Stranded citizens heading home but FSM borders will remain closed

The first batch of stranded citizens is scheduled for repatriation on Dec. 5, but Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo is not ready to reopen the nation and receive visitors.

“Until every person is vaccinated, our border must remain closed—but we remain committed to bringing our stranded citizens home safely,” Panuelo said in a statement announcing the FSM government’s preparation for the return of 41 stranded citizens and diplomats.

The first batch of repatriates includes MiCare-insured medical patients and their attendants, students, and diplomatic staff with foreign embassies in the FSM. They checked in with Santa Fe, FSM’s pre-quarantine site, on Nov. 20 and 21. The pre-quarantine is part of the repatriation protocols.

In addition to the 14-day pre-quarantine period on Guam, every person being repatriated will be required to undergo another 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the FSM as well as the same Covid-19 testing and security protection regimes.

Officials said all preventative and protective measures necessary to effectively complete this repatriation successfully are being implemented and put into effect both in Guam and in the FSM. Access and visitation to des