Seven persons destined for Belize alighted the first repatriation flight that landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport at around eleven o’clock this morning. Among the seven persons was US Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges. Love News understands that 99 persons boarded the United Airlines Aircraft and departed Belize. As we reported yesterday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received five hundred and seventy applications to date from Belizeans wanting to come home. A release from the Ministry indicates that of the applications received, 239 were from Belizeans in the USA seeking to return home, 35 are in Mexico, 32 in Guatemala, 20 in Peru, 19 in Cuba, 19 in Honduras, 17 in the UK, 14 in El Salvador, 11 across France, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and The Netherlands, six in Guyana, six in Taiwan, 11 in Jamaica, four in Costa Rica, one in Panama, seven in India, four in Bolivia, three in Barbados, two in Colombia, one in Lebanon, one in Saudi Arabia, one in United Arab Emirates, one in The Philippines, one in Nigeria, and one travelled from Tanzania. According to the ministry, Belizeans are spread over the world but generally in smaller numbers than would make repatriation flights possible – such as those in Guyana, India, and Barbados. Wherever possible, assistance is being sought through Belize’s embassies and consulates to identify alternative flights, join in other existing repatriation programmes, and are providing assistance on a regular basis. Many countries, like Belize itself, have been or are in various stages of a state of emergency, lockdown, or border and airport closures. This has impacted how and when Belizeans may be able to move – in some cases special requests can be made while in others these are denied depending on greater public health concerns. Despite these challenges the Minister of National Security has to date, approved the return of 168 Belizeans.
Seven persons destined for Belize alighted the first repatriation flight that landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport at around eleven o’clock this morning. Among the seven persons was US Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges.