Over 340 Vietnamese return home safely from US hinh anh 1Vietnamese people line up in front of the Vietnamese Embassy's citizen support area at Washington Dulles International Airport before getting on the plane to come home (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 340 Vietnamese citizens were repatriated safely from Washington DC on a flight that landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on May 16.

The flight was arranged by Vietnamese authorities, the country’s representative agencies in the US, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and relevant agencies of the US.

The passengers include elderly people, those with illnesses, people under 18, students without accommodation due to school closures, those stranded because of flight suspension, and some with particularly disadvantaged backgrounds. They were from various states in the US.

The Vietnamese Embassy had sent staff to assist the citizens before they got on the plane.

After arriving at Noi Bai airport, all the passengers and flight crew immediately received health check-ups and were sent to quarantine facilities under regulations.

In the time ahead, Vietnamese authorities, overseas representative bodies and airlines will organise more flights to bring Vietnamese expatriates home basing on COVID-19 developments in the country and the world, the citizens’ aspirations, and local quarantine capacity./.