Vietnam citizens in Bangladesh, other South Asian countries return home

Diplomatic correspondent

3rd July, 2020 12:03:43 printer

Vietnam citizens in Bangladesh, other South Asian countries return home

A total of 200 Vietnamese citizens stranded in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, due to lockdown and international flights suspension meant to curb the spread of coronavirus, repatriated to Vietnam early Friday.

Vietnamese Embassy to Bangladesh, in coordination with the Vietnamese Embassy in Sri Lanka, the local authorities and VietJet Air organised the repatriation flight, said a press release issued by Vietnam embassy in Dhaka.

The special chartered Flight VJ5967 of VietJet Air departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka at 2:30am, airport officials said.

Citizens on the flight included children, students who completed their courses but were facing trouble with accommodation, the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, businessmen and workers with expired contracts and stranded travelers, the statement reads.

The flight had stareted from Ha Noi and landed in Sri Lanka and then Bangladesh to repatriate their citizens in South Asia.

Vietnamese citizens in Bhutan and Nepal chartered a transit flight to Dhaka, while those in the Maldives flew to Sri Lanka to join the repatriation flight to Vietnam.

A group of 14 Vietnamese students studying in the Asian University of Women (AUW) in Chattogram traveled by road to Dhaka for the flight.

The flight also brought some Bangladeshi citizens stuck in Vietnam back to Bangladesh.