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Australia Young family trapped in Peru after travelling there for a wedding are forced to pay $30,000 to escape after coronavirus lockdown

04:14  27 march  2020
04:14  27 march  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A family are trapped in Peru after coronavirus shut down commercial flights. A young family has been forced to pay $ 30 , 000 to fly home Alex Wallace and Geneva Meldrum, from Sydney's affluent northern beaches, travelled to South America on March 14 with Ms Meldrum's parents for a wedding .

Coronavirus has stranded many Australian travellers far from home as countries shut their borders. Hundreds are in Peru where the military is enforcing a tou Hundreds are in Peru where the military is enforcing a tough new lockdown .

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A young family has been forced to pay $30,000 to fly home from Peru after they became stranded amid the coroanvirus pandemic.

Alex Wallace and Geneva Meldrum, from Sydney's affluent northern beaches, travelled to South America on March 14 with Ms Meldrum's parents for a wedding.

But the day after they arrived in Cieneguilla, an hour outside of Peru's capital Lima, they were told Peru would be shutting its borders.

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Despite waiting for hours for last minute tickets home the family of six were turned away after airlines sold out.  

a group of people posing for a photo: Alex Wallace and Geneva Meldrum, from Sydney's affluent northern beaches, travelled to South America on March 14 with Ms Meldrum's parents for a wedding © Provided by Daily Mail Alex Wallace and Geneva Meldrum, from Sydney's affluent northern beaches, travelled to South America on March 14 with Ms Meldrum's parents for a wedding 'The next morning we were very anxious. We contacted our travel agent because we didn't know what was going on. My mother went to the Latam (airline) office in Lima, but it was locked and no one was there,' Ms Meldrum.

The desperate mother-of-two called the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who advised her that some flights were still leaving the country in order to repatriate people who were stuck abroad. 

They spoke to travel agency Chimu Adventures who were able to sell them six tickets at $5,000 each. 

It is believed the family is due to leave Peru on Sunday after they suffered a series of setbacks. 

'Our first date for departure was March 24th, then that was moved to March 27th which is now delayed again with no set date. So we are waiting. It's scary,' Ms Meldrum said. 

a black and white photo of a person: The day after they arrived in Cieneguilla, an hour outside of Peru's capital Lima, the family were told Peru would be shutting its borders © Provided by Daily Mail The day after they arrived in Cieneguilla, an hour outside of Peru's capital Lima, the family were told Peru would be shutting its borders a couple of people posing for the camera: The family is now booked on a flight and will be making their way back to Australia on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail The family is now booked on a flight and will be making their way back to Australia on Sunday While the family said they are desperate to get home after struggling to find food. 

Shopping has proved difficult due to daily lockdowns from 8pm to 5am and the family are unable to use taxis because they are not permanent residents. 

'I'm most concerned about my kids getting sick here. We don't have a car and don't have a driver who can drive us. We have no nappies for my two year old, so it's really hard and stressful,' Ms Meldrum said.

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