Bamboo Airways on September 15 brought home close to 380 Vietnamese citizens who had been left stranded in the Republic of Korea (RoK) as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The repatriation flights were conducted following collaboration between Vietnamese and Korean authorities, along with the Vietnamese Embassy in the host nation.
Passengers onboard the flight were minors under the age of 18, the elderly, and people suffering underlying health illnesses, students without accommodation due to the closure of their dormitories, stranded tourists, guest workers with expired labour contracts, and others facing a number of challenging circumstances.
Ahead of the flight, the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK dispatched staff to the airport in an effort to assist citizens with necessary procedures ahead of their departure.
In order to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, a range of disease prevention measures were taken during the journey. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport all members of the flight crew and passengers underwent heath checkups and were immediately placed into quarantine in line with regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
Moving forward Vietnamese authorities and overseas missions are striving to arrange additional repatriation flights aimed at bringing home more Vietnamese citizens in the near future. Indeed, the schedule of future flights is likely to depend on both demand and the local quarantine capacity.VOV