Colombia Coordinating Humanitarian Repatriation Flights For Citizens Stranded Abroad
Colombia’s Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Transportation and Migration Colombia have been coordinating efforts to arrange humanitarian flights allowing the return to Colombia of citizens that have been stranded abroad due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
To date the Colombian government has arranged 60 humanitarian flights, returning over 7,200 Colombian nationals to the country, and says it expects at least 1,000 more this week. Last week between Sunday and Tuesday, around 900 Colombians returned to the country.
All Colombians arriving in the coming days must comply with the mandatory isolation measure in the city of Bogotá, under penalty of administrative and criminal sanctions for non-compliance.
In the comping weeks, Colombians are taking advantage of return flights from countries such as: Honduras, Guatemala, South Africa, Belgium, United States, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Aruba, Italy, among others .
According to the government, flights already scheduled are as follows:
June 4: Honduras / Guatemala
June 4: Brazil / South Africa
June 5: Panama
June 5: Los Angeles
June 6: Ecuador
June 6: Chicago
June 7: Miami
June 7: Mexico
June 8: Argentina
June 8: Spain
June 9: Canada
June 9: Chile
June 10: United States
June 10: Mexico
June 11: United States
June 11: Belgium / Netherlands / Luxembourg
June 12: United States
June 12: Peru
June 13: Mexico
June 13: Italy
June 14: Ecuador
June 14: United Kingdom
June 15: Spain
June 15: Aruba / Curaçao
Last week flights arrived from New York, Orlando, Spain and Mexico, and this week, flights are scheduled to arrive from Peru, Argentina and Italy.
Chancellor Claudia Blum clarified that according to the established protocol, these types of flights are operated by commercial airlines and that the cost of the air fare is assumed by each of the traveler, who must have previously registered with their respective Colombian Consulates to qualify for these humanitarian flights.
Minister of Transportation Angela María Orozco, pointed out that these flights comply with strict protocols and biosecurity measures in all air terminals, while Juan Francisco Espinosa, Director of Migration Colombia stressed that prior to entering the country, the group of Colombians must fill out the ‘Preventive Control Against Coronavirus’ form, through the website of Migration Colombia, then once they land in Colombia, they will be assessed by the health authorities three times prior to the immigration control process.
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