OFWs arrive after flight ban lifted

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OFWs arrive at HK International Airport on April 1

An airline from the Philippines arrived this morning was the first flight landed at the Hong Kong International airport from nine countries after months of flight ban.

Passengers from Cebu Pacific (CebuPac) mostly are domestic workers who were stranded when flights from the Philippines were banned.

The flight arrived at 7:48 and passengers started to come out at the arrival section at almost 11:00 am or almost three hours after the processing of their documents and PCR test for newly arrived travelers.

Some passengers are first-time domestic workers, some are working in Hong Kong for years but spent their holiday during the Christmas season and were stranded due to the flight ban.

“Excited to work again with her employer and I am happy spent more time with my family in the Phillippines”, said one domestic worker who was stranded for four months.

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Newly arrived domestic workers are excited after months of waiting for them to travel. Whereas, domestic workers that already working in Hong Kong are thankful that they spent more time with their loved ones when the flight was banned.

Yesterday, it was announced by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Ms. Carrie Lam that more than 2000 passengers were expected to arrive on the first day of the lift of the ban with over 20 flights expected to arrive. She said that the Gov prepared the processing of the newly arriving passengers which was chaired by the Executive Secretary.

As the number of COVID cases drop to four digits, the Hong Kong Government lifted the flight of nine countries: Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, Philippines, UK, US, and Nepal.

There are three incoming flights from the Philippines on the first day of the lifting of the ban, two flights from CebuPac, and one from Philippine Airlines (PAL).