Screening applications for repatriation for Belizeans living abroad were to be made available today. There has been a slight delay and our newsroom was told that the forms will be made available within the next day or two. The repatriation forms are to sent into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who would then make the necessary arrangements to get Belizeans back home who are currently abroad. One woman who is anxious to get home is Hellen Adolphus. Love News spoke to her from Merida, Yucatan where she has been stuck since February 12. She is in the company of her 9-month-old baby and her boyfriend.
Helen Adolphus, Belizean stuck in Mexico: “Me my boyfriend and my baby came over to Mexico for a short visit. He had a cycling thing to do and I came over to check on schools to see if I could get enrolled in one and little did we know that the border would have closed on March 20 and he came back on March 21st. Since then we’ve been stuck here having nowhere or no means of going home because they said that we would be charged if we show up at the border unexpectedly and we have no type of finance. We’re struggling because we don’t have working permit here and no type of help from the government. We kept hearing that the border wasn’t closed, it’s still open for Belizeans and we saw a notice on Facebook that said the borders are closed including Belizeans can’t go over and we became stuck here. When it comes to the cases here yes we’re scared and from since we heard about the cases we have been self quarantined at home for almost two months. We haven’t gone outside apart from getting a few stuff with the few change that we have left but yes we’re scared about the cases and that’s one of the reasons we want to go home.”
Once the screening application is made available online the submissions will be reviewed by the Ministry. The ministry advises that persons should not attempt to travel to Belize without prior approval. We will have more on how the application process works and the coordination needed to bring these nationals home in tomorrow’s newscast.