The majority of the passengers on board the flight include those under the age of 18, pregnant women, students left stranded by the closure of their accommodation, tourists, migrant workers whose visas and employment contracts expired, the elderly, and sick people.
As Russia is imposing a curfew due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia instructed its citizens to carry out all necessary procedures while collaborating with relevant Russian agencies to facilitate their travel to the airport.
Moreover, the embassy also sent officials to the airport to offer direct support to citizens as they conducted boarding procedures.
Vietnam Airlines took strict preventive measures against the novel coronavirus during the journey to ensure the health of travelers. All returnees underwent a medical examination and were transported to concentrated quarantine facilities immediately after the plane landed safely at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh province in line with current health regulations.
Additional flights will be arranged in the near future to bring home Vietnamese citizens currently in other countries depending on developments regarding the pandemic, domestic quarantine capacity, and demand from Vietnamese citizens overseas.