Norwegians who were stuck in Argentina due to the Coronavirus, are home

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About 70 Norwegians or people with Norwegian residency permits have been flown home from Argentina after the Foreign Ministry came across a vacant charter aircraft.

A Boeing flight from Czech Smartwing landed on Friday morning at Gardermoen after a 19-hour journey from Argentina. Onboard there were 150 people from the Nordic countries, among them 70 from Norway, of which 41 are Norwegian citizens, VG writes.

Travelers had been trapped in Argentina after the country’s authorities last week banned all commercial flights until September 1. Some had canceled their return, others had been in strict quarantine since March 20 when the Argentine government imposed closed borders.

The flight came to a standstill after the Norwegian authorities gained access to a charter plane parked in neighboring Uruguay after transporting people on assignment for the company Aker BioMarine.

– “We suddenly got access to this charter flight in Uruguay last week,” says Norway’s ambassador to Argentina, Lars Vaagen to VG. He adds that the permit was not in place until Monday.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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