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St Vincent and the Grenadines: Coronavirus

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 47432, tabled on 15 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) provide consular support to and (b) arrange the repatriation of British citizens in St Vincent and the Grenadines during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

26 May 2020

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is working around the clock, through our Posts overseas and in London, to make sure all British people who need help are receiving the support and information they need. We have now brought home over 32,000 people on 155 flights organised by the Foreign Office from 29 countries and territories.

The welfare of British nationals remains our top priority, and we remain committed to ensuring that British travellers around the globe are able to return home. The UK Government is working closely with airlines, local authorities and governments in the Caribbean region to help British travellers return to the UK as part of the plan announced by the Foreign Secretary on 30 March - with up to £75 million available for special charter flights from priority countries, focused on helping the most vulnerable travellers. We have supported over 11,000 people to return home from the Caribbean via commercial means.

We are aware that there are British travellers remaining overseas in the Caribbean region and our effort is focused on supporting their return as quickly and safely as possible. British travellers wishing to return to the UK have been actively encouraged to register with their nearest High Commission or Embassy as well as to check travel advice for updates regularly: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.