WHILE thousands of nationals outside Trinidad and Tobago await exemptions to come home, the Government is being asked to look at a flight programme to accommodate “dual citizens” stuck in T&T, many of whom are elderly and in need of medical attention abroad.
Several people reaching out to the Express said they have applied for exemptions to leave T&T — using the dedicated email address provided by National Security Minister Stuart Young on July 6, but have received no response.
They have questioned statements by Government officials in recent weeks that the State will look at a repatriation partnership with the national carrier, Caribbean Airlines, saying it is extremely difficult for the average citizen to acquire information on charter flights operating locally.
When flight opportunities do present themselves, the cost is prohibitive, they said.
Speaking at the Ministry of Health virtual news conference to update on Covid-19, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday he had no information on charter operations in the country at this time and directed questions on the issue to Young.
Young, who was not present at the news conference, did not respond to questions as to the number of people applying for exemptions to leave T&T and the current status of charter operations.
He had said while Trinidad and Tobago’s borders remain closed and Government will continue to cautiously manage repatriation into the country, those wishing to leave were “free” to do so.
He said the Ministry of National Security had set up a dedicated email address — firstname.lastname@example.org — so that applications to leave are not mixed up with those applying for exemptions to return to T&T.