November 16, 2020
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[Covid 19] Beware of Trick Selling Air Tickets to Bring Vietnamese Citizens Home?

Vietnam is currently allowing the entry of certain groups of passengers who come from certain countries around the world. These include Vietnamese citizens who wanted to return home. Since flights to Vietnam are very limited at the moment, the government has to arrange special flights to take these people home. These flights would come from countries with very low infection rates such as South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

Those who wanted to take these flights home should be careful when booking their flights. That’s because the Aviation Administration of Vietnam has received reports about agencies tricking passengers into buying flight tickets from foreign airline companies. In line with this, they have asked the Ministry of Public Security to verify fraudulent sales on airline tickets that are targeting Vietnamese citizens who wanted to go home.

Self-pay Isolation at Hotels

Aside from booking the airline tickets, Vietnamese nationals who wanted to return home during this time should also book for self-pay isolation at certified hotels. That’s because all arriving passengers will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Vietnam. This is to make sure that the virus will not spread. In addition, the government will only allow the entry of a maximum of 3,300 citizens per week, divided among four International airports.

The cost of isolation will depend on the type of hotel that you will book. You can choose from 2-star, 3-star, or 4-star hotels. This will already include three meals per day. While on isolation, local medical staff will come to check your health status.

Beware of Buying Airline Tickets

It’s unfortunate to know that there are some people who are taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic by tricking people into buying airline tickets in order to gain profit out of it. Some of these flights are not even in existent.

According to recent reports, Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority received feedback from passengers regarding the expensive sale of airline tickets. Some of these flights are from foreign airlines offering to bring Vietnamese locals home. However, Vietnam’s Dept. of Aviation has confirmed that they have not given any foreign airline a license to perform such flight. They have also contacted the foreign airlines involved, and they denied having such flights. Therefore, any airline ticket that’s being sold by foreign airline companies is a fraud.

Agents Selling Fake Airline Tickets

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has asked the country’s Ministry of Public Security to verify reports of fake tickets and to take appropriate measures to protect Vietnamese citizens wanting to go home during this time of the pandemic.

Earlier, Vietnamese Airlines has also discovered several people pretending to be a representative of the airline and asked them to pay an expensive amount of money for a return flight home. But the airline would like to clarify that they will only conduct flights at the request of the Vietnamese Government.

Vietnam Airlines Flight Schedules

In order to make sure that you are buying a flight ticket that you can use, it is best to book only from Vietnam Airlines and find out the actual flight schedules. According to the Consular Department, that’s supporting Vietnamese citizens who are returning home, they will be arranging several flights that will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, from November 1,2 020 until December 31, 2020.

The schedule of the departure time will be regularly updated and posted at the website of the Consular Dept. of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs : lanhsuvietnam.gov.vn; Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport : mt.gov.vn; Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam : caa.gov.vn or official website of the airlines.

Beware of Fake Emails

Some of those people selling fake tickets would lure customers by sending them emails. The subjects of the email are very similar to a legit email. They will make it appear that the email came from the airline itself or the Vietnamese consulate of the host country. These fake emails are targeted at Vietnamese citizens who are planning to go home to Vietnam soon and are looking for information on how they can book their flight ticket.

The email will tell the recipient that he or she is lucky enough to be selected as part of the priority group that will be transported back to Vietnam on commercial flights. To make the person believe, they will include details of the flight including a fictitious flight number. They will also include price details, which are often very expensive. Then they will encourage the recipient to book the ticket immediately and make a payment since flights are very limited.

But the payment will be deposited to a personal bank account and the ticket that will be sent is not real. Most of these tickets will cost around 10 to 20 million VND and they will urge the recipient to send payment within three days to guarantee a seat on the flight.

For further inquiries, please feel free to contact us : info@vietnamimmigration.org

 

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