While some foreign nationals stranded in SA will start going back to their home countries today, more South Africans stuck abroad are also getting the opportunity to come home.
The first repatriation charter flights for UK and US nationals stranded in South Africa by the coronavirus lockdown will start today, Thursday 9 April. Meanwhile, the seventh and eighth German-sponsored repatriation charters flown by SAA, taking Germans and other Europeans home, were to leave Johannesburg and Cape Town last night.
The US embassy announced that on Thursday, charter flights would depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, with another flight from Cape Town on Friday.
The UK High Commission announced that the first flight to London would depart from Cape Town on Thursday with six more flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to follow.
The German embassy said after Wednesday night's flights, the German charters would have repatriated over 2,000 Germans and other Europeans. The next flight would be from Cape Town on Saturday and the embassy is planning several more.
Stranded South Africans are also coming home on charter and scheduled flights, though in much smaller numbers. A few hundred of the more than 2,300 South Africans abroad who have...