Coordination of the flight was supported by AusCham, other Victorian universities and FLC Group (Bamboo Airways), as well as local accommodation providers in Vietnam, with strict safety requirements implemented at all stages.
The flight was operated on Bamboo Airways’ most modern and largest aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with all cabin crew adhering to strict COVID-19 regulations and fully equipped with medical protective gear.
All passengers tested negative against SARS-CoV-2 using the RT-PCR method three to seven days before the flight. They were required to complete pre-boarding health checks and medical declarations at Melbourne Airport, and wore face masks for the entire flight.
After landing in Vietnam, the passengers have been following local quarantine requirements, including completing more SARS-CoV-2 tests.
Professor Coloe thanked the Vietnamese Government, the People's Committee of Quang Ninh Province and the Vietnam Embassy in Australia for their strong collaboration to enable the safe return of RMIT students and staff.
For the RMIT students, completing the mandatory quarantine will allow them to return to campus in Vietnam in time to start the new semester.
With many students impacted by ongoing travel restrictions, RMIT has been working hard to minimise study disruptions, leveraging its global campuses to provide flexible study options and support services.
This has enabled students enrolled in RMIT programs in Australia but unable to travel to have access to student facilities on the Vietnam campuses.
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