The luggage had been sterilized, and the passengers had been tested before they headed to a hotel where they would be quarantined for 14 days - Press photo
CAIRO – 5 April 2020: The second EgyptAir flight carrying around 250 stranded Egyptians, including 49 students aged between 15 and 17, from Washington landed on Sunday in Marsa Alam airport.
The luggage had been sterilized, and the passengers had been tested before they headed to a hotel where they would be quarantined for 14 days.
"The State-owned airlines EgyptAir operated on Thursday an exceptional flight to Heathrow Airport to bring back the Egyptian nationals stranded in London," said the company in a statement.
EgyptAir and other state-owned airlines operated around 40 flights to bring back stranded Egyptians from different countries in the Arab World and Europe mainly.
Egypt suspended aviation for 30 days starting March 19, exempting cargo and domestic flights. However, tourists who had arrived before the date were allowed to continue their programs and return on previously scheduled dates.
Some tourists wanted to remain in Egypt in fear of COVID-19 spread in their countries so they were allowed to stay provided that the travel agencies ensure their the extension of their visas' duration, and that they undergo coronavirus tests.