Tuesday 27 October, 2020

WATCH: Stranded Jamaicans check in at NMIA

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith, talks to the group of returnees after their arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Wednesday.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith, talks to the group of returnees after their arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Wednesday.

More than 100 Jamaicans who were stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 shut down of the borders in mid-March, were given a warm reception upon their arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston on Wednesday.

The approximately 115 Jamaicans arrived in the evening on a chartered TUI flight from the United Kingdom.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith, greeted the group at NMIA.

"Because of the (islandwide) curfew we weren't able to make the Island Grill arrangement we were planning, but we think you will be comfortable over the next few days," Johnson-Smith said.

"We just want you to know that we wish you continued good health... and thank you for your understanding and your patience as we work through this together... welcome home."

The Jamaicans were left stranded after the Government of Jamaica closed the island’s port to incoming passengers as one of the measures to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus on the island.

Included were 75 crew members from one cruise ship passenger line while the other 40 were stranded in the UK for various other reasons.

They were taken directly to a St Ann hotel, where they will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantined. They will be constantly checked for the 14 days and will have to return two negative tests before they will be allowed to go home.

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Stranded Jamaicans Arrive from UK

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