EgyptAir to repatriate students who arrived in Bucharest from Ukraine

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Mar 2022

Egypt will send a plane to Romania’s capital of Bucharest on Tuesday to repatriate Egyptian students who crossed the border of war-torn Ukraine into its western neighbour.

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The plane, operated by flagship carrier EgyptAir, will take off for Bucharest this afternoon, the Egyptian Cabinet said in a statement.

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine started last week, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, including 3,000 students studying at the country's universities, especially in medicine.

The Russian invasion continued for the sixth day on Tuesday, claiming scores of lives and forcing more than 500,000 people to flee from the country, according to the UN.

Egypt has not recorded any deaths of Egyptian students, but an Egyptian citizen was injured in an airstrike in Kharkiv over the weekend and is currently in stable condition, according to officials.

The government directed the Egyptian Embassy in Kyiv to provide all support and care to the injured national and other Egyptian expats in Ukraine.

More than 1,200 Egyptian students have arrived in Poland and 250 others have reached Romania from Ukraine, Egypt’s Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram said on Monday.

Egypt has urged expats in the western cities of Ukraine to move to neighbouring Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. Authorities, however, affirmed that Egyptians in the capital, Kyiv, and eastern citizens, which are under heavy Russian attacks, should stay at home and shelters.

Hungary requires Egyptian students entering the country to have an unexpired passport and unexpired Ukrainian residence permit.

The Egyptian embassy in Poland, however, announced on Monday that Egyptians coming from Ukraine with expired passports will be allowed to cross the border into the country, and the embassy will issue temporary travel documents to facilitate their return to Egypt.

The Egyptian embassy in Romania has also urged Egyptians coming from Ukraine with expired passports to contact it, as it is working with Romanian authorities to facilitate their entry into Romania.

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