South Africa: Coronavirus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th May 2020.

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Photo of Alberto Costa Alberto Costa Conservative, South Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to introduce additional repatriation flights for British citizens stranded in South Africa.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The British Government has helped 2,058 British nationals on ten charter flights return to the UK from South Africa. The British High Commission in Pretoria made British nationals in South Africa aware of these flights through the FCO's Travel Advice, social media, and appearances by the High Commissioner in local media. We are still working through future plans, identifying where needs are greatest, and where charter flights will have the greatest impact on vulnerable British nationals overseas.

The British High Commission in South Africa is working hard to ensure that British nationals who remain in South Africa are safe and getting the support they need.

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