Miami Florida.- The Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in Miami, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic and the Presidential High-Level Commission for the Control and Prevention of Coronavirus, coordinated and completed the first ferry flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santo Domingo, with a total of 141 Dominicans who remained stranded in the United States, due to the suspension of flights and the closure of airports in the Dominican Republic.
The Consul General, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, expressed that this flight is part of the efforts made by the emergency commission created in that diplomatic legation to provide 24/7 assistance to all nationals through the emergency telephone number, WhatsApp, emails and networks of the institution.
The diplomatic representation thanked the important collaboration of Sipirit Airlines, for its openness and willingness to serve as a carrier and, after an intense work of organization, assistance and efforts by the consulate, the Dominicans arrived in Santo Domingo on the afternoon of this Thursday, 16 of April, including nationals who work as crew for the MSC cruise line, a company that also facilitated their repatriation.
Before boarding the Spirit aircraft, the passengers underwent a medical examination carried out by Dr. Monica Dorvil-Bello, president of the Florid Dominican Health Association (DOHCAF), who certified that they did not they had symptoms associated with COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, or breathing difficulties).
Then, Dominican citizens filled out a form about their medical history, in which they also accepted the provisions and requirements established by the High-level Presidential Commission for the Control and Prevention of Coronavirus, among which it appears that, once they arrive at the country, they must remain in mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days, in a facility designated by said commission.
The government headed by President Danilo Medina has instructed that the necessary assistance be provided, through the Dominican Consulate in Miami, to all connacinales who wish to rejoin their families in the country, complying, of course, with the protocol established by the Presidential High Level Commission for the Prevention and Control of coronavirus.