Second group of Taiwanese tourists in Peru take private charter to U.S.

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/29/2020
By: Matt Yu and Chiang Yi-ching

MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou / CNA file photo

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) 55 Taiwanese tourists flew from Peru to the United States on a private chartered jet Sunday, the second group of Taiwanese nationals to do so since the South American country closed its borders due to fears over the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.

The passengers landed at Miami International Airport at 10 a.m. Sunday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and will now be free to decide whether to return to Taiwan.

The flight, chartered by LATAM Airlines, departed from Cusco, a southeastern city in Peru, with 38 Taiwanese on board, then flew to the capital, Lima, to pick up an additional 17 Taiwanese nationals, said MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安).

Also on the flight were another 84 passengers of four different nationalities — Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the U.S. — bringing the total number of passengers to 139, Ou said.

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