Foreign Affairs activates the European Civil Protection Mechanism to facilitate the return of 400 Spanish tourists in Central America


From Asia it is worth noting the arrival this morning of a flight from New Delhi (India) and with a stopover in Goa that has facilitated the return of 234 passengers, including 191 Spaniards, other European citizens and foreigners residing in our country. Said plane was chartered under the European Civil Protection Mechanism because there is no other possible alternative for travelers to leave the country.

On the other hand, the return of other Spaniards who have arrived by different routes has been facilitated. A total of 53 Spaniards from Bali (Indonesia) and 47 from Nepal will arrive in Spain today, via Lisbon and Paris respectively.

From Africa, it is worth mentioning the return of an Iberia company plane from Morocco with 140 Spaniards that landed in Madrid on April 3. Likewise, slightly more than thirty Spaniards from different destinations have returned: Angola, Burundi, or Madagascar. In these sub-Saharan African destinations, both Embassies and Consulates of the region have collaborated and provided information so that the Spaniards who were in the region could enter these commercial flights and make their return possible.

Regarding Europe, the Spanish Embassy in Slovakia has coordinated the hiring of a bus that left yesterday with 35 Erasmus students from Kosice to Spain; while the Consulate General of Spain in Amsterdam has accompanied the transit of ten Spanish minors from Calgary (Canada) and Atlanta (United States) on their flight connection to Spain. Buses, coordinated by the Spanish Embassy in Switzerland, also left last Friday, one from Geneva and the other from Zurich, the latter to facilitate the return of the Spanish who arrived from Myanmar. Spaniards have arrived in Switzerland on Swiss repatriation flights to Zurich from the Philippines (3 Spaniards) and Myanmar (25 Spaniards).

From Latin America a little more than 60 Spaniards from Ecuador and Bolivia have arrived at different European airports, from where they can more easily undertake their return to Spain. In the case of Bolivia it is noteworthy that, in total, in recent weeks 100 Spanish tourists have returned through different routes, mainly through London and Paris with the support of the Spanish Embassy in La Paz and the Spanish Consulate in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. More flights from Argentina and Peru are expected to take place next week.

A new operation has also been launched that, with new flights from Italy, will allow the return of up to 400 more Spaniards who were still trying to return to Spain and who had not succeeded after the severe restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This device organized by the Spanish Embassy in Italy, in close coordination with the Consulates in Rome, Naples and Milan, plans to make two flights next Monday, April 6.

On the other hand, efforts are being made to organize a repatriation flight from Ireland so that unaccompanied minors can return to our country.

Network of embassies and consulates

In short, although there are still Spaniards who want to return to Spain, the results show better expectations and there are already many who have been able to return in recent days. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation maintains its network of Embassies and Consulates permanently deployed to serve those Spaniards who are still trying to return and for whom it has open all the communication and information channels that serve its more than 4,500 officials.

It is also recalled that this Ministry has just launched an emergency solidarity service to assist Spaniards who are blocked abroad in order to facilitate contact between Spanish citizens residing abroad who wish to offer accommodation to travelers. Spaniards who have not yet been able to return to Spain and who need a temporary housing solution.

The platform is called "hosting" and is available at the following link https://registroviajeros.exteriores.gob.es/Aloja.html it is limited to the exchange of contact between applicants and bidders. Any subsequent communication is restricted to the private sphere.



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