Cambridge residents stranded in Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Portugal are part of the estimated 1 million people trying to return to the UK.

Closed borders, cancelled flights and trains mean worried travellers are running out of cash and options.

Cambridge residents overseas have complained they cannot get help from British diplomatic services.

Miss Emily Hinkley and Dr Bryony Ross are stuck in Mexico. Dr Ross says: “Worryingly upon speaking to the British Embassy in Mexico we were advised to ask family and friends to send us money so that we may sustain ourselves out here. As a scientist and a doctor, we hope to return home as soon as possible. ”

Daniel Zeichner MP has called for a dedicated, free hotline to help people get the advice they need to get home.

He said: “These are unprecedented times. I would urge those in a European Union country not to panic. There is no reason why you will not be able to return back to the UK by one means or another. Airlines have a duty of care to get passengers home if a return flight is cancelled. The UK border is open to trains, planes and ferries. We need rescue flights for those struggling to get home from some other countries around the world. What everyone wants right now is clear advice. I am calling for a dedicated, free hotline to help people get advice to get home and for people to use it responsibly so those in the most need can be helped first. I am raising individual cases directly with the foreign office.”

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