Coronavirus: British Embassy in Peru tells stranded tourists to pay £3,000 each to get home | The Independent
British travellers stranded in Peru are being requested by the UK authorities to pay over £3,000 every to be flown residence.
The South American nation has declared a state of emergency and imposed a nationwide curfew between 8pm and 5am day by day.
All regular scheduled flights to and from Peru are at the moment banned. The one obtainable terrestrial transport permitted are buses and official taxis inside – not between – cities.
The British Embassy in Lima has posted a notice on Twitter asking UK nationals to register their curiosity in a constitution flight operated by the Colombian-based airline, Avianca.
It reads: “Avianca is contemplating putting in a constitution flight from Lima to London this weekend for stranded vacationers.
“They will even put in place a connecting flight from Cusco to Lima to attach with this London flight.”
British residents are urged to register their curiosity. The embassy explains: “They’ll solely decide to this constitution if there’s enough demand.”
UK diplomats are understood to have secured exemption from the state of emergency lockdown for passengers on the flight.
The announcement says: “The value vary is more likely to be US$3,000-$3,500 a technique, economic system class.”
Enterprise class additionally obtainable at $7,500 (£6,500).
British travellers who select to remain in Peru are suggested to seek out “safe lodging for the confirmed interval of 15 days”.
Kasey Butler tweeted: “I attempted calling and going to the embassy right now, discovered each have been closed.
“My hostel is locking us in our rooms as of 10pm tonight till the top of the 15 day lockdown.”
The request for as much as $3,500 (£3,030) per particular person for a repatriation flight is in stark distinction to the airlifts organised for British residents in Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.
The transfer got here on the day when a Nationwide Audit Workplace report revealed that 77,000 Thomas Cook dinner clients with out Atol safety have been introduced residence after the agency’s collapse at a median value to UK taxpayers of £1,078 per passenger.