Salisbury backpacker's Peruvian nightmare finally over

Salisbury backpacker's Peruvian nightmare finally over

Published by Mike Draper at 3:02pm 20th April 2020. (Updated at 3:18pm 20th April 2020)

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Chris Ramsay was stranded in the city of Cusco, after the hostel he was staying at was placed into lockdown.

He has been there since the 16th March and has been trying to find a way home ever since

During that time, he also tested positive for coronavirus.

The backpacker has now landed back in the UK after managing to secure a flight out of Peru

Yesterday (19th April) Chris posted a photo on his Facebook page of him and a group of other tourists in a Peruvian airport waiting for their flight. 

But he had to fly to Germany first and try to make his way home from there. 

Chris said that due to lockdown measures, the only way to get out of the airport in Germany was to get a flight home

So he spent an "extortionate amount" to get a plane to Heathrow and is now back in the UK.

Chris Ramsay's room in Peru
Chris was stuck in this room for 35 days in his hostel


During this difficult period for Chris, he has been getting some support from Salisbury MP John Glen.

He has been following his progress and been in contact with him and his family since the issue arose. 

Mr Glen also spoke to the Foreign Office Minister about Chris's case.

He told Spire FM that he was pleased to hear he was home: 

"I have been tracking his journey with his family since he was on the tarmac in Lima last evening and I am delighted he is back in the UK. It has been a long and complicated process."

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