Evacuations related to the COVID-19 pandemic

This article lists major evacuations conducted by several countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified in the city of Wuhan, Hubei, China in mid-December 2019, when a group of people developed a pneumonia without clear causes, and existing treatments were found to be ineffective. The novel coronavirus has similar characteristics to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Within a number of weeks, several thousand people in Hubei's provincial capital of Wuhan were infected, and the Chinese central government imposed strict containment measures, including a lockdown of Hubei itself.

Due to the effective lockdown of Wuhan and Hubei, and the continued growth of the outbreak in these locations, several countries planned to evacuate their citizens and/or diplomatic staff from the area. This was done primarily through chartered flights of the home nations, which were provided prior clearance by Chinese authorities. Australia,[1] Belgium,[2] France, Germany, India,[3] Indonesia,[4] Japan, the Philippines,[5] Sri Lanka, Thailand,[6] and the United States[7] were among the first to plan the evacuation of their citizens.[8] Pakistan has said that it will not be evacuating any citizens from China due to lack of domestic facilities to help treat Pakistanis who may be infected.[9][10]

International evacuations

Statistical overview

Organizing country/iesCitizens evac.Others evac.Total evac.As ofRef.
 India4,582,000+[a]2021-03-15[11]
 Philippines1,375,68615+[b]1,375,701+2021-08-24[13]
 European Union[c]82,06410,11692,1802020-09-10[14]
 United States108,9722020-06-05[15]
 Poland47,500 (est.)[d]800[d]54,000+2020-04-05[16][17]

Military and organisation evacuations

The Peace Corps evacuated all volunteers, estimated at over 7,000[e] and suspended all volunteer programmes.[19]

Major civilian evacuations

From 15 March to 15 April, the Polish flag carrier LOT flew over 54,000 people, including Poles and other nationals, under the "LOTDoDomu" (LOT Flight Home) programme.[20][17]

The government of India plans to evacuate citizens from around the world through the "Vande Bharat Mission" in May. The first phase, with over 15,000 Indian citizens planned to be evacuated from 7 to 13 May, focuses mostly on the Gulf states and other areas with high concentrations of Indians such as the US and UK,[21][22] while the second phase, starting 15 May, will shift efforts to other European and Central Asian countries.[23] It has been predicted that this evacuation will surpass the 1990 airlift of Indians from Kuwait to be the biggest in the country's history, with estimates ranging as high as 192k-250k nationals to be brought home.[24][25] As India closed its airspace to international flights in March, these flights are crucial for both citizens wanting to return to India as well as anyone who wants to leave the country via outbound flights.[21]

List of international evacuations

Departure dateOrganizing country/iesEvacueesNationalities[f]Departure airportArrival airportNotes
2020-01-30 to 2020-03-17 TurkmenistanTurkmenistanBeijing, Moscow, Minsk, IstanbulTurkmenabat AirportTurkmenistan removed all its citizens from countries with coronavirus.[26][27]
2020-01-24 to 27 Vietnam200China 200Da Nang International Airport
Cam Ranh International Airport
China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportVietnam permitted four exceptional flights to take tourists and others from Wuhan home in the period 24–27 January,[28] and organised a flight to evacuate citizens and diplomats.[29]
2020-01-29 Australia
 New Zealand
300 (est.)China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportOn 26 January, ABC News's exclusive report showed over 100 Australian children were trapped in Wuhan as the Foreign Minister Marise Payne said diplomatic staff were making effort on evacuation plans.[30] On 29 January, Australia and New Zealand announced that they would cooperate in the evacuation of their citizens from Wuhan. There are between 50 and 82 New Zealanders in Wuhan and 600 Australians in Hubei including 140 Australian children in Wuhan.[31][32] The New Zealand Government chartered a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft from the national carrier Air New Zealand to assist in evacuation efforts, subject to approval from Chinese officials.[33][34][35] While prioritising New Zealand nationals, Australian and Pacific Island citizens were also carried.[36]
2020-01-29 United States195March Air Reserve BaseFirst US evacuation flight, with a fuel stop in Anchorage.[37]
2020-01-29 Japan206Tokyo Haneda AirportThis was Japan's first evacuation flight. Three passengers later tested positive for the virus, with two of them becoming Japan's first asymptomatic cases.[38]
2020-01-30210This was Japan's second flight from Wuhan.[39]
2020-01-30 Singapore92Singapore Changi AirportSingaporeans were evacuated from Wuhan via a special Scoot flight, crewed by volunteers from the airline after co-ordination between Singapore and Chinese authorities facilitated the flights. However, not all Singaporeans were evacuated as some displayed symptoms before the flight. Two of the evacuees were later confirmed as the first Singaporeans to have the virus. Both were asymptomatic during the flight but were found to have a fever upon arrival.[40]
2020-01-31 Japan149Tokyo Haneda AirportJapan's third flight from Wuhan.[41]
2020-01-31 South Korea368[42]South Korea Gimpo International Airport
2020-01-31 United Kingdom110[43]United Kingdom 83
European Union 27
Royal Air Force Brize NortonPassengers left Wuhan with military medics from the UK, arriving at RAF Brize Norton in England. The British passengers were quarantined at a segregated block of Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral; all passengers were tested before and during the flight, with none having the virus. The other EU nationals were flown on to Spain from Brize Norton. More Britons (up to 150) were supposed to be on the flight, which was planned to leave a day earlier, but China initially declined permission, and then anyone who had a Chinese passport (including infants and a newborn to British parents) were told they could not leave. Shortly before the flight departed, this decision was reversed, but it was too late for people to get to the airport even though the plane was also delayed for several hours. The British government plans to send another plane if necessary.[44][45][46]
2020-01-31 France180[47]Istres-Le Tubé Air Base
2020-01-31 China76[48]Thailand Suvarnabhumi International AirportWuhan Tianhe International Airport
2020-01-31124[49]MalaysiaKota Kinabalu International Airport
2020-01-31111[50]JapanTokyo Haneda Airport
2020-01-31 Germany124[51][52]ChinaWuhan Tianhe International AirportFrankfurt AirportThe German Air Force plane was denied a stopover in Moscow after its starting point in Wuhan, according to the German Minister of Defence. Originally, the plane had received approval for a layover in Moscow to stop for refuelling and a change of crew personnel. The aircraft evacuated 102 German and 26 non-German citizens. The plane made a stopover in Helsinki on its way to Frankfurt Airport. The German Minister of Health stated that all passengers showed no symptoms of the coronavirus.[53] On its way to Wuhan, the aeroplane carried 10,000 suits of protective equipment as requested by the Chinese government.[54] Two passengers later tested positive for the virus.[55]
2020-02-01 South Korea333South Korea Gimpo International AirportSouth Korea's second flight, operated by Korean Air.[56]
2020-02-01 Sri Lanka33Mattala Rajapaksa International AirportA special Sri Lankan Airlines plane flew from Wuhan after co-ordination between the Sri Lankan Government and Chinese authorities. After arrival all passengers were quarantined at a segregated block at Diyatalawa Garrison of the Sri Lanka Army.[57]
2020-02-01 India324Indira Gandhi International AirportThis was India's first evacuation flight.[58] There were three minors, 211 students and 110 working professionals, and the flight was operated by Air India.[59][60]
2020-02-01 Turkey42Turkey 32
Azerbaijan 10
Ankara Esenboğa AirportA cargo plane delivered medical equipment to China before taking the evacuees to Ankara. All passengers were quarantined in a local disused hospital.[61]
2020-02-01 Jordan71Jordan 55
State of Palestine 7
Oman 3
Tunisia 3
Bahrain 1
Lebanon 1
Queen Alia International AirportFlown by Royal Jordanian, making it the first Wuhan evacuation flight by a flag carrier.[62]
2020-02-01 Mongolia31Chinggis Khaan International AirportThe flight was operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines for the government. Passengers were quarantined at the National Center for Communicable Diseases.[63]
2020-02-01 Myanmar59Mandalay International AirportMyanmar National Airlines operated the flight.[64][65]
2020-02-01 Bangladesh312[66]Shahjalal International AirportUsing a chartered Boeing 777-300ER of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the government evacuated many people in Wuhan, mostly students studying there. After arrival they were taken to hajj camp which was turned into quarantine near Dhaka airport for 14 days. 3 people who had high temperature was taken to CMH hospital.[67]
2020-02-01 Morocco167Mostly students and staff of the country's embassy to China. Passengers were quarantined for 20 days instead of the standard 14.[68]
2020-02-01 China89[69]ThailandPhuket International AirportWuhan Tianhe International Airport
2020-02-02 Indonesia238ChinaWuhan Tianhe International AirportHang Nadim International AirportGovernment of Indonesia chartered a Batik Air aircraft with 18 crews and 30 medics to evacuate around 200 Indonesian citizens from Hubei Province.[70][71] All passengers were then transferred to Raden Sadjad Air Force Base, in Ranai, Natuna Island using one Boeing 737 and two C-130 Hercules from Indonesian Air Force.[72][73][74]
2020-02-02 India330India 323
Maldives 7
Indira Gandhi International AirportThis was India's second flight. All passengers were quarantined in Delhi and Manesar, Haryana.[75]
2020-02-02 Algeria46+Algeria 36
Tunisia 10
Libya Unspecified number of students
Flown by Air Algérie. Also delivered supplies to China.[76]
2020-02-02 Saudi Arabia10King Khalid International AirportMostly students, flight to Riyadh operated by Saudia.[77]
2020-02-03 Italy56[78]Italians and PolesPratica di Mare Air BaseFlown by a specially equipped KC-767.[79]
2020-02-03 France254Istres-Le Tubé Air BaseThe flight had 65 French nationals on board as well as residents of 29 other countries.[80]
2020-02-03 Australia243[81]Christmas Island AirportQantas flight chartered by the Australian government evacuated about 240 people, including 84 children and 5 infants, to the Australian mainland, before they were flown on smaller planes to the Christmas Island Detention Centre for quarantine.[82][83] The inbound flight delivered medical supplies including masks, protective suits and gloves.[84]
2020-02-03 Taiwan247Taoyuan International AirportCharter flight operated by China Eastern Airlines[85]
2020-02-04 Russia144Russia 128
16 from post-Soviet states
Roshchino International AirportTwo military planes evacuated passengers to Tyumen, Siberia for quarantine.[86]
2020-02-04 Malaysia107Kuala Lumpur International AirportChartered AirAsia flight with Malaysians as well as non-Malaysian family members on board.[87]
2020-02-04 New Zealand190[88]New Zealand 98[g]
Australia 35[h]
East Timor 17
Papua New Guinea 17
United Kingdom 8
Samoa 5
Tonga 4
Fiji 2
Kiribati 1
Federated States of Micronesia 1
Netherlands 1
Uzbekistan 1
Auckland AirportAircraft operated by New Zealand Airlines NZ1942. Except for the Australian residents, who were subsequently sent to Australia, others were sent to Whangaparaoa military base, 25 km away from Auckland, for two weeks of quarantine.[82][89][90]
2020-02-04 Thailand144U-Tapao International AirportWhile the flight left from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, it flew to a different airport in order for passengers to be quarantined at nearby Sattahip Naval Base.[91]
2020-02-04 Iran84Imam Khomeini International Airport59 Iranians, 24 Syrians and one Lebanese citizen were evacuated by a flight operated by Mahan Air.[92]
2020-02-04 United States350 (est.)[93]Travis Air Force Base
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
There were two flights, one of which went to Travis AFB near San Francisco, and the other which refuelled there and continued to MCAS Miramar near San Diego. Passengers on both flights were quarantined for 14 days. On 10 February, one passenger was confirmed infected and became the 13th case in the United States.[94]
2020-02-05 Russia147Roshchino International AirportTwo Russian Air Force Il-76TDs evacuated people who were taken to a quarantine base in Tumen rehabilitation center.[95]
2020-02-06 Canada176[96]Canadian Forces Base TrentonThe flight was operated by an Airbus A330 (registration number 9H-STY), stopped at Vancouver International Airport to refuel, and then flew to CFB Trenton near Toronto.[97] Quarantine was lifted on 21 February and no one was infected.[98]
2020-02-06 United States300 (est.)United States 240 (est.)
Canada 60+
Plane 1
Canada Vancouver International Airport
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Plane 2
Lackland Air Force Base
Eppley Airfield
Consisted of two flights, one of which had a fuel stop in Vancouver were Canadians disembarked.[99]
2020-02-07 Japan198Tokyo Haneda AirportFourth Japanese flight from Wuhan.[100]
2020-02-07 Brazil40Brazil 34
Poland 4
China 1
India 1
Poland Warsaw
Brazil Fortaleza
The Brazilian Air Force used two E-190 planes. One had a fuel stop in Las Palmas, where no one disembarked. All non-Brazilians got off in Warsaw.[101][102]
2020-02-07 Brunei2Brunei International AirportOperated by Royal Brunei Airlines and arrived the next day.[103]
2020-02-08 China61Bali International AirportWuhan Tianhe International AirportA flight chartered by the Chinese Consulate-General picked up 49 adults and 12 children from Bali to Wuhan.[104]
2020-02-09 Philippines30[105]China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportClark Air Base
2020-02-09 Australia258Darwin International AirportOperated by Qantas Airways, with a total of 266 people evacuated including 8 Pacific Islanders.[106] Everyone was quarantined in an unused mining camp near Darwin.[107]
2020-02-09 Singapore174Changi International AirportSIngaporeans were flown home on another special Scoot flight, numbered TR5121.[108] On 16 February, one passenger was diagnosed with the virus. On 21 February, another confirmed diagnosis was announced.[109]
2020-02-09 United Kingdom200United Kingdom 105 (incl. family members)
95 others
Royal Air Force Brize NortonSecond British flight from Wuhan.[110]
2020-02-10 France35Istres-Le Tubé Air Base
2020-02-10 Canada185[111]Canadian Forces Base Trenton
2020-02-10 Vietnam30Noi Bai International AirportFlight to Hanoi operated by Vietnam Airlines.[112]
2020-02-11 South Korea140[113]South Korea Gimpo International Airport
2020-02-16   Nepal175Tribhuvan International AirportThe flight to Kathmandu was operated by Nepal Airlines. The original number of Nepalese to be evacuated was 185, however, 4 of them decided to stay back and 6 were barred to board the flight due to medical reasons.[114][115]
2020-02-17 Japan65Tokyo Haneda AirportFifth evacuation by Japan from Wuhan.[116]
2020-02-17 United States380+Japan Tokyo Haneda AirportTravis Air Force Base
Lackland Air Force Base
Eppley Airfield
Evacuated passengers on the Diamond Princess[117]
2020-02-19 South Korea7South Korea 6
Japan 1 (spouse)
South Korea Gimpo International AirportAir Force flight evacuating Diamond Princess passengers[118]
2020-02-20 Hong Kong106Hong Kong 84
18 passengers of other nationalities, possibly Hong Kong residents
Hong Kong International AirportFirst Hong Kong evacuation flight for Diamond Princess passengers.[119]
2020-02-20 Australia164Darwin International AirportTwo passengers later tested positive.[120]
2020-02-20 Ukraine72Ukraine 45
Argentina 8
Dominican Republic 5
Ecuador 5
El Salvador 4
Kazakhstan 2
Costa Rica 2
Israel 1
Montenegro 1
Panama 1
China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportKazakhstan Almaty International Airport
Kharkiv International Airport
Another 3 Ukrainian citizens and 1 foreign national were denied boarding the flight by Chinese authorities due to medical reasons. Two Kazakhstan citizens have left the airliner during the intermediate landing in Almaty, Kazakhstan. All remaining evacuees were taken to Kharkiv Airport and then they were transported by ground to the National Guard sanatorium in Novi Sanzhary for 14 days quarantine.[121]
2020-02-21 France64France 28
36 others
Paris(Airport unknown)All passengers were quarantined in Normandy.[122]
2020-02-21 Canada200+Japan Tokyo Haneda AirportCanadian Forces Base TrentonFlight for Diamond Princess passengers. After landing in Canada, passengers were held in quarantine in an hotel.[123]
2020-02-21 Taiwan19Taoyuan International AirportEvacuated Diamond Princess passengers.[124]
2020-02-21 Hong Kong84Hong Kong 82
Macau 2
Hong Kong International AirportSecond Hong Kong flight for Diamond Princess passengers. Macaunese passengers were taken to their homes by land over the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.[125]
2020-02-22 United Kingdom32United Kingdom 30
Republic of Ireland 2
Special plane for Diamond Princess passengers.[126]
2020-02-23 Hong Kong5 (excluding government workers)Hong Kong International AirportThird evacuation flight by Hong Kong for Diamond Princess passengers.[127]
2020-02-24 Taiwan2China Chengdu Shuangliu International AirportTaoyuan International AirportEvacuated a haemophiliac and his mother.[128]
2020-02-25 Philippines309Japan Tokyo Haneda AirportClark Air BaseRepatriates consist of 440 crew members and 5 tourists from the Diamond Princess.[129] The 445 Filipino repatriates were evacuated on two separate flights.[130]
136
2020-02-26 Malaysia66China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportKuala Lumpur International AirportSecond Malaysian flight from Wuhan, operated by AirAsia.[131]
2020-02-27 India111India 76
Bangladesh 23
China 6
Myanmar 2
Maldives 2
South Africa 1
United States 1
Madagascar 1
Indira Gandhi International AirportThis was the third evacuation flight sent by India to Wuhan. India also provided 15 tonnes of medical assistance comprising masks, gloves and other emergency medical equipment to China through the same Indian Air Force flight.[132][133]
2020-02-27124India 119
Sri Lanka 2
Nepal 1
South Africa 1
Peru 1
Japan Tokyo(Airport unknown)Indira Gandhi International AirportThis flight mostly had crew members of the Diamond Princess as passengers.[134]
2020-02-27 Colombia23Colombia 15
Spain 5
Mexico 3
China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportMilitary Transport Air CommandThe flight was operated by the Colombian Air Force. Upon arrival, they were quarantined at a sports villa in Bogotá.[135]
2020-03-02 Turkey11Istanbul AirportTaiwan Taoyuan International AirportAfter an Israeli passenger on another Turkish Airlines flight tested positive, the airline ran a special flight to take a Taiwanese tour group on the same flight as the confirmed case home.[136]
2020-03-04 United Arab Emirates215[137]Yemen 58[138]
Unknown number of nationals from nearby countries
China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportDubai International Airport
2020-03-04, 05 China311/309Iran Imam Khomeini International AirportLanzhou Zhongchuan International AirportTwo flights, with the first one being operated by China Southern Airlines, evacuated Chinese citizens to the western city.[139] A cluster of cases in Gansu, where Lanzhou is located, were linked to the evacuation.[140]
2020-03-04, 05 Hong Kong533China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportHong Kong International AirportThe Hong Kong government arranged four charter flights to bring back 533 of its residents from Wuhan. Upon arrival, they were quarantined in Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan.[141]
2020-03-07 Macau57[142]Macau International Airport
2020-03-07 Philippines167Macau Macau International AirportNinoy Aquino International AirportCharter flight organised to bring Overseas Filipino Workers home.[143]
2020-03-10 India58Iran Tehran(Airport unknown)Hindon AirportThe Indian Air Force used a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to evacuate Indian pilgrims from Iran.[144]
2020-03-10, 11 Taiwan361China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportTaoyuan International AirportAfter some conflict between the Chinese and Taiwanese governments, two flights, one operated by China Airlines with 169 evacuees and another by China Eastern Airlines carrying 192, arrived around 11 pm on 10 March and 4 am on the 11th respectively.[145]
2020-03-11 China164Iran Imam Khomeini International AirportChengdu Shuangliu International Airport
2020-03-11 India83India 74
Italy 6
United States 3
Italy Milan Malpensa AirportIndira Gandhi International AirportThe flight was operated by Air India. All the non-Indian citizens were of Indian origin. All evacuees were placed under quarantine for 14 days.[146]
2020-03-13 South Africa114China Wuhan Tianhe International AirportPolokwane International Airport112 South African citizens[147][148] were evacuated on a South African Airways aircraft chartered by the South African Government. Medical screening was performed prior to departure, four South Africans who were showing signs of coronavirus were left behind to mitigate risk. Only South Africans who tested negative were repatriated. Test results cleared all the South Africans, including the flight crew, pilots, hotel staff, police and soldiers who, as a precautionary measure, all remained under observation and in quarantine for a 14-day period[147][148] at The Ranch Resort.[149][150][151][152][153][154]
2020-03-14 Thailand89Italy Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino AirportU-Tapao International Airport89 Thai students and tourist were evacuated from Italy on a Thai Airways flight organised by Thai government. They were quarantined for 14 days in Sattahip Naval Base.

[155][156]

2020-03-15 India218Italy Milan Malpensa AirportIndira Gandhi International AirportAir India operated the flight. The evacuees brought to New Delhi will be shifted to Indo-Tibetan Border Police's camp in Chhawla area where they will be quarantined for 14 days.[157]
2020-03-15234Iran(Airport unknown)Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport131 students and 103 pilgrims, among others, were evacuated from Iran on a Mahan Air flight organised by the Indian Embassy. They were quarantined for 14 days in Indian Army's wellness centre facility in Jaisalmer.[158][159]
2020-03-1653Iran Tehran and Shiraz(Airport unknown)Jaisalmer Airport52 students and 1 teacher were evacuated by Air India and were then quarantined at an Army Wellness Centre in Jaisalmer.[160]
2020-03-18 Malaysia96India New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai (Airport unknown)Kuala Lumpur International AirportFirst batch of few hundred Malaysians stranded in India by an AirAsia flight.[161]
2020-03-19 South Korea80South Korea 74
Iran 6 (family members of SK nationals)
Iran Tehran Imam Khomeini International AirportSouth Korea Incheon International AirportAn Iran Air charter flight took the passengers from Tehran to Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport, where they transferred to an Asiana Airlines charter flight going to Incheon.[162]
2020-03-19 Taiwan72PeruLima International AirportUnited StatesMiami International AirportA group of 72 Taiwanese tourists flew from Lima to Miami on a privately chartered jet arranged by the Taiwanese government, after Peru declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and closed its borders on 16 March to all commercial traffic.[163]
2020-03-22 Canada444MoroccoCasablanca Mohammed V International AirportCanadaMontréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportAn Air Canada Charted flight brought 444 Canadians from Casablanca to Montréal.[164]
2020-03-23 Israel250+ItalyRome and Milan(Airport unknown)Ben Gurion AirportIsrair operated two flights from Italy to Tel Aviv, with mostly students on board.[165]
2020-03-24, 25 Canada402PeruLima International AirportCanadaToronto Pearson International AirportAn Air Canada Charted flight brought 402 Canadians from Lima to Peru.[166]
2020-03-25 United States1000+PeruLima International AirportUnited StatesAtlanta International AirportOn 25 March, the US government has repatriated over 1000 Americans from Peru.[167]
2020-03-25LiberiaMonrovia Roberts International AirportUnited StatesWashington Dulles International AirportA chartered medical flight with limited capacity that gave preference to the elderly flew from Monrovia to Washington DC.[168]
2020-03-25 Hong Kong500+ChinaWuhan Tianhe International AirportHong KongHong Kong International AirportA total of four flights will be chartered by the government to vacate citizens living in Hubei province outside of Wuhan city.[169]
2020-03-25 Brazil66Peru Cusco International AirportBrazil Porto Velho Air Force BaseThe two Hércules C-130 planes, of the Brazilian Air Force, carried out the rescue of 66 Brazilians who were stranded in Cuzco, Peru.[170]
2020-03-25, 26, 30, 31 United Kingdom1160+160Republic of Ireland
European Union
4 Hong Kong (dual citizenship with British National Overseas Passport)
PeruLima International Airport
Arequipa International Airport
Cusco International Airport
Pucallpa International Airport
United KingdomLondon Heathrow International AirportThe UK government has arranged 7 British Airways charted flights to bring back over 1160 British, Irish and EU Nationals from Lima to London.[171]
2020-03-26 Israel314+IndiaNew DelhiBen Gurion AirportAir India operated a flight from New Delhi, India to Tel Aviv.[172]
2020-03-26 South Korea198Peru Lima International AirportSouth Korea Incheon International AirportAn Aeroméxico Charted flight brought 198 Korean from Lima to Incheon.[173]
2020-03-27 Canada432MoroccoCasablanca Mohammed V International AirportCanadaMontréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportAn Air Canada Charted flight brought 432 Canadians from Casablanca to Montréal.[174]
2020-03-29 United States153ColombiaBogota El Dorado International AirportUnited StatesAtlanta International AirportThe U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, organised an evacuation flight for U.S. citizens from El Dorado Airport in Bogota to Atlanta.[175]
2020-03-29 Taiwan139Taiwan 55
Japan29
United States34
Singapore14
Malaysia7
PeruCusco International Airport
Lima International Airport
United StatesMiami International AirportThe flight, chartered by LATAM Airlines, departed from Cusco, a southeastern city in Peru, with 38 Taiwanese on board, then flew to the capital, Lima, to pick up an additional 17 Taiwanese Nationals. Another 84 passengers of four different nationalities—Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the U.S. – bringing the total number of passengers to 139. The flight landed in Miami and all the passengers can choose to stay in the city or bound to their own country.[176][177]
2020-03-30ChinaShanghai Pudong International AirportTaiwanTaoyuan International AirportTwo flights operated by China Airlines between Taoyuan and Shanghai will be opened to transport Taiwanese nationals in Hubei Province home.[178]
2020-03-31 Australia260PeruLima International AirportAustraliaSydney International AirportA group of about 260 Australians who paid at least $5,160 each for an evacuation flight out of Peru have returned home.[179]
2020-03-31 South Korea309Italy Milan Malpensa AirportSouth Korea Incheon International AirportA Korean Air Charted flight brought 309 Korean from Milan to Incheon.[180]
2020-04-01 United StatesColombiaBogota El Dorado International AirportUnited StatesEglin Air Force BaseThe U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, has organised an evacuation flight for U.S. citizens from El Dorado Airport in Bogota to Eglin Air Force Base in Destin, FL.[181]
2020-04-01300LiberiaMonrovia Roberts International AirportUnited StatesWashington Dulles International AirportThe Embassy of the United States in Liberia has announced the arrival of a second charted flight to evacuate its citizens from Liberia though the country has reported only three confirmed cases of Covid-19.[168]
2020-04-01  Switzerland203Switzerland
Norway
United Kingdom
United States
Canada
European Union
Hong Kong(dual citizenship with British National Overseas Passport)
Myanmar Yangon International AirportSwitzerland Zurich AirportAn Edelweiss Air Charted flight brought 203 Swiss, British, Norwegian, EU, American and Canadian nationals from Yangon to Zurich. The first direct flight from Myanmar to Europe.[182]
2020-04-01 South Korea205Italy Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

Italy Milan Malpensa Airport

South Korea Incheon International AirportA Korean Air Charted flight brought 205 Korean from Rome and Milan to Incheon.[183]
2020-04-02 United StatesColombiaBogota El Dorado International AirportUnited StatesFort Lauderdale–Hollywood International AirportThe U.S. Embassy announced that Spirit Airlines will operate a humanitarian flight from Bogota, Colombia on 2 April 2020. The flight will depart from El Dorado International Airport and arrive at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[184]
2020-04-03 Hong Kong76Hong Kong65
Malaysia6
United Kingdom5
PeruCusco International Airport
Lima International Airport
United KingdomLondon Heathrow International AirportThe Hong Kong Government has arranged a charted flight to bring 65 Hong Kongers, 6 Malaysians and 5 Britons from Lima to London, then the Hong Kongers will go on board a regular connecting flight with secured bookings from London to Hong Kong. For those Hong Kongers and Malaysians who are stranded in Cusco, they will also take a domestic charted flight arranged by the Hong Kong government flying to Lima.[185]
2020-04-18 Taiwan60United Arab EmiratesDubai International AirportTaiwanTaiwan Taoyuan International AirportThe Taiwanese government organised an Emirates charter flight taking 60 Taiwanese nationals back from UAE to Taiwan.[186]
2020-04-21 Brazil368Hanoi–Noi Bai International Airport

Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi Airport

Medan–Kuala Namu International Airport

São Paulo–Guarulhos International AirportA Garuda Indonesia plane chartered by Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs repatriated a total of 368 Brazilians from Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia to São Paulo with stopover in Amsterdam. The flight was planned to depart on 16 April but later rescheduled after Qatari government denied the flight to make stopover in Qatar.[187]
2020-04-28 Ukraine259United StatesMiami International AirportUkraineKyiv International Airport[188]
2020-04-30 Hong Kong319PakistanIslamabad International AirportHong KongHong Kong International AirportThe very first flight to take back Hong Kongers from Pakistan after the nationwide lockdown. An estimated number of 2000 Hong Kong citizens are stranded in different parts of the country.[189]
2020-04-30 FijiAustraliaMelbourne International AirportFijiNadi International AirportAll guests are advised that only Fiji citizens (Fijian passport holders) are able to enter Fiji at this time. As with all recent evacuation flights arrivals, all arriving guests will be required to go into self-isolation at a Fijian Government-mandated facility for 28 days.[190]
2020-05-18 Hong Kong249IndiaIndira Gandhi International AirportHong KongHong Kong International AirportThe very first flight to take back Hong Kongers from India after the nationwide lockdown. An estimated number of 3500 Hong Kong citizens are stranded in different parts of the country.[191]

Large-scale domestic evacuations

France

The French government has strategically moved coronavirus patients from harder-hit areas to those with less cases to spread out the strain on the hospital system. Evacuations done for this purpose include one from Corsica using a naval ship[192] and a series of high-speed TGV trains from Grand-Est to other regions.[193][194]

India

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the country's central and state governments coordinated numerous international and domestic evacuations.

Philippines

The national and local governments of Philippines have established and facilitated a program to evacuate its citizens and local migrant workers from COVID-19 hit regions to their home provinces.

Controversies and issues

Quarantine locations

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans in late January 2020 to quarantine Australian citizens evacuated from Wuhan, including children and the elderly, for a period of 14 days on Christmas Island. The decision to repatriate those citizens using controversial detention facilities formerly used to detain asylum seekers before they were shut down in 2018 has received criticism.[195] Controversially, the government plan also necessitates those evacuees to pay a fee of A$1,000, and would take them to Perth after the quarantine period, where they would need to arrange their own transportation back to their home cities.[196] The Australian Medical Association, in a statement on the same day, stated that the decision to hold Australian citizens in "a place where has been previously the focus of populations under enormous mental and physical trauma and anguish, is not a really appropriate solution."[197]

In some places, local residents rallied against the decision to quarantine evacuees in their region. Residents of Nautana protested against the Indonesian government in early February 2020 for letting the evacuees stay there. Hundreds staged demonstrations and burned tires. As a result, Brimob and Indonesian National Armed Forces troops were deployed to ensure stable security conditions.[198] To protect and give health assurance to local people, President Joko Widodo ordered Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto to open a temporary office in Natuna.[199]

In the Philippines, the usage of the New Clark City development as a quarantine site was met with opposition from the municipal council of Capas. The local legislative said that they were not consulted by the national Department of Health and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority regarding the plan and suggested the national government to consider a more isolated area as a quarantine site.[200]

After healthy Ukrainian evacuees returned from Wuhan to Ukraine on 20 February 2020, misinformation caused riots as protestors railed against the decision to quarantine the passengers nearby the day after they flew back, and the evacuees' bus was attacked.[201][202]

Fees and payment responsibility

Due to the nature of evacuation flights, being flown empty one-way and being arranged by charter airlines in many cases at short notice, many passengers have had to pay substantial fees for a seat.[203] Notably, the U.S. Department of State couldn't show that the prices it charged passengers for some chartered flights complied with its fare policy because it didn't have written guidance for calculating and documenting actual costs.[204] In the United States, a bill was introduced in Congress to propose waiving waiving travel expenses for US citizens evacuated.[205] and in Nigeria, flights have been subsidised by the government.[206] Indian migrant workers also suffered with high prices, which were compounded by their lack of income due to the lockdown and economic downturn.[207][208] In response, the Jharkhand government and Congress Party branch said it would pay train fares for migrants leaving the state as well as organise special trains for residents to get to their hometowns.[209]

Improper procedures

In the United States, a Department of Health and Human Services employee claimed that the workers who received Americans from the first evacuation from Wuhan were inadequately trained and equipped.[210][211]

Notes

  1. ^ Includes Non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs). PIOs, are technically foreign citizens.
  2. ^ At least 15 foreign citizens were evacuated. This figure was based on a 25 May flight which evacuated South Korean, Japanese, and American citizens.[12]
  3. ^ Only flights activated under and/or sponsored by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
  4. ^ a b As of 2 April 2020.
  5. ^ As of 30 September 2019, the Peace Corps had 7,334 members serving or being trained.[18]
  6. ^ If all passengers were nationals of the country that organised the evacuation, no note is made.
  7. ^ 54 New Zealand citizens and 44 Chinese New Zealand permanent residents
  8. ^ 23 Australian citizens and 12 Chinese Australian permanent residents

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