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UK set to bring home hundreds more British travellers from across the Philippines

Following an announcement, another charter flight from the Philippines will bring home around 200 more British nationals, including from remote areas.

The charter flight will depart for London from Manila on Tuesday 28 April. The UK government has worked closely with Filipino authorities to organise internal flights to pick up travellers from Davao City, Tacloban and Iloilo. Ground transport for those located in other parts of the Philippines will also be available to enable them to make the international charter flight.

This is just one of a number of special charter flights being put on by the UK government to bring home British tourists stranded abroad due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as announced by the Foreign Secretary on 30 March 2020.

British travellers currently in the Philippines who wish to return home can book a place on the flight through the booking portal on our Travel Advice page. Priority is initially being given to vulnerable passengers including the elderly and those with medical requirements.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister of State, Nigel Adams said:

I am pleased we will be able to reunite around 200 British travellers with their loved ones following this second flight from the Philippines.

We are grateful to the Government of the Philippines for their support and assistance to help ensure British nationals in locations across the country can get home as quickly as possible.

The British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce said:

I’m pleased we have been able to organise a further charter flight back from Manila to the UK, with the support of Philippines Airlines and the Filipino authorities.

We have already helped to bring back over 800 travellers back, many of whom had been located across the country.

The British Embassy will be in touch with as many British travellers as possible in the coming days to arrange safe journeys and will continue to provide consular support to any British nationals who remain in the Philippines and require assistance.

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Published 21 April 2020