Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥), deputy commander of the the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), said during the center’s daily press briefing on the COVID-19 conoravirus that it is difficult for even Vietnamese to return to their country because of that country’s requirements for anyone entering the country.
According to Chen, both of Taiwan’s major carriers — China Airlines and EVA Airways — have been only able to carry passengers from destinations in Vietnam to Taiwan, but not the other way around.
Taiwan only faces difficulties on this issue when it comes to Vietnam, since Thailand and Indonesia have both recently agreed to take back their countrymen caught working illegally in Taiwan, Chen said.
According to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) Travel Center website, which lists updated travel restrictions for each country, passengers have not been allowed to enter Vietnam unless they are on diplomatic or official duties, or are categorized as experts, business managers or highly skilled workers, as of Friday.
Vietnam also requires airlines to contact the Vietnamese diplomatic representative agency in the local country in advance for transportation of nationals of Vietnam returning to their home country, according to information on the IATA website.
Source: Focus Taiwan
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