The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday confirmed that at least 49 Filipinos are stranded in South Africa following the imposition of travel ban amid the threat of new Omicron variant.
DFA Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola assured that efforts are now being made to locate and repatriate the affected Filipinos.
“We just received word this morning from our post sa South Africa na mayroon pong around 49. Gusto po naming makiusap sa ating mga kababayan na please contact our embassies and consulates kung kayo po ay stranded para matulungan po namin kayo,” Arriola said during the Laging Handa briefing.
South Africa and 13 other countries were included in the Red List after confirmed cases of Omicron.
Covered by the travel ban include Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique.
“Nagbigay na po ng notice ang DFA at saka iyong mga 20 embassies and consulates natin na sabihin po nila – kung nasaan man sila sa Europe – ‘pag sila ay stranded,” she added.