The Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi (India) is preparing its facilities to welcome Spanish tourists who are going to be repatriated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of the COVID-19 crisis.
“In view of the possibility of temporarily converting itself into a centre for the accommodation of Spanish tourists who are waiting to leave India, the Cervantes Institute has begun to reorganize its premises and furniture”, the institution reported yesterday, one day after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, advanced this possibility during a virtual press conference.
According to the Cervantes, “the large building can temporarily house, with a certain amount of space, some 64 people, who would be installed in the 16 classrooms located on the first floor (four people per classroom)”. In addition, and “while waiting for the Embassy to provide the necessary elements for the Spanish tourists to stay overnight, those responsible for the Institute in New Delhi are preparing spaces that can serve as dining and cleaning areas”.
“In this way, the Cervantes Institute in the Indian capital, which currently has no activity in the fight against the coronavirus, would concentrate Spanish tourists who have not yet been able to leave that country of 1,300 million people, given the difficulties or the refusal of hotels to accommodate them or the foreseeable closure of many of them”, it continued.
“The Instituto Cervantes has made available to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (to which it is attached) its entire network of centres, especially those in Asia, to help Spaniards who have difficulties returning to our country”, it concluded.