SOMERVILLE, NJ - Central New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has been working to bring home 31 constituents and family members of constituents who have been stranded abroad as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
They all had left for overseas missions, work, study, and vacations before the State Department travel advisories warned against international travel.
Without notice, many countries closed their borders, severely limiting commercial flights, and leaving constituents stranded and forced to shelter in place in often under resourced hotels and temporary facilities at significant personal financial cost.
To date, Representative Malinowski and his staff have worked with the State Department to bring 22 Americans home from countries including Guatemala, Indonesia, Morocco, and Argentina. The Congressman and his staff remain in close contact with those remaining and are aggressively exploring avenues to bring them home. They are located in Peru, India, Ethiopia and on the Zaandam cruise ship.
“I am deeply concerned that so many Americans remain stranded abroad nearly two weeks after travel restrictions were put in place,” said Representative Malinowski. “The progress our office has made with the State Department is encouraging but the Administration must devote more resources to bringing these Americans home, and I will not stop pushing until each one is back with their families.”
If you or a loved one are traveling internationally, please make sure the trip is registered through the State Department's STEP program. This is a free service that allows U.S. citizens to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, including the latest travel advisories related to COVID-19.