The Philippine Consulate in UAE will soon be accepting applications for the repatriation of Filipinos wanting to return to the Philippines, says Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes.
“On June 1, we were able to repatriate 365 Filipinos and we continue to receive requests for repatriation,” says Cortes.
“Those who want to be repatriated can email to Consulate at firstname.lastname@example.org,” he added. OFWs who wish to apply for the repatriation program of the government can check the Philippine Consulate website for the guidelines. Cortes also provided a QR code that can be used for the application.
Those who need assistance to return to the PHL from Dubai will have to fill out a form found online. The name, as well as the photo of the applicant, will be recorded whenever they upload their files and the application form.
Moreover, the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) confirmed that they require a negative PCR test result for repatriates before their flights.
“In case of Philippine government-organized repatriation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration shall conduct prior coordination with each other, and with the Department of Health — Bureau of Quarantine (DOH-BOQ), Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its One-Stop-Shop and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 Task Group for the Management of Returning Overseas Filipinos at least 48 hours prior to the departure from the country of origin,” the memorandum from IATF wrote.
“A fully-vaccinated individual must carry his or her vaccination card, which must be verified prior to departure, as far as practicable. This document must be presented to the dedicated Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) representative for re-verification at the Department of Transportation One-Stop-Shop (OSS) upon arrival in the Philippines,” the IATF added.
“All arriving fully-vaccinated individuals shall be required to undergo a seven-day facility-based quarantine upon arrival, with the day of arrival being considered as the first day.”
Reminders Before The Application For Repatriation
- You must be fully decided to be repatriated back to the Philippines before you submit the application. Cancellation is not allowed and rebooking of flights too. Exceptions are given for untoward incidents.
- A police report is required in case you lost your passport.
- Documents required for travel must be secured beforehand.