Government continues efforts to repatriate Greeks ‘stuck’ abroad

Greek citizens

Greek citizens

The Greek government has stepped up efforts to repatriate Greek citizens abroad who are caught in the line of fire of travel bans and wish to return home.

Following the repatriation of 100 Greek citizens from Morocco on Wednesday, Greece’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias spoke with his Spanish counterpart, Arancha González Laya on Thursday evening on the repatriation of Greek citizens from Spain and Latin America by special flights over the next few days.

Similar efforts are being undertaken by other countries who are facilitating repatriation for their citizens currently in Greece.

Both the Greek and Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministers discussed the development of the coronavirus pandemic, and according to sources also agreed to work closely to facilitate the repatriation of Spanish citizens currently in Greece, as flights between Spain and Greece have been suspended.

It was also made known that Spain will actively assist in the repatriation of Greeks from Latin America, as it plans return operations for its own citizens there.

Meanwhile the Greek Embassy in Warsaw on Thursday announced that Aegean Airlines has scheduled a special flight for Greeks in Poland, to depart on Saturday for Greece at 13:25 Warsaw time (12:25 pm Athens time).

The embassy’s announcement added that the Warsaw Airport (Lotnisko Chopina-Okecie) will be open from 10:00 local time, to allow for the last-minute purchase of tickets for those interested on boarding the flight or anyone who has not yet contacted Aegean Airlines.

Note for Greek nationals in Poland: Anyone wishing to buy a last-minute ticket can forward their name and telephone number to the Embassy's email address at [email protected] by Friday, March 20, 13:00 pm. Strict priority will be kept.

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