on March 18, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. Most of them are Vietnamese nationals residing abroad.

Out of the 1,095 passengers travelling from the UK, France, and Germany, 999 were Vietnamese nationals, with the remainder coming from countries outside the Schengen area and the UK.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City is due to receive 43 flights in total, followed by Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi with 22 flights, Da Nang airport with seven flights, Cam Ranh Airport with two flights, Lien Khuong Airport with two flights, while the airports in Can Tho and Phu Quoc will only receive a single flight each.

With regards to the clearance of passengers at the airport, To Tu Ha, Deputy Director of Noi Bai International Airport, stated that travelers face undergoing more complicated procedures than usual due to the necessity of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

Aside from the usual formalities, passengers traveling on international flights to Noi Bai during this period will have to fill out health declaration forms, record test samples, while passengers coming from an area hit by the epidemic will be transferred to concentrated isolation zones.

Ha pointed out that despite border police, the Hanoi Center for Disease Control, and other relevant forces increasing their personnel on duty in an attempt to speed up the procedures, it is inevitable that the airports will be overloaded during peak times.

In response to these added waiting times, Ha said the airport will be providing free meals for passengers who are waiting to conduct entry procedures around noon and in the late afternoon.

Ha went on to advise passengers to closely monitor flight information on the notice screens located around terminals in order to keep informed regarding the necessary steps to take.

Previously on March 17, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had ordered the issuing of visas to be temporarily suspended for foreigners entering Vietnam for the next 30 days, starting from March 18.


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