The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said more than 1,000 seafarers in six batches returned to the Philippines on Good Friday amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.
On the morning of the same day, 440 seafarers of the Norwegian Pearl, Sky, and Sun cruise ships arrived, followed by 450 crew members of the Carnival Fantasy, Freedom, Glory, Legend, and Valor from the United States.
MV Oceana and MV Aurora from London, the third batch to arriive have 275 crew while the fourth was composed of 265 seafarers from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the US.
The fifth and last batch to arrive was a group of 16 seafarers from Lisbon, Portugal.
They underwent the appropriate medical protocols as required by the Department of Health and Bureau of Quarantine and will undergo the necessary quarantine as part of the country’s Covid-19 health measures before returning to their respective hometowns.