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Successful repatriation of stranded travelers to Europe

Lufthansa aircraft at Hosea Kutako International Airport on 3 April 2020.

Lufthansa aircraft at Hosea Kutako International Airport on 3 April 2020., © German Embassy Windhoek

06.04.2020 - Article

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Foreign Office supports stranded travelers to return to Germany. Also Namibia was part of the programme.

Lufthansa aircraft crew and representatives of the German Embassy Windhoek at Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Lufthansa aircraft crew and representatives of the German Embassy Windhoek at Hosea Kutako International Airport.© German Embassy Windhoek

Due to the coronavirus outbreak many countries have imposed travel restrictions or taken other steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Federal Foreign Office therefore supports German travelers to return to Germany.

After all commercial flights to and from Namibia had been cancelled before, more than 1,800 travelers left Namibia between 25 March and 4 April 2020 on seven special flights organized by the German Federal Government and on one chartered flight. Apart from German stranded tourists, numerous international travelers from 27 different countries were able to join the operation and continued their travels from Germany to their home countries.

Without the joint efforts of different parties in Germany and Namibia, the repatriation flights could not have been implemented. The German Embassy Windhoek is thankful for the excellent cooperation with all colleagues at the Foreign Office, Lufthansa representatives and the German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group in Namibia. A very special thank you is due to all Namibian authorities that made this operation possible.

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