South Africa: Evacuation Flights to Take Stranded Foreigners Home

A South African Airways Airbus landing at Munich Airport (file photo).
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Despite the start of the evacuation flights from SA, hundreds of South Africans still stranded aboard remain uncertain if they will be able to come home soon.

At least 19 SAA evacuation flights are set to start departing from South Africa on Friday 3 April and to continue for the next few weeks, carrying about 7,000 stranded Germans, Belgians, other Europeans and Brazilians back home.

This follows Tuesday's easing of travel restrictions imposed a week ago to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Nine flights are scheduled to fly to Frankfurt, eight to Munich and one each to Brussels and Sao Paulo, from Johannesburg and Cape Town, according to SAA.

The Canadian government is also believed to be negotiating with SAA for a charter flight to repatriate its stranded nationals. And several other evacuation flights of foreigners from SA are planned.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 3 April, the second evacuation flight bringing stranded South Africans home landed at OR Tambo International Airport from Doha, carrying eight people. They went straight into at least 14 days of quarantine, as had another eight South Africans, four couples who flew in on Wednesday on an Emirates Airways flight from Dubai. They had been stranded...

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