The Government has approved the policy to arrange flights to bring Vietnamese people from Ukraine home.
|The Government has approved the policy to arrange flights to bring Vietnamese people from Ukraine home (Photo: VNA)|
Accordingly, with spirit of humanity and placing the highest priority to the protection of Vietnamese citizens, the Government allows the organisation of flights repatriating Vietnamese people and their familites, with the initial number of 900 Vietnamese people, who will depart from Polland, Romania or Moldova.
They will receive COVID-19 tests upon their arrival in Vietnam and take necessary medical measures in line with the Ministry of Health’s instruction.
The Government assigned the Ministry of Transport to take the major charge of arranging the flights, while the Ministry of Finance was asked to finance the flights.
As part of efforts to implement the Prime Minister’s direction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has worked with the Ministry of Transport to conduct two repatriation flights, one departing from Romania on March 7 and the other from Polland on March 8.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to coordinate with relevant agencies to continue to arrange flights to evacuate Vietnamese people and their family members from dangerous areas in Ukraine to neighbouring countries, and bring those who wish to return to Vietnam depending on the real situation and capacity of Vietnam.
In recent days, Vietnamese representative offices in Ukraine and neighbouring countries have coordinated closely with local authorities and Vietnamese associations in host countries to support the Vietnamese community to evacuate from war areas and provide them with temporary accommodations and essential necessities.
According to the offices, as of March 4, almost of Vietnamese people in Kiev and Odessa and hundreds of people in Kharkov had been evacuated to neighbouring countries. Of them, 370 had come to Romania, 200 had been on the way from Moldova to Romania, 600 from Ukraine had arrived in Polland, about 125 had reached to Hungary and about 40 had come to Slovakia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ group for citizen protection and representative offices are keepinng a close watch on the situation and recieving requests from Vietnamese people through citizen protection hotlines.
Vietnamese in Ukraine and neighbouring who need support or wish to flee from war areas can contact the ministry and representative offices in countries through following phone numbers:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 84-965411118, 84-981848484; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine: 380 (63) 8638999
Vietnamese Embassy in Russia: 79916821617
Vietnamese Embassy in Polland: 0048782257359
Vietnamese Embassy in Romania: 0040744645037
Vietnamese Embassy in Slovakia: 421 2 5245 1263, 421 915 419 568.
First flight repatriating Vietnamese in Ukraine to be conducted on March 6
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will conduct the first flight bringing Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine home on March 6 morning.
The flight will arrive in Romania and return to Vietnam at March 7 noon.
Trinh Hong Quang, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines, said that all necessary preparations and procedures have been completed for the plane to take off.
Earlier, Vietnam Airlines chose six localities around Ukraine with one-way trip from 9-14 hours, including Warsaw, Budapest, Bratislava, Moscow, Minsk, and Bucharest.
As the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines has pioneered and participated in many major government campaigns such as carrying home hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese citizens from more than 30 countries and territories amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, evacuating workers in Libya in 2011 and 2014, supporting Vietnamese people to return home during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and taking passengers out of Europe due to a volcanic eruption in 2010.
The spirit of solidarity, mutual love and mutual affection of Vietnamese compatriots in Ukraine and other countries shows precious Vietnamese traditions.