The first charter flight to repatriate US citizens has departed, according to the US Embassy in Guatemala.
“We are committed to helping Americans return home during #COVIDー19,” the embassy tweeted along with a video of the plane taking off.
Two flights are expected to leave from Guatemala City to the US Monday.
In an alert Sunday, the embassy said it did not know when civilian flights would resume in Guatemala following the government-coordinated charter flights, and urged travelers to continue to check the availability of commercial flights.
"Flight seats will be prioritized for U.S. citizens and their eligible family members (including those with identified health concerns), Legal Permanent Residents of the United States, and then others as seats may become available," the embassy said Sunday. “Since flights may occur on short notice and all flights will depart from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, we urge eligible travelers who are currently outside of the Guatemala City metro area to begin preparations to move towards the capital."