Health/Travel Alert: Repatriation Update – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador – March 27, 2020
LOCATION: Ecuador (country-wide)
Today, four more U.S. State Department-sponsored flights departed Ecuador, two each from Guayaquil and Quito, returning 403 Americans home. To date, a total of six U.S. State Department-sponsored flights have taken 631 Americans home. Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador has worked closely with commercial airlines to facilitate the return of an additional 1,754 Americans. In total, 2,385 Americans have returned home thanks to U.S. government assistance.
We strongly encourage all U.S. citizens who wish to return home to consider commercial flight options listed on the U.S. Embassy’s website https://ec.usembassy.gov/. We are aware that some commercial flights, including from Quito on TAME to Fort Lauderdale and on United to Houston remain available this weekend. There is also a flight from Manta to Toronto, Canada, this weekend, and from Guayaquil on Eastern to Miami scheduled for Monday, March 30.
Due to the global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide demand for evacuation assistance, we CANNOT GUARANTEE any additional U.S. State Department-chartered flights and/or commercial flights will be available for U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ecuador in the coming days. If you choose not to depart at this time, you should be prepared to hunker down in Ecuador for an extended period.
If you have a scheduled flight on a commercial airline, we urge you to do everything you can to make that flight. Please note you may be required to wear a face mask when travelling and particularly to enter airports. Please also carry with you the Mobilization Authorization (see instructions here), your passport, and confirmation of your flight to facilitate your transit to the airport. You may also want to take the letter from Ambassador Fitzpatrick, click here.
We know that moving from place to place has become frustratingly difficult, given the extraordinary public health measures now in place, and that some people have decided to stay in Ecuador or make other arrangements. If you do so, please let your airline know immediately. If you’re scheduled on a flight and decide not to fly, they are left with an empty seat that could have gone to someone in need.
We are working hard to bring #AmericansHome
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