Foreign Ministry of Latvia holds talks on repatriation flights from Israel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ĀM) is currently in contact with airBaltic about possible solutions for bringing Latvians in Israel to Latvia, the Ministry told LETA October 9.

ĀM is also in contact with repatriation flights organized by other European Union Member States, which would allow Latvian nationals to leave Israel, the Ministry's representatives said.

Until now, Latvian nationals have approached the Embassy and Ministry for consultations mainly on the availability of flights or the organization of an evacuation flight. Israeli airspace is still not closed to international air traffic, however several airlines, including airBaltic, choose not to operate flights at this time. Flights with some airlines are still possible.

According to data published by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP), Israel has more than 5,000 Latvian nationals, most of whom are dual citizens of Latvia and Israel. The Foreign Ministry has information about about 100 Latvian nationals currently in Israel.

ĀM said embassy staff were safe and working in full composition.

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