Vietnamese representative agencies in foreign
countries are closely coordinating with international airlines and local
authorities to ensure health care as well as essential supplies for
Vietnamese stranded at international airports abroad.
Passengers are waiting for their flights at Suvarnabhumi
airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
Speaking at the ministry’s regular press conference
in Hanoi on March 26, spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Thi
Thu Hang said.the representative agencies have also helped the stranded
passengers seek temporary shelters and suitable flights to Vietnam.
According to the spokeswoman, from March 21-25, the
ministry requested the representative agencies to join hands with
authorities both at home and abroad to assist about 800 Vietnamese citizens
to fly home safely.
But there are still around 40 Vietnamese citizens
stuck at international airports in foreign countries, she added.
The complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic
have forced many countries and territories to restrict or stop international
flights, leaving a large number of Vietnamese citizens stranded at their
Therefore, the foreign ministry has continuously
updated Vietnamese abroad on relevant information and warned them against
travelling, especially trips to different countries and Vietnam.
Overseas Vietnamese have also been advised to
observe precautionary measures set by their host countries, keep themselves
updated on regulations of the countries and airlines, and prepare necessary
papers for flights, particularly health certificates, she said.
Those who lack essential papers or are subject to
changed regulations of foreign countries and territories, and airlines may
get stuck at international flights abroad. Hang said.
The foreign ministry has asked the representative
agencies to partner with competent agencies, international airports and
airlines in foreign countries to popularise Vietnam’s entry policy that
allows Vietnamese citizens to return home without any certificates by the
representative agencies, the spokeswoman stressed.
In case of emergency, it is recommended to contact
citizen protection hotlines posted on the websites of the Consular
Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Vietnamese
representative agencies abroad, or the citizen protection hotline, Hang
Also at the press conference, she said
no COVID-19 infections have been recorded among staff at Vietnamese
representative agencies abroad so far./.