Throughout this week, many of these travelers will be able to return to Spain through the four flights that will arrive from Ibero-America (two from Argentina, one from Venezuela and the other from Peru), the number of which could be close to a thousand. They will be joined by the 224 passengers (185 Spanish -including several Erasmus students- and European residents in Spain) who will return to Spain thanks to the efforts of the Consulates of Rome, Naples and Milan and the Embassy of Spain in Italy, in various flights between today and tomorrow from Italy.
The return of a large group of unaccompanied minors from Ireland whose parents have contacted the Embassy of Spain to promote that return in the coming days and for whom a solution is being sought after they have decided now is also expected. leave the country.
But apart from these higher-volume operations, the Spanish Embassies and Consulates coordinate with those of other countries to facilitate the return of the Spaniards who were abroad. This is the case of the Spanish Embassy in Bolivia, which, in coordination with that of France, has made it possible for a total of 38 Spaniards to travel from Santa Cruz de la Sierra to Paris and from there to Madrid on a French flight. The coordination of the Embassy of Spain in Ecuador with that of the United Kingdom has also allowed 18 Spaniards to board a La Paz-Quito-Guayaquil-London flight organized by the British in Quito. France, which will make a flight departing on the 8th from Quito through Guayaquil and Paris to reach Madrid, will also board 41 Spaniards.
Similar operations with other countries have also been coordinated by the Spanish Embassies in Saudi Arabia (14 Spaniards traveling on a flight organized by France), in Lebanon (four Spaniards who used a flight to repatriate Lebanese from Spain), in Equatorial Guinea ( 40 Spaniards on an Air France flight), in Indonesia (51 Spaniards on a flight from Portugal), in India (which has coordinated with France the repatriation of 47 Spaniards from Nepal), in Thailand (16 Spaniards on a flight from Germany and 11 in another from France, to which must be added two Spaniards in Cambodia who left on a flight from France) and in Vietnam (six Spaniards from Laos on a Swiss flight).
Regarding this last country, the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam, after having helped all those who requested help to leave, has found that a group of 17 people who had expressed their intention to stay in the country, now want to leave , for those who are looking for much more difficult alternatives now than when the possibility was offered together with the rest of the Spanish. The Spanish Embassy in the Philippines is also looking for alternatives for the 243 Spaniards who remain spread over different islands and who, in many cases, have refused to join other flights for different reasons.
For its part, the Spanish Embassy in Australia remains in constant contact with the 145 Spanish tourists it has registered, of which more than one hundred already have their return ticket, while the rest are considering staying. In New Zealand, where the Spanish Embassy works with a list of 270 tourists, the figure is expected to drop drastically after restrictions on air traffic are relaxed and the offer of flights by Qatar airline is doubled. As well as looking for a way out, along with the other countries of the European Union, for the twenty Spaniards spread across different islands in the Pacific.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation keeps all its communication and information channels open, 24 hours a day, as well as those of Embassies and Consulates to answer any queries from Spanish travelers abroad. For them, it has also launched the "Aloja" platform, which facilitates the exchange of contact between applicants and accommodation providers.