Foreign Affairs Committee calls for stories of those stranded abroad due to COVID-19
1 April 2020
The Foreign Affairs Committee is calling for personal stories from Britons of their experiences accessing consular services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are inviting people to submit information through our survey. Submissions will not be considered formal written evidence.
In particular, the Committee would like to examine whether:
- the FCO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is sufficient
- communications from the FCO are clear
- embassies are providing a consistent and effective service
- and how effective the FCO have been at helping people get back to the UK
The deadline for submission is 5pm on Monday 13 April 2020.
Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat MP, said:
"The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left tens of thousands of British citizens stranded and in need of urgent consular support.
In some cases these individuals are key workers; police officers, nurses and doctors, who are desperate to return to their lives in the UK and to aid in our effort to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sometimes they are people who are running out of essential medication.
Embassies and consular services are the backbone of the FCO’s work abroad and the current pandemic has placed this system under considerable strain.
At moments of acute crises like this, the FCO’s role representing and protecting Britons abroad becomes more important than ever.
The Foreign Affairs Committee wants to hear from those who have recent experiences, both positive and negative, accessing and utilising consular services during the COVID-19 pandemic
We need to hear from you. Your story has the potential to direct the focus of the Committee and to hone our understanding of the problems that British citizens stranded abroad face."