Vietnamese citizens stranded in Sweden and Finland safely repatriated

VOV.VN - A Vietnam Airlines flight carrying a total of 310 Vietnamese citizens who had been left stranded in Sweden and Finland as a result of the novel coronavirus successfully touched down at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on June 6.

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Vietnamese Ambassador to Sweden Phan Dang Duong, wearing a black suit, takes a photo alongside Vietnamese citizens before they catch the flight to return home.

The flight was made up of citizens looking to return to the country in addition to those living in challenging circumstances. This includes adolescents, elderly people, sick people with underlying health issues, pregnant women, guest workers whose labour contracts had expired, and those who had been on legitimate business or holiday visas but had subsequently expired.

Onboard the flight were Vietnamese citizens from countries outside of Sweden and Finland too, including throughout Northern Europe such as Norway, Denmark, and Latvia, in addition to other European countries like Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, and the Czech Republic.

Due to travel restrictions and border closures being put in place as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the flight landed in the Swedish capital of Stockholm followed by the Finnish capital of Helsinki to collect the Vietnamese citizens.

Vietnamese representatives strived to collaborate closely with relevant agencies from both countries to organise the flight, creating favourable conditions for citizens to get to the airports, meeting the entry and exit requirements of both countries.

Vietnamese officials also came to each of the airports in order to assist the citizens with the necessary procedures required before the Vietnamese nationals boarded the plane.

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Ambassador Duong (fifth from left) poses for a photo with Vietnamese citizens.


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