A plane carrying a group of 122 South Africans who are returning from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, China, are expected to arrive at the Polokwane international airport, the group will be then quarantine at the Protea Hotel's The Ranch Resort. The US says it will repatriate its citizens who are having trouble leaving Ghana because of travel restrictions implemented to fight the Covid-19 outbreak. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)
A plane carrying a group of 122 South Africans who are returning from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, China, are expected to arrive at the Polokwane international airport, the group will be then quarantine at the Protea Hotel's The Ranch Resort. The US says it will repatriate its citizens who are having trouble leaving Ghana because of travel restrictions implemented to fight the Covid-19 outbreak. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

US offers repatriation flights for Americans in Ghana

By Brenda Masilela Time of article published Mar 24, 2020

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PRETORIA - The department of  consular affairs in the United States (US) has via Twitter indicated that it is organising repatriation flights for its citizens who are having trouble leaving Ghana because of travel restrictions implemented to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Those interested in being contacted if additional flights or repatriation flights to the US are scheduled, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Return Travel to the US,” read the tweet.

According to GhanaWeb, it is unclear if there have been any diplomatic arrangements between the two countries, as the move defies the country’s President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent directive of shutting down the country’s borders.

President Akufo-Addo made the announcement of the closure of all boarders on Saturday.

The US has also announced that it is organising repatriation flights for its citizens who are in Peru, Argentina, Hungary and Burkina Faso.

Canada also announced after the US that it would send three planes to Peru to repatriate citizens left stranded in the country.

In a tweet on Monday, the Canadian foreign affairs minister François-Philippe Champagne said the government has secured authorisation to operate three flights “this week”.

According to a Canadian publication, Global News, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said there would also be another two flights to repatriate citizens from Morocco in “in the coming days”.

It said officials were working to coordinate an Air Canada flight to Spain.

African News Agency

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