Rescue Australians Stranded in Peru due to Coronavirus

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country of Peru closed its borders for a 15-day "self-imposed" quarantine on 16/3 at 11:59PM with no grace period or warning to allow travelers to return home.

On hearing the news, trying to get a flight out on 16/3 was like a scene out of an apocalyptic movie - the airport had crowds of people massing outside, police in riot gear with shields and military rifles, with single one-way flights going up to $6,300. Now, the airport is closed. Even flights booked after the 15 days, on April 1, are being canceled. We hope we're allowed to go home even after 15 days.

The quarantine doesn't allow going outside from 8pm to 5am. No walking in groups. Police cars are patrolling constantly, and we see Instagram videos that they can arrest you in the streets. It is frightening to be stuck in a country where you don't speak the language, and you don't know if they offer the same citizen rights as Australia.

There are about 338 Australians in Peru with at least 60 in rural areas with some up to 18hrs from Lima by car. There are also 50 in Ecuador & some in Bolivia, Argentina & Brazil. There are nearly 800 in the greater Central & South American region.

Only government to government repatriation flights are now allowed out of Calleo air base in Peru.

We know Australia are trying to send a plane. But we also need ground clearance to get everyone to the plane as we risk imprisonment if we get in a vehicle without it & we need the flights to be affordable or able to be paid once home. Not everyone has the $5160 that Chimu Adventures is asking.

The UK did it & now have a plane coming for £250 to be paid once they return home. They also got their people to the airport, even those 18 hrs away from Lima in govt sanctioned minivans. Chile has done it. USA & many others.

We also need information from govt, ideally via email confirming that the flight & transport is DFAT endorsed. Many people are buying these flights, blowing their budgets with no guarantees.

We also need ALL people repatriated with none left behind.

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