Filipinos wait to check-in at the Dubai International Airport for the repatriation flight on July 10, 2021.


OFW repatriation in Dubai: 348 Filipinos fly home


DUBAI – A total of 348 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were repatriated from the UAE on Saturday (July 10), an official told

Philippine Labor Attache Felicitas Bay, who was at Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 to oversee the repatriation process, said that the number of repatriates included 67 pregnant OFWs and 30 medical cases, including a Filipino on a stretcher. Watch the video:

“The rest were OFWs with cancelled visas, or those who have overstayed their visa,” Bay told

The repatriates boarded Philippine Airlines flight PR8659 that left Dubai for Manila at 4:50pm. The flight was chartered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.

Saturday’s flight was the first of five repatriation flights scheduled by the Philippine government to help bring home Filipinos amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy, the next repatriation flights from the UAE are scheduled on July 12, 17, 27 and 30.

Those who wish to get a seat on the remaining flights can email the DFA on [email protected]

Currently, Filipinos with medical conditions, pregnant women and those with expired or expiring visas, as well as emergency cases are being prioritized.

Repatriates are excluded from a Philippine-imposed entry ban on travelers from the UAE until July 15. The entry ban also covers travelers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Oman. PIA/Expat Media

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In pictures

Passengers wait to check-in their flight at Dubai International Airport on July 10, 2021.

Filipinos wait to  check-in their flight.

The team from Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, Assistance to Nationals and POLO-OWWA.

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