More than 350 Filipino seafarers from US return home in PH


Posted at Apr 15 2020 08:35 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2020 12:28 PM

MANILA - More than 350 Filipino seafarers returned to the Philippines Wednesday morning from the United States, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The DFA said the 354 repatriates from Miami, Florida are crew members of cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruises.

They include 76 from MV Ecstasy, 104 from MV Dream, 49 from MV Glory and 125 from MV Sunshine.

The DFA said all underwent “thorough mandatory health inspection" by the Department of Health and the Bureau of Quarantine, and will undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The DFA said the Carnival Cruises paid for the seafarers' chartered flight while the land transportation for the repatriates was provided by the United Philippines Lines (UPL), their manning agency.

A group of 301 seafarers also from Miami arrived in the country on Tuesday. They are from the cruise ships Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride, Carnival Fascination and Carnival Conquest.

More than 13,000 migrant Filipino workers who have been displaced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have already been repatriated to the country.