151 St. Lucians being repatriated; some still stranded in the Philippines

The Government of Saint Lucia have this past weekend welcomed 151 more nationals through the ongoing repatriation process.  Returning nationals include cruise ship workers and students from Canada and Barbados.  

On May 24th, nineteen (19) nationals arrived in Saint Lucia via a chartered service from Barbados, which included seventeen (17) nationals repatriated from Canada. 

On Monday May 25th, fifty-nine (59) persons will arrive aboard Disney Fantasy at Port Castries, and seventy-three (73) nationals will also arrive on Monday though Port Castries via the Royal Vision of the Seas.  

The returning nationals will be immediately transported to a government operated quarantine facility where they will be housed for a period of 14 days.

A number of St. Lucians on cruise ships remain stranded in the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Efforts to have them repatriated have not been successful as flight arrangements are proving to be difficult. It is hard to negotiate safe passage because of border restrictions and the non-availability of flights in some transit countries.

Nationals who are desirous of returning home are reminded to contact the nearest Saint Lucian Embassy and Consulate and the office for Diaspora Affairs.