MANILA — The Philippines on Sunday welcomed home 83 Filipinos who were stranded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after countries restricted air travel amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said most of the 83 repatriates are Filipinos on temporary visit passes, who got stranded after Kuala Lumpur-Manila flights were canceled on March 18.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said they repatriated the 83 Filipinos via a special flight of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which arrived in Manila on Sunday afternoon.
The MAS plane also transported Malaysian nationals to Kuala Lumpur on its return flight, DFA said.
Upon arrival, the Bureau of Quarantine conducted a medical inspection before the repatriates were allowed to disembark.