The different procedures carried out both by the Ministry and by the network of Spanish Embassies and Consulates will allow six flights from Argentina to land in Spain, until May 31, two from Colombia (to which a third could be added with a date to be determined), two from the Dominican Republic, one from Venezuela and the other from Uruguay (chartered by Foreign).

To these flights could be added one from Bolivia chartered by a travel agency and, therefore, on commercial terms, scheduled for May 31; and another from Peru operated by KLM for May 25 (24 Spaniards arrived on Lima on an Air France flight this Thursday).

Also noteworthy is the departure today of a Balearia ferry from Tangier to Spain that will carry 711 passengers, including Spanish and Moroccan citizens residing in Spain. Two other ferries will complete the return of Spaniards and residents on May 28 and June 4.

After the repatriation phase closed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, together with the network of Embassies and Consulates, has intensified its efforts with the local authorities of the different countries in which there are Spaniards who have shown now his interest in traveling to Spain, to facilitate the return once some airlines have started to resume their flights.

The procedures are carried out in two ways: contact with the transport operators to transmit the demand of Spaniards who now want to return, and with the local authorities to facilitate permits for airlines to carry out these operations. Additionally, the Embassies and Consulates analyze each per case to facilitate the necessary safe-conducts whenever they are necessary to move within the country from which they want to travel to Spain.

The Spanish Embassies and Consulates have now turned to assisting Spaniards who want to return and for those who are beginning to have an incipient commercial offer. In fact, connections with Asia begin to be facilitated after airlines such as Qatar Airways have already started operating direct flights from May 20 with Madrid and Barcelona.

A commercial policy that other airlines plan to follow during the first week of June that will allow for a considerable expansion of the offer of flights from Germany (Lufthansa will fly to six Spanish cities from June 3), Switzerland (flights from Zurich to Barcelona and Malaga ) and Italy (which will resume flights between Rome and Madrid from June 2).

Iberia flights from the United States will begin to normalize in July although there are other airlines that fly directly from, for example, Dallas. While in Latin America there is a timid offer of commercial flights in charge of travel agencies and, specifically, of the airlines themselves.

After more than fifty flights chartered by Foreign and more than 27,000 assisted Spaniards, the network of Embassies and Consulates keeps all its communication channels open to respond to all Spaniards who are looking for alternatives to travel to Spain while the restrictions derived from COVID-19.



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