Vietnamese stuck at Thai airport get help

Monday, 2020-04-06 15:36:23
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The group of Vietnamese citizens stranded at Bangkok’s Survanabhumi International Airport receive food and other necessities from the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand has been closely coordinating with authorities of both countries to bring home a group of Vietnamese citizens stranded at a Thai airport because of COVID-19-triggered travel restrictions.

According to the embassy, a group of five Vietnamese nationals from Burkina Faso have been trying to find a way home for more than two weeks after getting on board an Ethiopia Airlines flight on March 21.

They transited Ethiopia and arrived at Bangkok’s Survanabhumi International Airport in Thailand on March 25, where they were scheduled to catch a connecting flight to Hanoi the same day. However, the group missed it and could not get another flight home because none was available.

They have been repeatedly refused entry by Thai authority for not being able to present evidence of negative testing for the SARS-CoV-2 that cause COVID-19 as well as a health insurance covering at least US$100,000.

The situation has become worse after Thailand declared a state of emergency on March 26 to contain the spread of the virus, introducing more rigorous restrictions including the closing of all border crossings and ban of entry of all foreigners.

The Vietnamese embassy has been actively working with Thai authorities to seek a proper solution for the stranded people. It has provided them with food and other necessities and helped them file a request to Thai authorities requiring not to be sent back to Ethiopia.

On April 5, many Vietnamese expats in Thailand donated food and necessary supplies to these people in response to the call of the embassy.

The embassy advised Vietnamese citizens worldwide to not select Thailand as a transit destination to avoid such situation and recommended Vietnamese in Thailand to strictly comply with local preventive measures against the widely-spreading disease.