|Vietnamese citizens are safely repatriated from Russia due to COVID-19 threat (Photo: VNA)
The flight was conducted with great support given by relevant Vietnamese and Russian agencies, in addition to national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.
The majority of passengers onboard the flight include minors under the age of 18, the elderly, individuals suffering from illnesses, pregnant women, workers with expired visas and contracts, students with no accommodation following the closure of their dormitories, and tourists who had been left stranded due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amid increasingly complicated developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia, the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia has been working in close co-ordination with local authorities in an effort to offer assistance to citizens with their moves from Vladivostok, Ekaterinburg, Saint Petersburg, and other provinces to the airport located in Moscow.
Moreover, the embassy also sent officials to the airport in a bid to support citizens when carrying out check-in procedures and to solve any issues arising before boarding.
Furthermore, Vietnam Airlines implemented a range of strict security, safety, and epidemiology measures during the flight to protect the health of passengers onboard whilst preventing the possible spread of the virus.
Immediately upon arrival at Can Tho International Airport, all passengers and crew members underwent medical check-ups and were subsequently placed into quarantine in line with set regulations.
Following instructions issued by the Prime Minister, Vietnamese agencies will continue to co-ordinate efforts with representative agencies abroad and domestic airlines in order to conduct similar flights aimed at returning Vietnamese nationals home during the coming months.