COVID-19: More than half a million EU citizens back home

The EU has so far funded repatriation flights to bring home over 500,000 EU citizens affected by coronavirus travel restrictions.

At the beginning of the outbreak, some 600,000 EU citizens declared themselves stranded outside the EU, most of them short-term travellers.

To-date, there are still over 90,000 EU citizens stranded abroad (most of them are in Asia-Pacific and Africa). The EU is committed to repatriate all its citizens safely and efforts to bring them home in the coming days are ongoing.

These efforts have also benefitted citizens from partner countries such as Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the UK, with approximately 5,000 of their citizens being brought home through this EU-wide effort.

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