The first repatriation flight with Dutch people stranded in Morocco because of the corona virus landed at Schiphol in the night from Sunday to Monday. Foreign Minister Stef Blok already reported on Twitter on Sunday evening that the flight was on its way.

The plane, a Boeing 767 of travel company TUI, departed from the Moroccan coastal city of Casablanca. The plane landed in Amsterdam around 0.30 am.

The Dutch were on board the plane with 'urgent situations'. 'Urgent situations' include Dutch people who need medicines or other medical care.

In total, about three thousand Dutch people have been detained in Morocco since the country took measures last month to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In Morocco a total lockdown applies and the borders are closed. Until Sunday it was therefore not possible to get stranded Dutch people home.

Good news. The first flight from Morocco with stranded travelers in urgent situations is on its way to NL. Thanks to the Moroccan authorities for the cooperation. We continue to work hard to ensure that the other travelers also return home safely.

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On Twitter from Blok, he thanks the Moroccan authorities for calling the return of the first Dutch people "good news". "Thanks to the Moroccan authorities for the cooperation. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the other travelers also return home safely," said the minister.