Africans stuck on the wrong side of flight cancellations â€` amid a
massive decline in air traffic due to the Covid-19 outbreak and
related travel bans â€` are on their own for the time being.
So far no decision has been taken to repatriate South African
citizens from other parts of the world, a spokesperson for the
department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) told
Business Insider South Africa on Sunday.
Via missions abroad, the government is `interacting with authorities
of the countries` where citizens are stuck, though, and information
is being fed to SA`s National Command Council, which is expected to
announce new measures around the novel coronavirus after a meeting on
A special flight was arranged to evacuated South African citizens
from Wuhan, China, during the lockdown in that city. No similar
measures have been taken as lockdowns have spread across other cities
At last a handful of South Africans are stuck on cruise ships and in
But several citizens in various countries told Business Insider their
primary problem was a lack of flights, either direct or indirect,
that could get them home.
Some said they were running out of money, others worried about the
legal consequences of overstaying visas.
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