Forty-three Saint Lucians traveled aboard a British Airways flight from London to Barbados on the night of June 3rd, 2020. In Barbados they were joined by three other nationals and were transported to Saint Lucia via a chattered Flight by LIAT. This was part of the effort to repatriate Saint Lucians who were impacted by the global travel restrictions associated with COVID-19.
Stranded cruise ship workers and students were among those repatriated on June 3rd. All arrivals were screened by Port Health personnel and transferred to a Government-operated facility where they will be quarantined for a period of 14 days.
Minister for External Affairs, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, noted that the Government of Saint Lucia had repatriated a total of 452 nationals since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In regards to this, the Minister remarked, “It is with pleasure we will welcome home more of our nationals and we wish to commend High Commissioner Mayers and his team for their work on this UK effort.”
she continued, “It will be remiss of me not to thank my Department’s team for their role, and importantly, the coordinating team of health, tourism and security officials who are working daily on the repatriation process.”
The Department of External Affairs and the Government continue to explore the most feasible options to facilitate the speedy repatriation of all nationals who wish to return home. On Sunday 31st May 2020, five students from the University of the West Indies (Mona campus, Jamaica) were able to return to Saint Lucia via a flight organized by the Department of External Affairs. The Department continues to encourage Nationals abroad to keep in regular contact with the nearest Saint Lucian Embassy and Consulate, along with the office for Diaspora Affairs.