Saturday 15 August, 2020

Remaining Filipinos in Cayman have the opportunity to return home

Filipinos who are stranded in the Cayman Islands will have the opportunity to return home as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 resumed international operations this week.

“With the resumption of international flight operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 beginning July 8 2020, the DFA expects a rise in repatriations and assures its steadfast commitment to effectively facilitating and coordinating the safe return of our nationals affected by this pandemic,” said an official from the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs.

Filipino nationals have been facing a number of logistical hurdles to getting home. Between May 3 and May 9, all inbound international passenger flights to the Philippines were temporarily suspended after government quarantine facilities reached their capacity of 20,000 people. This caused the rescheduling of a Grand Cayman flight that was initially scheduled to take the first group of Filipino nationals home. 

In late May, the 287 Filipino repatriates from Grand Cayman finally had the opportunity to return home.

According to the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs latest data, over 68,000 Filipinos have returned to the Philippines since the outbreak started. The department has recorded 8,762 Filipinos abroad that have been infected with COVID-19, with 590 deaths.

A second British Airways flight to Manila will depart Grand Cayman on Tuesday July 28 and will be repatriating Filipinos who did not have the opportunity to travel home on the first flight.

This flight is currently only open to members of the Filipino community. Those who have not yet received details should contact GovernorsOffice.Cayman@fco.gov.uk

The Governor's Office and TravelTime team continue to liaise with the Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Nicaraguan Governments with regard to solutions for their nationals.

"This is a challenging process and an unprecedented situation. Team Cayman can be proud of what we have done to support those who wish to depart our Islands and to manage risks from those who return. I know it is tough in isolation and I thank everyone for their patience and understanding to protect our wider community," said Governor, Martyn Roper.

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