More than 340 Vietnamese citizens were repatriated on Friday and Saturday after being stranded in Canada due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Vietnamese authorities, the Embassy of Vietnam in Canada, and national carrier Vietnam Airlines had coordinated with Canadian agencies to arrange the flight, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
Passengers included children under 18, elderly people, workers with expired working contracts, students who had completed their study, and stranded tourists.
This was the fourth flight arranged by the Vietnamese government to bring home citizens from Canada since April.
Employees of the Vietnamese embassy in Canada were tasked with assisting the citizens at the airport in Toronto.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, security, safety, and hygiene measures were strictly implemented during the flight.
All passengers and flight crew members were brought to quarantine center upon their arrival.
Over 190 Vietnamese citizens including the elderly, pregnant women, people with illnesses, stranded tourists, workers with expired labour contracts, and students without accommodations due to school closures, were also repatriated from Japan on the same days.
They were all quarantined after landing at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
Under the direction of the prime minister, relevant domestic bodies and Vietnamese representative agencies abroad are drawing up plans to bring Vietnamese citizens home when domestic quarantine capacity permits.