Efforts by senior leadership of Saint Lucia’s representative offices in the United States and the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), will result in a JetBlue repatriation flight today (June 10), from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
Jet Blue 8181 which is expected to arrive at 12:30 pm, will bring home 94 nationals who had been stuck in different parts of the United States – notably students; parties whose visas had expired or were soon to expire; and nationals who travelled to the United States for medical purposes.
The Department of Health and Wellness through the Embassy and Consulates, has informed the carrier and all returning nationals of the protocols to be observed upon arrival, including mandatory screening by Port Health Personnel and subsequent transfer to a government operated quarantine facility for a 14-day period.
The Minister responsible for External Affairs, Honorable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, commended her North American team who coordinated this effort along with leadership of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. She also expressed gratitude to others who were instrumental in making this flight a reality for our nationals – JetBlue and Goodwill and Brand Ambassador, Mr Taj Weekes.
The Consulate of Saint Lucia to Martinique is also facilitating the repatriation of 10 citizens who are expected to arrive in Saint Lucia on Thursday May 11.
The Department of External Affairs and the Government continue to explore the most feasible options to facilitate the speedy repatriation of nationals desirous of returning home.