Egypt's immigration ministry transfers home 1,700 Egyptians stranded in Sudan

Zeinab El-Gundy , Friday 20 Mar 2020

Egypt's Immigration Minister Nabila (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's emigration ministry announced on Friday that 1,700 Egyptian nationals in Sudan had been transferred back home by bus, after being stranded in the neighbouring country following the suspension of flights.

Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs Minister Nabila Makram told the media there had been coordination between different ministries since hearing about the plight of Egyptian citizens stranded in Sudan.

At least 30 buses were sent to transfer the Egyptian citizens from the Qastal border crossing between Egypt and Sudan.

The crossing was open on Friday to allow the transfer of the Egyptian citizens.

EgyptAir suspended flights to Khartoum on 13 March in compliance with the Sudanese government's decision to suspend flights to Egypt, part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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