Nearly 340 Vietnamese citizens have been brought home after being stranded in India due to travel restrictions caused by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
The repatriation was the result of coordination between Vietnamese and Indian authorities, Vietnamese representative offices in India, and national carrier Vietnam Airlines.
Passengers aboard the flight included children under the age of 18, the elderly, sick people, pregnant women, students, Buddhist monks, stranded tourists, and those whose visas had expired but could not leave the country.
Their flight landed at Can Tho International Airport, located in the Mekong Delta, on Wednesday morning.
All passengers and members of the flight crew were required to follow certain safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
After completing immigration procedures and filling out health declaration forms at the airport, the Vietnamese citizens were brought to a local quarantine camp for a mandatory 14-day isolation period.
Multiple flights have been operated over the past weeks to bring home Vietnamese citizens who had been stranded in other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 540 citizens were evacuated from the United States and Europe last weekend; their flights landed in Hanoi and the central city of Da Nang.
Vietnam will continue arranging for flights to bring home its citizens in the coming weeks, depending on the pandemic situation, the country’s quarantine capacity, and the demand for repatriation of Vietnamese citizens in foreign countries.
The number of COVID-19 patients in Vietnam remained at 324 as of Wednesday morning, with 264 having recovered. No deaths from the disease have been reported.
No new infections in the community have been documented in the Southeast Asian country for the past 34 days.