Around 10,000 Peruvians are still stranded in various countries after the closure of our borders in mid-March, a measure ordered by the government to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. Of that total, some 3,000 compatriots will be repatriated by the end of May, the Foreign Ministry reported.
“It has been a very big effort, not only from the Foreign Ministry. We have worked with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, the Indeci, the Ministry of Health, to repatriate more than 15,000 compatriots since the borders were closed,” said Foreign Minister Gustavo Meza-Cuadra.
He assured that Torre Tagle is still working hard to continue with this process of returning fellow countrymen and calculated that there are still more than 10,000 Peruvians stranded abroad.
The problem, he said, is that “we no longer have the flights from friendly countries that came to pick up tourists who were stranded in our country and that served many of them to repatriate compatriots.
“Now we are making an effort in which we have to combine both the contributions that the government can make and the private ones, the passengers themselves, with co-financing, and there are still some state flights that we are taking advantage of,” he explained.
On TV Peru, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also said that his portfolio has been managing contributions, donations, from friendly countries, both in treatments and medical equipment, in this health emergency.
“In total, in donations we can count on 42 million dollars. Several countries made important contributions, such as the United States with $2.5 million. From China we received, from a private company, dozens of mechanical ventilators,” he said.