Both countries’ decision to close their ports and airports to all incoming passenger, which has brought all commercial air traffic to a halt for the time being, left many Germans and other European tourists stranded, unable to get home from their holiday destination. As the subsequent closure of most hotels added to the urgency of their situation, the German government decided to include Jamaica and Bahamas in its worldwide effort to bring everybody home during the current Coronavirus-crisis.
In the context of the extended repatriation operation put in place for Cuba, where several thousand Germans got stuck, the airplanes chartered by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a stop-over in Montego Bay on 31 March and in Nassau on 2 April to board stranded German tourists there as well. In both instances, they were joined by citizens from other European Union member states who found themselves in the same predicament.
In Jamaica, the Embassy sent a team to the airport to register all passengers for boarding, while German Honorary Consul Herman-Josef Hermanns in the Bahamas did the same in Nassau with the assistance of his designated successor, Christian Illing.
In spite of all the logistical difficulty and the short notice for this operation, everybody who wanted to get on these flights managed to do so in the end. The German Embassy would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both Jamaica and the Bahamas as well as all other government agencies involved for their flexibility and their valuable Support!