Nearly 200 Bahamians and residents will be repatriated from South Florida to New Providence and Grand Bahamas on Friday during phase one of the government’s plan to bring residents home, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was given responsibility to prepare a strategy to return Bahamian nationals and residents to The Bahamas who are still abroad in various places around the world, as a result of travel restrictions put in place because of COVID-19,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Ministry, through its embassies and consulates, has registered hundreds Bahamians and residents outside the country globally.
“The majority are in South Florida. The immediate focus of the Ministry was to organize the return of those in Florida, more specifically South Florida, West Palm Beach and Miami.
“In this first phase, Bahamasair will be used to bring to New Providence and Grand Bahama 190 persons who have tested negative for COVID-19 and have agreed to adhere to the strict regime determined by the Ministry of Health.
“Government facilities will be provided for quarantine, when that determination is made by the Ministry of Health. Though these persons would have been tested negative for COVID-19, protocols have been put in place to ensure that anti COVID-19 spreading measures are practiced while they proceed to their eventual destinations.”
The Ministry said Bahamians and residents who are outside of South Florida will be repatriated in phases depending on registration data.