First direct flight repatriated Vietnamese citizens from Czech Republic

A Bamboo Airways plane brought home 290 Vietnamese citizens from the Czech Republic on November 21 and 22 as part of the government’s policy to repatriate citizens stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vietnamese Embassy in the host country sent staff to the airport to assist the Vietnamese citizens with boarding procedures. 

The passengers included children under 18, the elderly, the illnesses, students who completed their studies, workers with expired contracts, and others in extremely disadvantaged circumstances.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Thai Xuan Dung, said the flight take off from Prague carrying Vietnamese citizens from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Austria.

"This flight paved the way for the implementation of a joint governmental agreement in the operation of a direct flight between Hanoi and Prague right after the pandemic is under control. This will facilitate travel needs between the two countries as well as trade, economic, investment and tourism while raising bilateral ties to a new height in the context of the Vietnam EU Free Trade Agreement,” said Ambassador Dung.

The Vietnamese Embassy also sent staff to the airport to assist the Vietnamese citizens with boarding procedures.

In-flight safety and preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic were rigorously enforced to protect the passengers’ health and prevent the spread of the disease.

Upon arrival at the Can Tho international airport in the Mekong Delta city of the same name, all passengers and crew members received medical check-ups and were sent to quarantine in line with regulations.

Government is making good on its pledge that “no one will be left behind” as it repatriates hundreds of Vietnamese citizens from all over the world.

The repatriation of Vietnamese citizens in disadvantaged circumstances abroad will continue to be conducted in line with their wishes, the developments of the pandemic, and quarantine capacity in Vietnam.

Phuong Nguyen