Mongolia repatriates over 260 nationals from S. Korea

Mongolia repatriated 260 nationals on a chartered flight from South Korea on Saturday, according to the country’s State Emergency Commission (SEC).

The Seoul-Ulan Bator flight landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport on Saturday evening, the SEC said in a statement on Sunday.

The repatriated passengers included pregnant women, the elderly, children, the disabled, sick people and those with financial or other problems, the commission said, adding that they will be isolated at designated facilities for 21 days.

Following its suspension of international commercial flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mongolia has repatriated more than 15,000 nationals from different parts of the world so far, according to the country’s foreign ministry.

The country is expected to send at least 14 special flights to COVID-19-hit countries such as South Korea, the United States, India, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Australia this month to repatriate more than 3,400 nationals.

As of Sunday, the country has confirmed 293 COVID-19 cases, with no local transmissions or deaths.