Nearly 350 citizens brought home from Australia, New Zealand hinh anh 1Passengers on Vietnam Airlines' flight (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly 350 Vietnamese nationals who had been stranded in Australia and New Zealand due to the COVID-19 pandemic were flown home safely on October 7.

The flight was arranged by Vietnamese authorities, Vietnamese representative offices in Australia and New Zealand, and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

Passengers on board included children under 18 years old, the elderly, pregnant women, workers whose labour contracts expired, students without accommodation due to dormitory closure and others in difficult circumstances.

The Vietnamese representative offices sent their staff to help the citizens with pre-departure procedures.

Security, safety and hygiene measures were rigorously taken during the flight to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, all the crew members and passengers were given medical check-ups and put under quarantine in line with current regulations.

In the time to come, more repatriation flights will be arranged to bring Vietnamese citizens home, depending on their demand and domestic quarantine capacity./.