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British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th April 2020.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Conservative, Clwyd West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to assist the repatriation of British merchant seafarers stranded overseas as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The British Government's position on welfare was reiterated to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at the start of this crisis, and we will continue to uphold the highest standards for our seafarers. Where vessel operators request assistance to repatriate their employees, the British Government stands ready to work as quickly as possible to help those who may need rapid consular assistance.

FCO and DFT continue to work closely to ensure the safety and wellbeing of BN crew members. Operators are repatriating non-essential Crew and we have recently supported in country to ensure crew are able to disembark in Europe and the US.

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