The Department of Foreign Affairs last month repatriated 1,920 overseas Filipinos from the United Arab Emirates.
DFA said 347 of the UAE repatriates were distressed Filipinos who left Dubai on June 30 on a chartered flight.
The agency said, “This is the third chartered flight this month especially mounted by the Department for UAE-based Filipinos. All passengers of DFA repatriation flights are required to undergo RT-PCR test 48 hours before the flight.”
Travelers from the UAE are currently barred from entering the country until July 15. The travel ban was hoisted to prevent the spread of the more infectious COVID-19 Delta variant.
Filipinos covered by the repatriation efforts of the government are exempt from the prohibition provided they undergo quarantine and testing protocols but some overseas Filipino workers have urged that the ban be lifted, saying they have been stranded in their host countries for over a month.