Nearly 10,000 Americans stuck abroad during coronavirus pandemic

A “GMA” producer documents her journey trying to return home to the U.S. from St. Eustatius in the Caribbean after the start of the pandemic.
2:31 | 05/15/20

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During the crisis so many have been stranded abroad because of travel restrictions. One of our producers is finally back after weeks of working through plans and gio Benitez joins us with her story. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, George, good the state department says nearly 10,000 Americans are still trying to find their way home. Our producer did and "Gma" is along for the ride. This morning, a firsthand look at the long journey home after being stranded in a foreign country for nearly two months. Daisha Riley is a producer at "Gma." She and her fiancee Tyrone went on a caribbean vacation in March. First we went to St. Maarten and got here around March 5th and was supposed to leave around March 17th. Reporter: But that didn't happen. Daisha and Tyrone were stuck after canceled flights and closed international borders like thousands of others around the world. We have a life at home and you're stuck in a foreign country with no idea when you can come home. It's the scariest thing you can imagine. Reporter: And during their ordeal a relative and family friend lost their life to To be here and not be able to help or reach out and families have passed away, felt a little hopeless with the whole scenario. Reporter: Now after eight weeks of looking for a way out the U.S. Sent a humanitarian flight to the island and the couple brought us along. Here's what the trip looks like. From here they went to St. Maarten where all ten wore masks and there were empty seats. We're aboard. Gloves, masks. Reporter: From St. Maarten where they had to stand six feet apart in the customs line they flew to Atlanta. Snacks delivered in ziploc bags. And that's where they are this to finally board a flight back to New York and it wasn't cheap. Getting home actually cost us more than our entire trip. Reporter: And the state department tells us it has evacuated more than 85,000 people from 131 countries. By the way, a bit of good news, on the trip they got engaged so congratulations to them. Michael. Congratulations. They'll never forget. On their way home.

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