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Mike Pompeo Mike Pompeo speaking to members of the Media. State Department Photo by Ronny Pryzsucha

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Pompeo Warns Americans to Fly Home 'Immediately'

The Secretary of State has urged Americans wanting to fly back to the States to do so before commercial flights cease operation

Published on April 1, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday urged overseas Americans who want to return to the USA to do so "immediately" before commercial flights cease operation.

Speaking to members of the media, Secretary Pompeo said "Americans abroad who wish to return home should do so immediately and make arrangements to accomplish that." Explaining the need for urgency, he remarked that "We do not know in some countries how long the continued commercial flights in your country may continue to operate. We can’t guarantee the US Government’s ability to arrange chartered flights indefinitely where commercial options no longer exist." He did, however, also reassure Americans abroad that "We remain steadfast and committed to getting you all back."

The news comes after a similar warning from the US Embassy London last week, in which overseas Americans were advised to "be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. US citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.

Despite travel bans for most European nations still in place, US Citizens are allowed to fly back to the USA, so if you're among those Americans who want to return to the States, it's recommended that you do so as soon as possible.


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