The Embassies and Consulates assist more than 1,200 Spaniards on their return to Spain in the last hours

The 215 Spanish Embassies and Consulates coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation have assisted more than 1,200 Spanish tourists who were abroad and who have managed to return to Spain during the weekend.

These have been the coordinated special flights in the last days:

Sunday, March 22:

• 270 passengers of Spanish nationality returned on a specific flight chartered by Iberia that left Buenos Aires on Sunday and arrived in Madrid on March 23;
• 359 Spaniards arrived in Barajas today on a flight that took off from Quito on March 22, and that included citizens from Guayaquil
• 120 Spaniards arrived yesterday at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from Cape Verde on a special flight from Binter;
• 22 Spaniards returned to Madrid from Tunisia on an Air Europa flight;
• 48 passengers traveled on an Aegean flight from Athens to Barcelona.

Saturday, March 21:

• 106 people, of whom 83 Spanish, were able to return from Gambia to Las Palmas on a Binter flight;
• 42 Spaniards returned with a special Aegean flight from Athens to Madrid;
• 12 Spanish tourists were able to return on commercial flights between Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March from Sudan.

Friday, March 20:

• 196 Spaniards returned by flight from Santo Domingo to Madrid;
• 32 Spaniards left on another flight from Algeria thanks to the efforts of the Embassy back to Spain.

Another special flight chartered by Iberia is announced to bring approximately 200 Spaniards from Senegal tomorrow Tuesday. It is also expected that another ferry will depart from Civitavecchia to Spain tomorrow to allow the return of Spaniards affected by this situation in Italy. All of them are in addition to the almost 540 Spaniards who were able to return on flights chartered by the Maltese authorities from Valletta to Spain, as well as the more than 600 passengers who took the ferry from Civitavecchia to Barcelona last week.

In addition to these special flights, it should be noted that citizens affected by COVID19 restrictions continue to return to Spain from those airports where commercial flights continue to operate.

The Spanish Embassies and Consulates in the world continue to work with all their resources despite these difficult circumstances and are dedicated to obtaining the return of Spanish citizens from abroad.

To do this, they facilitate the return of Spanish tourists through airlines, transport providers and travel agencies, also paying special attention to those Spaniards who are in a particularly vulnerable situation. They maintain contact with citizens in each country through a 24-hour operational consular emergency telephone number, announcements on social networks and via email, to inform them of all the routes back to Spain, whether through commercial lines, with the support from local authorities or in collaboration with community partners.

From Madrid, the Ministry's crisis unit continues to operate 24/7, attending an average of more than 6,000 calls a day to ensure that all Spanish tourists can return to Spain.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, visited this past weekend the headquarters of the crisis unit to show her support for the more than 40 officials who, along with a hundred volunteers from the Ministry of Affairs Foreign, European Union and Cooperation, answer queries that reach +34913948900. The minister also had the opportunity to personally attend to some cases to which she responded.

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