No COVID-19 testing requirement for Vietnamese returning from Ukraine hinh anh 1Vietnamese people repatriating from Ukraine do not need to test for SARS-CoV-2  (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Health has instructed that Vietnamese people repatriating from Ukraine do not need to test for SARS-CoV-2 and have the confirmation of having been vaccinated against or having recovered from COVID-19 before boarding planes to Hanoi.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the ministry gave the instruction following the President’s conclusion at a meeting on March 5 regarding such repatriation given the current warfare in Ukraine.

The ministry considers bringing the citizens home a humanitarian, urgent, and priority work.

Per the instruction, throughout their journey, they have to seriously comply with the health body’s 5K message of khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering) and khai bao y te (health declaration).

Those on entry, except for children under two years old, are tested by health authorities or self-tested for the coronavirus within the first 24 hours after entering Vietnam at their places of stay. If the test results are negative, they will continue to monitor their health within 10 days from the date of arrival. If the result is positive, they must inform local health authorities immediately for further instruction.

The CAAV said it together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Transport are preparing two repatriation flights for Vietnamese in Ukraine. One of them operated by Vietnam Airlines carrying 283 Vietnamese passengers is scheduled to land in Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport on March 8, while the other by Bamboo Airways airway with 270 people on board will arrive the next day./.