|San Francisco International Airport.|
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and Vietnam’s representative offices in the US are actively joining hands to assist the Vietnam Airlines in clearing necessary procedures and looking for suitable options to bring Vietnamese citizens in the US back home at the earliest possible date, the foreign ministry said on May 3.
The ministry further said that implementing the Prime Minister’s instruction and those of Vietnamese authorities, the representative offices in the US have made a list of those in need for Vietnamese authorities to organise flights to bring them back home from the US.
However, as the procedures from the US side are related to various authorities, the Vietnam Airlines has not received sufficient licenses needed to conduct the flights as scheduled, it added.
As many of those citizens have moved to the San Francisco International Airport waiting to fly back to Vietnam, the Vietnamese General Consulate in San Francisco has sent many officials to the facility to help them.
The ministry advised them to keep calm and observe seriously the host authorities’ regulations and guidance by Vietnamese representative offices. In case they need help, they can contact the Vietnamese Embassy in the US at 001.202.716.8666/ 001.202.999.6938/ 001.202.999.6589, the Vietnamese General Consulate in San Francisco at 001.415.619.2951 or 001.415.319.5446, the Vietnamese General Consulate in Houston at 001.346.775.0555, or the Vietnamese Consular Department at +84.9220.127.116.11.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 66,000 people in the United States, has shuttered wide swaths of American life, closing many businesses and schools and leaving hundreds of millions largely sheltering at home.
|All the returnees must be placed in quarantine as soon as they land in the home country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.|
During the suspension of commercial routines between Vietnam and foreign countries due to the COVID-19, the Government has allowed the licensing of a number of single fights to bring home stranded overseas Vietnamese.
Under the Prime Minister’s directive, priority will be given to the elderly, the sick and people under 18.
Earlier, Vietnam had arranged various flights to repatriate overseas citizens. Most recently is the flight to return home nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Most of the passengers were children, students under 18, the elderly, the sick, holidaymakers, those with expired visas, and guestworkers who were forced to have a labour contract cut or take months off without pay./.
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