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Thursday, June 17, 2021

In picture: Stranded in the Philippines, ‘detained’ in Australia

Gayzha Davao of Melbourne shares some of the struggles from her flight home during COVID, as well as the challenges from her 14 days in hotel quarantine.

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Before the flight:

PAL passengers at check-ncounters | Photo: Gayzha Davao
PAL passengers at check-in counters for special flights to Australia | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers at boarding gate | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers at boarding gates to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. | Photo: Gayzha Davao
PAL boarding gate at NAIA | Photo: Gayzha Davao
PAL boarding gate at NAIA T2 | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers aboard PAL flight to Melbourne | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Full flight: Passengers on board special PAL flight to Melbourne on 18 April | Photo: Gayzha Davao
A PAL crew member wearing PPE | Photo: Gayzha Davao

Arrival in Melbourne:

Passengers after disembarking | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers after disembarking from the repatriation flight at Melbourne Airport | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers  arrive in Melbourne Airport | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers arrive in Melbourne Airport | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers who arrived in Melbourne queue up to board the SkyBus to take them to the hotel on a 14-day quarantine period. | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Passengers who arrived in Melbourne queue up to board the SkyBus to take them to the hotel on a 14-day quarantine period. | Photo: Gayzha Davao

It was really stressful as it turned out that there are thousands of passengers stranded in the Philippines!

It’s like being in an unknown situation as I had flights cancelled five times in March while stranded in the Philippines. We still did not know when flights come back to normal as the situation was changing and lockdown could be longer.

To be included on the flight was like being saved from the unknown.

14 days in hotel quarantine:

The 14 day hotel mandatory quarantine, was really unimaginable.

It was a lot of struggle being alone for the first time for 14 days.

I never thought before that a 14 day quarantine would be hard… (I thought) that it was just easy.

Being there and alone will make you crazy and emotionally sick… Thinking you might have the COVID and die. You cannot go out and there are guards who treat you like you are sick and in prison. Time runs slow and i was not able to sleep.

The only thing good is that you are following the government orders and helping the COVID pandemic.

Leaving the Crown Plaza Hotel, I really felt like I am out of prison!!! I cried..

– Gayzha Davao

Direction and Detention Notice
Gayzha: “The food was not really nice for me as it was all biscuits, sandwich and pasta.” | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Gayzha: “There was nothing to do but watch tv, Netflix … read, exercise … but still you feel like your in prison.” | Photo: Gayzha Davao
May 3 – 14 nights completed! Thank you Crowne Plaza! | Photo: Gayzha Davao
DHS Officer checks passports during the check out procedure. | Photo: Gayzha Davao
On the way out after 14 days in hotel quarantine. | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Freedom! Outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel | Photo: Gayzha Davao
Several cabs were waiting to take guests home. | Photo: Gayzha Davao


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