First Repatriation Flight Mounted by the PH Embassy in Malaysia this Year Brings Home 178 Filipinos
Repatriates inside the plane departing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Manila, Philippines on 18 August 2021. (KLPE Photo)
KUALA LUMPUR 19 August 2021 – The Philippine Embassy in Malaysia mounted a chartered repatriation flight, fully funded by the Philippine Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs, which departed Kuala Lumpur on 18 August 2021, sending home a total of 178 Filipinos via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 8626 bound for Manila.
The passengers, most of whom are returning OFWs, have been stranded in Malaysia due to the cancellation of commercial flights due to the imposition of the travel ban last month.
“Today’s repatriation was the first chartered flight organized by the Embassy this year, as part of our ongoing efforts to assist Filipinos, who are affected by the lockdown and the travel ban. The Embassy will continue to monitor the situation of our nationals on the ground so we can extend appropriate assistance,” said Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose.
Aside from the flight, the Embassy also arranged the RT-PCR testing for all passengers and assisted in securing the needed exit passes under the Recalibration Repatriation Program (RRP) of the Malaysian Immigration Department. Before embarkation, all passengers were also provided with N95 face masks and face shields.
Passengers shall undergo mandatory swab and quarantine in designated facilities, in accordance with protocols being implemented by the Philippine Government for all international arrivals. END