British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th June 2020.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many repatriation flights his Department has arranged during the covid-19 pandemic; and how many people have been repatriated on those flights.

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 as of 9 June delivered a programme of 183 charter flights from places where commercial options are no longer viable. These flights have brought over 37,700 people from 52 countries and territories, back to UK airports in the East Midlands, London and Manchester.

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