South Africans repatriated after being stranded in Dubai

File: A Boeing 777 seen taking off. AFP/Saul Loeb

JOHANNESBURG - Eight South Africans have landed in the country on Wednesday following several days stranded in Dubai.

The people were stuck at Dubai International Airport from 25 March for several days after their flight was cancelled. 

The travellers returned to the country in a Boeing 777 that was transporting cargo.

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The eight people are to be quarantined for 21 days. All eight have been tested and are COVID-19 negative.

DA MP Darren Bergman congratulated and thanked the minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor for facilitating the return of the group.

He said Dirco would be working hard to repatriate all 1,481 stranded South Africans abroad.

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Pandor said plans to repatriate South Africans stranded abroad are being worked on.

International flights have largely been barred from operating.

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