Vietnamese citizens provided free food (Photo: vov.vn)
The majority of returnees on the flight include minors under the age of 18, the elderly, sick individuals, pregnant women, students without accommodation due to the closure of their schools and dormitories, Buddhists who had been attending training courses in India, tourists, and migrant workers, all of whom had been left stranded due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
With India moving to impose a nationwide lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Vietnamese Embassy in New Delhi along with Vietnam’s Consulate General based in Mumbai swiftly instructed citizens on how to carry out all necessary procedures.
These steps were taken whilst actively co-ordinating efforts alongside local authorities to facilitate the transport of Vietnamese citizens to the airport.
In addition, the Vietnamese embassy in New Delhi sent staff in order to directly assist citizens as they finalized all necessary procedures before being granted permission to board.
As a means of ensuring the safety of everyone onboard the flight, the journey saw a strict range of measures enforced, with passengers receiving a medical check-up and being quarantined upon arrival at Can Tho International Airport in line with regulations.
Under the Prime Minister’s direction, the nation will continue to arrange flights that are capable of returning Vietnamese citizens home depending on the future developments of the COVID-19, the varying quarantine capacity of Vietnamese localities, and demand among Vietnamese nationals living abroad./.