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May 08, 2020

Coronavirus Update: More Hungarians repatriated

The foreign minister has revealed that a plane landed in Budapest on Thursday with 120 Hungarians aboard returning mostly from North America.

The foreign minister has revealed that a plane landed in Budapest on Thursday with 120 Hungarians aboard returning mostly from North America.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told MTI that the government has so far helped 9,529 Hungarian nationals return from 116 countries across the world, in the “greatest rescue operation in Hungary’s history” launched three months ago. He said arrangements are being made to repatriate a further 624 Hungarians.

Thursday’s plane is the third such flight bringing people back from the US and Canada, this time from New York, Miami and Toronto, stopping also in Reykjavík to pick up further passengers. The flight also carried 21 Slovaks, 4 Czechs, 4 Slovenians and 2 Austrian citizens, rescued as part of central European cooperation.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu