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British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th May 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish (a) the countries from which charter flights have been commissioned by the Government to repatriate British citizens and (b) the (i) date, (ii) starting location and (iii) final destination of each such charter flight.

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

British travellers who need and want to return to the UK is one of the Government's highest priorities. Since the outbreak in Wuhan, we estimate that over 1.3 million people have returned to the UK via commercial routes - the majority supported by our work to keep vital routes open. Since the Foreign Secretary announced £75m to support repatriation efforts on 30 March, the Government has so far delivered a programme of over 150 charter flights from where commercial options are no longer viable. These flights have brought over 31,000 travellers, from 27 countries and territories, back to UK airports in the East Midlands, London and Manchester.

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