Rescue flights to bring back hundreds of British tourists stranded in Peru will begin next week, the Foreign Office has said.
Around (UK nationals are stuck in the South American country after it closed its borders and stopped all flights amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab secured permission for a UK flight to leave Peru, the Foreign Office said.
It added officials will work to arrange further flights in coming days.
The Peruvian government placed the country into lockdown last Monday, with no flights allowed to enter or leave without government permission.
A nine-hour curfew is also in place between : and 5: 10 and all shops are closed except for pharmacies and stores selling food.
Earlier this week, some of the Britons stuck in the country said
they faced serious health problems or were running out of cash.
Many said they felt the UK government was not doing enough to get them home at a time when other nations – like Germany and Israel – were funding the high costs of repatriations.
On Saturday, the Foreign Office said Mr Raab had spoken to his Peruvian counterpart and secured permission for a flight to leave early next week.
Mr Raab tweeted: “I had a good conversation this afternoon with my opposite number in Peru, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra.
“Amidst all the challenges of tackling coronavirus, we committed to working together in the coming days to enable UK nationals in Peru and Peruvian nationals in the UK to return home.”
The Foreign Office said: “We will continue working closely with the Peruvian government to arrange further flights in coming days.
Earlier this week, the government said tourists must pay for their own airline tickets home once a flight becomes available.
At that time, the only commercial carrier that had offered to help was charging $ 3, (0- $ 3, () £ 2, 2019 – £ 3, (0) for a one-way ticket – almost times the normal price