Nearly a month after the COVID-19 has completely messed up the air transport and caused the closure of borders of many countries, of Quebec always taken in Asia deplored the lack of effectiveness of Canada to repatriate its nationals, unlike other G8 countries who have already chartered several flights of relief. To this day, 1020 loans totaling$ 3.4 Million have been approved by the assistance program of canada to help canadian travellers to cover the costs to return to the country. About 2000 other loan applications are being processed currently. Here are the stories of travelers who are still waiting to be rescued.
A REPATRIATION TOMORROW ?
A sexagenarian of the Beauce hope to be finally repatriated from Nepal tomorrow, but laments the slow pace of the process.
“It’s been at least three weeks that we try to get help from the government, of embassies to return to the country. It is super scary to live in such a crisis abroad, we are left to ourselves “, drops Odette Beaulé, 68 years, of St. Georges, in the Beauce region.
The journey of the lady has taken a sharp turn for the steep, when the country decided to close its borders. It multiplies, since the steps to go back.
“A plane of Qatar Airways has been mandated by the government of Canada to repatriate us [tomorrow], for $ 3000 per person. For the moment, no one has had his plane tickets, and it is not yet known how to obtain them and where to attend “, she says, railing against the price.
– Jérémy Bernier, Le Journal de Québec
“IT’S STARTING TO BE ANNOYING “
A Quebec taken in Nepal feels guilty for having to take advantage of the resources of this poor country of Asia, where it is feared above all getting sick.
“It’s starting to become annoying. You see travelers from other countries such as Germany or France who have already been repatriated, and we are still there because the government is not large-thing, ” says Guillaume Phaneuf, 27 years old, there since February.
The nepalese people are friendly with foreigners, according to the young man, but he said they feel ” guilty of abuse of their hospitality “.
“If someone gets sick here, it becomes very problematic, even if this is not the COVID-19. It is little developed. They do not have protective equipment for their nurses and their doctors “, he explains.
“WE DID EVERYTHING TO COME BACK “
A couple québécois confined in a hotel in Puerto Princesa, on an island of the Philippines, would like to see Canada take the lead to offer a rescue plan to be concrete, after three cancelled flights.
“Yes, we keep hope. But concern is growing every day “, said with sobs in the voice Sylvie Gauthier, 43 years old. She and her husband, Stéphane Gonthier, would normally have had to be away since April 3, but their flight has been cancelled.
“We did everything to come back, but three of our flights tempted have also been cancelled. It starts to get expensive. We don’t even know if it’s going to be repaid, she says. It is really necessary that they organize domestic flights to Manila and from there everyone can leave at the same time. “
HE ASKED THE CLEMENCY OF CANADA
A Quebec taken in Bangkok hope to be able to be repatriated to the country with his wife, a native of the Philippines, even if she does not have her canadian citizenship.
“I can’t abandon it behind me, it is too dangerous, leave it alone Patrice Hébert, age 57, in the region of Bellechasse. She cannot return to her home, the airport of Davao where she lives is closed until we don’t know when. “
The man, who has been married since march of 2019 with his wife Marsha, wished that Canada should show “leniency” and welcome the time that the situation clears up.
“We made two applications for a tourist visa in the past and even if she met all the criteria, they were refused,” he says. However, we have done everything as it should. “