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India: Coronavirus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people have (a) registered for and (b) been allocated seats on repatriation flights from India as at 7 May 2020.

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

As of 19 May, over 14,900 British travellers have been allocated seats on 64 flights from India since 8 April. Together, these flights will have carried almost all of those in India who registered, are eligible and took up the option of a flight when given the chance to do so. Those British nationals who are unable to travel are being supported by our consular teams in India. We do not have any further charter flights planned, though we continue to keep this under review.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is working around the clock, through our Posts overseas and in London, to make sure all British people who need help are receiving the support and information they need. As of 19 May, we have now brought home over 32,000 people on 155 flights organised by the Foreign Office from 29 countries and territories.

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