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Jun 2, 2020

G.O.B. Reviewing Applications for Repatriation

Marvin Manzanero

Three government ministries have begun reviewing applications submitted by Belizeans stuck overseas due to the coronavirus and want to come back home. Close to five hundred applications have been received and that number is expected to grow as the days go by. Those looking to return must fill out an online form and await approval from the government before making travel arrangements. Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero sits on the task force and says it is important for Belizeans to return home before the borders reopen.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“I know that there are at least four hundred and ninety Belizeans in different parts of the world. We are working close with the different ministries involved because we do want to get the Belizeans back on Belizean soil rather quickly and deal with those situations before you start seeing an influx of non Belizeans into Belize or whenever the airport opens. We need to make sure that these have been processed so that we as a health system can be prepared for anything that might come after that.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“How soon will we see a repatriation flight?”

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“I don’t know that there is a specific repatriation flight. When we say repatriation we are talking primary about people coming through whatever means. I know there are people who flew in through the border, I mean through to the border so they are waiting on that side. So it is whenever they can come. It is not a specific flight that they go and look for anybody.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“In terms of the process, some people have been approved to return back to the country?”

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“That process has started. We just started reviewing those papers yesterday and today.”

 

A number of Belizeans, who were employed in the cruise ship industry, has made it home. In their case, the cruise ship companies made the arrangements for their return and are covering the costs of quarantine.


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