On Palm Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed home 83 Filipinos from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who arrived in Manila onboard a special flight courtesy of Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
In coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian Embassy in Manila, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) opened its Kuala Lumpur-Manila flight as a “special flight” to give stranded Filipinos in Kuala Lumpur the opportunity to return home. The MAS plane also transported Malaysian nationals to Kuala Lumpur on its return flight.
According to the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the majority of the 83 passengers were Filipinos on temporary visit passes, who unfortunately became stranded after the unexpected cancellations of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Manila after March 18, in light of the government-imposed measures by both Malaysia and the Philippines against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of Quarantine conducted a medical inspection onboard before the repatriates were allowed to disembark.
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