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Jul 17, 2020 / 06:46

Vietnam repatriates more than 13,000 citizens so far: Spokesperson

The repatriation has started from April 10 and all returnees need to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

Vietnam has brought home more than 13,300 citizens who were in need in different parts of the world amid the global health crisis.

 Vietnamese people on way home. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

“As many as 13,323 returnees who were stranded in many countries and territories have been back to homeland on 55 repatriation flights since April 10,” Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said at a press conference on July 16.

Hang said that since the spread of Covid-19 from the beginning of the year, many countries have imposed movement restrictions and suspended commercial flights, leaving a number of Vietnamese people stranded across the world.

For that reason, Vietnamese authorities have cooperated with foreign countries’ agencies and airlines to make repatriation flights possible. The repatriation has closely followed requirements on temperature screening and mandatory quarantine, Hang said in a statement.

She added that Vietnam would continue operating repatriation flights basing on demand and domestic quarantine capacity.

 Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: MOFA

Regarding cheats that may happen online to Vietnamese people who need to return home, the spokesperson said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Consular Department and overseas Vietnamese missions have publicized news and ticket buying procedures to provide official information on the repatriation.

With the registration for flights home, authorized agencies have a list of people in deed and the authorities themselves email each person involved.

“We advise Vietnamese people to closely follow instructions by the Vietnamese missions abroad and proceed with the ticket buying only when receiving email from those agencies,” Hang warned.

Earlier this month, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked government agencies to bring home another 14,000 Vietnamese citizens in the course of rising global infections of coronavirus.

The returnees will be those in the priority list: Children under 18, the elderly, the sick, laborers with expired contracts or no accommodation, students without dormitories, stranded tourists, and others of special cases.

In addition, the repatriation needs to meet requirements on safety and quarantine capacity.

All expenses for the 14-day quarantine in Vietnam are free of charge.