Filipinos check in a repatriation flight at Dubai International Airport on September 15, 2021 (right) as other repatriates arrive in Manila (left).


Final DFA-chartered repatriation flight arrives in Manila from Dubai


DUBAI – The final Philippine government repatriation flight for 2021 arrived from Dubai to Manila on Thursday (September 16), bringing home more than 340 stranded Filipinos.

This brings to more than 700 the number of Filipinos from the UAE, Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain repatriated this week alone, on flights mounted by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The latest repatriation from the UAE brought home more than 340 Filipinos on a Philippine Airlines flight from Dubai on Wednesday (September 15).

Flight PR8659 left Dubai for Manila at 5:40pm. It was arranged by the DFA in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Philippine Consulate General in Dubai. The flight arrived in the Philippine capital on Thursday.

This will be the final DFA-chartered flight scheduled for 2021, according to DFA. However, repatriations via special commercial flights or Bayanihan flights will continue.

On Monday (September 13), a total of 367 distressed and undocumented overseas Filipinos from Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain arrived in Manila.

The sweeper flights were from Beirut, Lebanon and Manama. More than 420,000 Filipinos have now been repatriated since the start of the pandemic, according to DFA.

Monday’s flights also brought home five human trafficking survivors from Syria, who were illegally hired to work in the country after posing as tourists.

“While the DFA chartered operations will soon wind down, our commitment to bring home all distressed overseas Filipinos amidst the coronavirus pandemic remains. Our people, both here at home and abroad, will continue to do their heroic work at the frontlines and leave no one needing repatriation behind,” said Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola.

In compliance with health and safety protocols, all passengers were tested negative for Covid-19 prior to their departure.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, the repatriates will undergo facility-based quarantine provided by the Philippine government and further rapid PCR testing for Covid-19. ICA/Expat Media

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