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FOI Request 20/084




FOI Request 20/084


The number of chartered flights sent to return stranded Irish citizens home from countries which went into lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The cost of these chartered flights, and how many citizens were returned

How many Irish citizens made contact with the DFA Covid-19 phone number from 1 January - 1 April 2020. How many of these queries related to repatriation, another government's Covid-19 advice, or healthcare professionals wanting to return home.

From which five countries did the majority of queries arise, and could we get five samples of correspondence from each country Irish citizens were writing/calling from.


April 16, 2020


July 10, 2020

Reply 20/084