Foreign and Commonwealth Office
More charter flights to get Britons home from West Africa
Up to 380 more British travellers stuck in Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Liberia will be able to return to the UK at the start of June on two flights chartered by the UK government.
This is in addition to over 6,000 British nationals who have already flown home from across sub-Saharan Africa.
Details of the new flights are as follows:
- 2 June: Guinea - Côte d’Ivoire – UK
- 3 June: Cape Verde – Liberia - UK
The additional charter flights have been arranged for British travellers, and their dependants, whose primary residence is the UK. Priority is given to the most vulnerable travellers, for example people with health conditions.
Minister of State for Africa, James Duddridge, yesterday said:
These two flights from West Africa will mean up to 380 British travellers from Cape Verde, Cȏte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia are able to return home. We have now chartered 29 flights from sub-Saharan Africa and will have helped over 6,000 British nationals get back to the UK.
This has been a logistical challenge and I am grateful for the continued co-operation and support from the local authorities in all these countries.
The UK government is working with the airline industry and host governments across the world to help bring back British travellers to the UK as part of the plan announced by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on 30 March - with up to £75 million available for special charter flights to priority countries, focused on helping the most vulnerable travellers.
So far, charter flights have returned British travellers from countries across the world including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, The Gambia, South Africa, Nepal, Ghana, Tunisia, Algeria and Peru.
Latest News from
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer03/07/2020 12:12:00
From 10 July 2020 you will be able to travel to many countries without having to self-isolate on return to England.
UN Human Rights Council 44: Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights03/07/2020 10:25:00
The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media: UK statement02/07/2020 16:20:00
Delivered by Ambassador Neil Bush at the OSCE Permanent Council on 2 July 2020.
Maduro regime's decision to expel the EU Ambassador from Venezuela: Foreign Secretary's statement02/07/2020 14:10:00
Dominic Raab stated that the decision by the Maduro regime is unwarranted, deeply regrettable and can only contribute to a deterioration in Venezuela.
UK to extend residence rights for British Nationals (Overseas) citizens in Hong Kong02/07/2020 10:25:00
Following China's imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong, the UK has confirmed that new arrangements will be put in place for British Nationals(Overseas).
Foreign Secretary Statement on National Security Legislation in Hong Kong01/07/2020 17:05:00
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, delivers a statement to the House of Commons on the situation in Hong Kong following the imposition of national security legislation by China.
UN Human Rights Council 44: interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights of Rohingya people01/07/2020 16:20:00
The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, yesterday delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s oral update on the situation of human rights of Rohingya people.
UN Human Rights Council 44: statement on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka.01/07/2020 15:38:00
The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group on Sri Lanka.
Foreign Secretary statement on Hong Kong01/07/2020 14:10:00
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab comments following the passage of the national security legislation for Hong Kong through the National People's Congress in Beijing (30 June 2020).