Approval given to organize repatriation flights for Vietnamese leaving Ukraine | Society

Illustrative photo. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh gave his approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Transport on the development of repatriation flights for Vietnamese living in Ukraine and their families on March 7 and 9.

Deputy Prime Minister Minh instructed the Ministry of Finance to allocate funds for the flights and the Ministry of Health was instructed to provide instructions on COVID-19 prevention rules during the
repatriation of Vietnamese citizens.

As of 5 p.m. on March 6, more than 2,600 Vietnamese nationals had been evacuated from war-torn areas in Ukraine by Vietnamese missions in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Of these, more than 1,700 were transferred to Poland, some 290 to Hungary, nearly 600 to Romania and more than 40 to Slovakia.

Vietnamese missions helped people complete the legal procedures required to enter these third countries and cooperated with local authorities and Vietnamese associations to provide them with temporary accommodation, food and other necessities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) worked with relevant ministries and agencies and airlines to take off the repatriation flight from Romania on March 7 and the other from Poland on March 9.

The first, operated by national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, departed from Hanoi to Romania around noon on March 7. It is expected to return to Hanoi the next morning, bringing home 283 Vietnamese from Bucharest.

The second of Bamboo Airways will fly to Warsaw, Poland, on March 9 to repatriate some 270 citizens. He must land in Hanoi the next morning.

The Civil Aviation Authority plans to organize an additional flight to Bucharest on March 10 on the proposal of the Consular Department of MOFA.

Hanoi’s health ministry has agreed to waive the requirement for negative COVID-19 tests or certification of COVID-19 vaccination for Vietnamese leaving Ukraine before their return flight departs.

However, returnees are required to strictly adhere to 5K and other COVID-19 preventive rules set by the Ministry of Health during their trip. They must also contact a medical post closest to their home to carry out a medical follow-up and a screening test for COVID-19 in accordance with the regulations in force./.

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