MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Bogotá (Apr. 30/20). In the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Chancellor Claudia Blum, has as a priority to provide assistance to compatriots who were abroad and were affected.
In this sense, Minister Blum presented an update on the steps taken:
Since the emergency began due to COVID-19, we at the Chancery have defined an assistance plan that we are implementing.
Before March 23, we accompanied 3,196 compatriots who were on temporary trips and needed support for their relocation on return flights, due to the travel restrictions that were being applied worldwide.
After Colombia suspended the entry of international passengers, to contain the spread of the virus and protect health, we adopted a repatriation model under rigorous migration and health protocols.
Until today, with this repatriation process 1,910 nationals who were on temporary trips have been able to return and were stranded in Canada, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, the United States, Peru, Chile, France, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
There have been 20 flights, in which the costs of the tickets were paid by the travelers to commercial and private companies, and which are approved for humanitarian reasons.
This model is analogous to that of other countries and requires meticulous coordination from the Foreign Ministry with Colombia Migration, the Ministry of Transport, Civil Aeronautics, and health and police authorities.
I know that a high number of compatriots are pending to return, but within the possibilities, we will continue working on repatriation.
Additionally, we have already transferred resources of the order of 7,000 million pesos to 94 consulates that register Colombians trapped in different countries, and that demonstrate economic insolvency, to support them in subsistence needs.
It should be noted that we give priority to the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly, pregnant women, families with children and people with disabilities.
Our commitment to Colombians who are abroad is permanent. I express my appreciation to all the Foreign Ministry officials, the consulates and embassies who, with responsibility and dedication, work day and night to accompany the compatriots.
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