Foreign Affairs Minister Teodoro Ribera has announced the launch of a repatriation plan organized by Peru and Chile to allow their citizens to return to their respective countries. The opening of the shared border amidst the measures taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will make it possible for over 300 Chileans and around 1,200 Peruvians to return home.
“It took quite some time to design this plan. Chile’s borders have been open to receive our citizens, but other countries have adopted stricter policies, mainly to address the pandemic,” the Minister commented.
Minister Ribera explained that 114 Chileans will travel from Cusco, Arequipa and Tacna by bus to Arica today, while eight others will make the journey from Llo by other vehicles. The process will be completed gradually until Wednesday, May 27, in accordance with a rigorous timeline that was set as part of the repatriation plan.
Thanks to this operative, “86 Argentines in Peru will also benefit from this plan. They will enter Chile under a police escort and then cross into Argentina through the Paso Jama border crossing near San Pedro de Atacama,” Minister Ribera added.
Meanwhile, Peruvians who have been stranded in Arica will leave the country between Saturday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 26.