Thousands of Swiss are currently stuck abroad and can only travel with difficulty due to the corona virus. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) wants to gradually retrieve at least some of them. On Wednesday a plane from the Colombian capital Bogotà landed in Zurich. There were 279 Swiss nationals and 35 nationals from neighboring countries on board in Zurich. Two flights from Costa Rica and Morocco had already landed at Zurich Airport on Tuesday. All those returning home must now be quarantined for ten days.
A plane from San José in Costa Rica had brought the first 151 people back on Tuesday afternoon. In the evening a second plane landed in Zurich, which had come from Casablanca in Morocco. Around 130 Swiss people were sitting in the machine chartered by the EDA, as the EDA announced. Under the hashtag #flyinghome, it provides information about what it claims is the largest return campaign in the history of Switzerland.
The FDFA expects further return flights to land on Thursday morning: Returnees from Lima in Peru should land in Zurich at 9:20 a.m. This would have brought the first 750 or so people living in Switzerland back home. They had all been stuck in South America because of the Corona crisis.
Around 17,000 people registered with Travel App
The EDA is planning dozens of additional flights to Latin America, Asia and Africa in the coming weeks. The focus is initially on destinations on these three continents. The FDFA will announce the corresponding countries as soon as the clarifications have been made with the airlines and the diplomatic representations on the spot know.
According to EDA estimates, several thousand travelers from Switzerland are currently abroad. The Federal Council asked them to return to Switzerland last week. To date, around 17,000 have registered their trip on the Travel Admin app. (SDA)