Hundreds of tourists of various nationalities were provided with transportation going to Cebu and Mactan International Airport so they could eventually leave for their home countries.

City Tourism Officer Jacqueline V. Antonio said that more than 400 foreign tourists in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental have left since March 17, either on their own or on the trips arranged jointly by the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Unit and the Dumaguete City Tourism Office.

Acting on the directive of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19, City Tourism Officer Jacqueline V. Antonio and her staff arranged trips to Cebu for the stranded tourists who have confirmed flights out of the Philippines.

The Philippine Coast Guard sent a ship to ferry some of the stranded tourists to Cebu.

Meanwhile, 13 Russian nationals, including a toddler left Dumaguete City Thursday via a “sweeper flight” sent by the Russian Government.

The departure was organized by the Russian Embassy in Manila, and facilitated by the Dumaguete City Tourism Office. Another group of 53 mixed foreign nationals left for Cebu at the same time onboard two chartered Ceres Liner buses.

They were taken directly to the Mactan International Airport to catch the repatriation flights arranged by their respective governments.