Anxious Tasmanians stranded overseas

STRANDED: Chavelli Sulikowski in Egypt

STRANDED: Chavelli Sulikowski in Egypt

A Tasmanian woman and her mother stranded in the Middle East due to Covid-19 flight bans are pleading for any type of government assistance to get them home.

Chavelli Sulikowski was volunteering in Egypt before the pandemic hit and became stranded when the country introduced a flight ban on March 19.

Ms Sulikowski said she has had 10 flights cancelled, including a recent booking for July 17.

The Federal Government's travel caps on inbound flights and passengers have added to the Sulikowsi's difficulty in getting home.

"After months of lockdown and curfews imposed in Egypt, the flight cancellations, and anxiety about keeping safe in Africa during a global pandemic, we are utterly exhausted, anxious, and totally horrified by the vilification and lack of support that Australians stranded overseas are receiving from the Australian government," she said.

"Anything that you can do to help our situation and get us home is so much appreciated. We are desperate to get home...Things are dire here, we can't even get basic provisions at times, even Vitamin C has run out in the country."

Senior politicians, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, have stated that Australians overseas should have returned by now and have had ample opportunity to return, but this is not the case for Ms Sulikowski.

"I could not return home until Egypt lifted its flight ban on July 1. Now I can't even get into my own country," she said.

"I just want to come home. Please help get the flight restrictions and caps on passenger numbers repealed. What Scott Morrison is doing is not fair or just, or even constitutional."

A government spokesman said the Tasmanian government will write to the Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne to seek support for the Sulikowski's return to Australia.

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