European Union External Action

EU-coordinated repatriation of EU citizens from Vietnam

06/04/2020 - 13:43
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Since mid-March, the EU Delegation to Vietnam is liaising with the authorities and is actively supporting and coordinating the member states in the organization of repatriation flights. So far, the EU Civilian Protection Mechanism (UCPM) has facilitated five repatriation flights operated by Austria, Czechia, Germany and Lithuania, for more than 1,500 EU travellers.

 

On 18 March, the HR/VP had a call with the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. Following this call, the local EU Delegation, together with different Member States consulates, organised a flight for EU citizens stranded in Vietnam.

Thanks to a flight set up under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, close to 300 European Union citizens managed on the 25th of March to fly from Hanoi to Prague. The EU delegation in Hanoi helped the authorities of the Czech Republic in coordinating the humanitarian charter flight that allowed the repatriation of around 200 Czech citizens and 80 citizens of other member states.

On 31st March 2020, another flight left Ho Chi Minh City for Kaunas via Bangkok. The flight was co-sponsored by the European Union and Lithuania, under the Union Civilian Protection Mechanism (UCPM). Nearly 300 Lithuanians and other EU Member States citizens are now on their way home.

On April 6, Germany has repatriated 330 Germans and EU citizens from Hanoi to Frankfurt, with the support of the EU Civilian Protection Mechanism (UCPM). A second flight is due to departure on April 8.

So far, the UCPM has facilitated five repatriation flights operated by Austria, Czechia, Germany and Lithuania, for more than 1,500 EU travellers.

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