The proposed measures to repatriate stranded Yemeni citizens include coronavirus testing in the countries of departure, home quarantine on arrival and regular testing.
Yemen coronavirus committee seeks repatriation of Yemenis stranded abroad
Yemen’s National Emergency Committee for Coronavirus has adopted a new framework to repatriate Yemenis stranded abroad.
The new measures – which include coronavirus testing in the countries of departure, home quarantine on arrival and regular testing – come against the backdrop of fears about spreading the disease across borders.
In a statement, the committee said it would consider repatriating those who traveled abroad for health treatment, tourism or work and found themselves stuck once coronavirus restrictions hampered their return. With the assistance of the United Nations and other international organizations, the committee said it would help organize the return of Yemenis through all territories and ports, including Houthi-controlled areas.
The committee called on the relevant authorities, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health and Population to focus efforts on implementing the measures.
Editing by Ahlam Mohsen and Casey Coombs