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MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Saturday that the country will now allow entry of qualified travelers from Red List countries, in accordance with updated guidelines from the national government.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente announced it after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) lifted the ban on passengers arriving from Red List countries.

“This would mean that our kababayan who are in red list countries can now return to the Philippines via commercial flights without the need to join repatriation or bayanihan flights,” Morente said.

However, all arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. They will also be subject to testing and quarantine protocols defined by the IATF and implemented by the Office of Quarantine.

RT-PCR tests carried out 72 hours before departure will be taken into account until 00:01 on January 19, 2022.

Morente then clarified that despite the lifting of the travel ban on countries on the red list, the general travel restrictions will still be in place.

“Currently, only Filipinos, Balikbayans and long-term visa holders are allowed to enter the country,” Morente said.

“Those holding tourist visas are still not allowed entry,” he added.

According to the IATF, red list countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Curacao, French Guiana, Iceland, Malta, Mayotte, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Somalia , Spain and the US Virgin Islands.

Meanwhile, under the green list are Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, China (Mainland), Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Montserrat, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Saint-Barthélemy, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Saint-Eustache, Taiwan, Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Uganda.

All other countries not mentioned are on the yellow list.

The BI said earlier that it had seen an increase in the number of immigration officers affected by the virus.

“Fortunately, most cases are mild or asymptomatic,” Morente said.

“We hope this wave will pass soon, so that our services remain unhindered,” he added.


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Tonga changes repatriation rules to allow over 300 people into MIQ next week Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:43:45 +0000

By Eleanor Gee

Tonga is lifting a restriction to allow the repatriation of more than 300 passengers from New Zealand and Vanuatu next week.

Changes to the protocols for repatriating stranded passengers to Tonga were outlined by the new Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Saia Piukala this morning, January 14, and include repatriation from countries with covid-19 in the community.

Changes to repatriation protocols for Tongans and others stranded abroad were outlined by the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Saia Piukala this morning, January 14, at Vaiola Hospital.

“We have our family overseas wondering when they will return to Tonga,” he said. “It’s been almost two years since covid-19.”

One of the policies they are in the process of changing is to require that passengers are only allowed to come to Tonga from countries without covid-19 community transmission.

“We have decided to lift this restriction and that is why the committee and the government have agreed to the repatriation flight from New Zealand on January 20. Even though there is community transmission there, the covid-19 cases have dropped in New Zealand.

Although there are new cases with the new Omicron variant there, the Minister said that these cases were at the border or in quarantine facilities, which “will help reduce the risk of covid-19 to enter Tonga”.

Another new protocol is that passengers must self-quarantine at home for a week before travelling.

“Although there is no one to watch them, I think it is important for those in New Zealand who want to return to follow the protocol advice they have been given.”

Passengers should be tested for covid-19, 48 hours before the flight and if the test is positive “this person will not be able to board the flight to Tonga”.

In addition, passengers must be fully vaccinated (with two doses) to covid-19 years before they can be repatriated to Tonga.

People are also not allowed to buy alcohol at the airport to catch the flight, however, the minister said they can buy alcohol using their boarding pass when they finish their journey. quarantine period in Tonga.

Repatriation flights

About 300 passengers are expected to arrive from New Zealand next week on January 20 and eight from Vanuatu on January 18.

There are two flights from Vanuatu, a charter flight with six passengers and a small surveyor flight with two passengers.

Hon. Dr Piukala said work was underway to also organize a repatriation flight from Samoa.

He added that because the covid-19 The situation in Vanuatu and Samoa is similar to that of Tonga, the quarantine time for returnees from these countries will be reduced to two weeks “to be on the safe side”.

Meanwhile, the government remains cautious in organizing repatriation flights from countries increasingly covid-19 cases.

“Repatriation flights from Australia and Fiji have been canceled due to the spread of the new Omicron variant in their communities,” he said.

Stranded in Fiji

For those stranded in Fiji, the minister said they were working on a safe way to repatriate them.

“We are planning for a working group from the Ministry of Health to work with the SPC [Pacific Community], it is Fiji’s focal point, to seek the safest way to repatriate those stranded in Fiji.

“There are passengers who have been stranded there since last March and April and I can understand the impact on them mentally and the anxiety they have to come back, but it is our responsibility, the Ministry of Health and the government, to ensure that we can repatriate them in the safest way possible.”

The Minister also stressed the importance for the people of Tonga to be vaccinated against covid-19 to better protect themselves and their families covid-19 reach Tonga.

Iran urges US to repatriate all Achaemenid tablets Wed, 12 Jan 2022 09:34:00 +0000

Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations said the United States must return the Achaemenid clay tablets to the country without any exceptions or excuses.

According to Majid Takht-Ravanchi, the United States has repeatedly used excuses to delay the repatriation of the tablets to Iran.

“About 90 years ago, the Achaemenid tablets were transferred to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago on a three-year loan,” IRNA said on Tuesday, citing Takht-Ravanchi.

“Unfortunately, they have not been fully returned since then,” he added.

Several batches of Achaemenid-era clay tablets and related fragments have been delivered to Iran in recent years, but thousands of pieces are still preserved at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

Takht-Ravanchi said Iran’s request is “clear,” reiterating that all loaned tablets must be delivered to the Iranian government intact.

He said the tablets are part of Iranian culture and history and belong to the Iranian people.

“The United States postpones this every time under a pretext, while the Americans themselves admit that these tablets came to the United States on loan but were not fully returned,” added the Iranian envoy.

The tablets were discovered by archaeologists affiliated with the University of Chicago in the 1930s during excavations in Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire.

In 2019, nearly 1,800 artifacts, from a collection of tablets that would become the archives of the Persepolis fortification, were returned to Iran.

The collection gave a detailed overview of aspects of Achaemenid society, gave an overview of the Persian Empire centered on what is today Iran, and influenced the way scholars perceive art, language and Achaemenid history.

The Achaemenid Empire was the largest of the empires in the ancient Near East and stretched from the Balkans and Egypt to India and Central Asia.

According to the Oriental Institute, the tablets illustrated “the support of the king and the court, the deployment of workers, the practice of religion, the development of the art of the seal, the interaction of languages, and more.”

In 2006, a US federal court decision sought to seize and auction the priceless collection of ancient clay tablets. However, an appeals court later overturned the decision, and in 2018 the United States Supreme Court upheld the subsequent ruling that the collection cannot be removed.

Other Filipino Students Call on Government to Prioritize Repatriation – SIBC | Voice of the Nation Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:53:52 +0000

Anxiety and depression are wreaking havoc on the mental health of the remaining local students who have been stuck in quarantine in a hotel in the Philippines for almost a year now.

Regal Residence Hotel in Quezon City, Metro Manila, where five local students have been in quarantine since March of last year. Photo provided.

Triggered by isolation and fear, the five Solomon Islands Government-sponsored students (SIG) are calling on the government to prioritize their repatriation flight as soon as possible.

Speaking on their behalf in a telephone interview from his quarantine room, a spokesperson, an aviation student Junior Aba, said the government planned to repatriate them this month. next month.

“If they move the repatriation flight again, it will cause another problem with our visa and that is what concerns us right now,” Aba said.

The five students have been in quarantine at the Regal Residence Hotel in Quezon City, Metro Manila, since March of last year.

Aba said she has met all of SIG’s mandatory Covid-19 requirements, which include three Covid-19 tests and full doses of vaccination.

“We have fulfilled all the mandatory requirements required by SIG. Before moving to this hotel last year we did three Covid tests to prepare for the repatriation flight, after moving in we waited months and that’s where our visa expired.

“We asked the National Scholarship Division (NSD) for a Covid-19 emergency allowance and they paid us, which helped us extend our visa. They told us they would repatriate us later, but this plan has been repeatedly moved and extended so far, ”Aba said.

He said they were then given a new requirement to get a full vaccination which they would comply with later.

“One frustrating thing is that they promised to bring the vaccination to our doorstep, but this has also been delayed several times, so we have to collect our vaccines from the vaccination sites in the city.

“We are surprised to see that students and nationals of other countries have been repatriated to their homes, including those who have gone to Dubai, have returned home,” said Aba, who was only one year old to return home. complete his studies.

He said the recently reported positive Covid cases had been brought into the country by nationals returning from those countries.

Aba said he wastes time staying in a hotel that final year students should have used to complete their studies.

“Another student and I were supposed to finish our studies, but due to a call from SIG to repatriate last year, we have no choice,” he said.

Since the repatriation flight has moved again, the students’ only hope rests on the Covid-19 emergency allowance.

“Now that they are extending our repatriation again, our only hope is that the government will grant us a Covid-19 allowance so that we can extend our visa for repatriation next month as they promised in the Talk-back Show. yesterday, ”Aba adds.

He said staying in quarantine for this long affected their mental health every day and that at one point a student came to show signs of mental instability.

“Locked in a room every day there are all kinds of things that can come to our mind, we are all affected mentally. One night one of the Solomon Islands students we are staying here was running and screaming during the night. We thought the student was possessed, but maybe it was a sign of great anxiety because of the long period of quarantine, ”Aba said.

Yesterday, the permanent secretary of the Department of Education, Dr Franco Rodie, said on a talk show that there are currently seven students from the Solomon Islands still living in the Philippines.

He said the government hopes to get them home before the end of February.

Dr Rodie said this was because the students still had health and quarantine requirements that needed to be addressed.

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Kidnapped Nkayi boy to be repatriated from Kenya Thu, 06 Jan 2022 22:34:17 +0000

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Authorities in Zimbabwe and Kenya are working on paperwork to repatriate a seven-year-old boy from Nkayi who was kidnapped and taken to Kenya in 2016 in a human trafficking case.

The boy, Awakhiwe Ackim Ncube, was kidnapped while playing with other children in the Nkayi neighborhood of Hompani and his parents only learned he was in Kenya from media footage. social.

He was last seen in his grandparents’ garden.

Awakhiwe was found at Happy Children’s Home in Nairobi.

National Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Paul Nyathi said a full statement will be released today.

The mother, Ms. Nobekezelo Maseko, was recently quoted in the media as saying: “One of Nkayi’s neighbors brought a photo which was sent by her son who is in South Africa. They accompanied him to show the grandfather of the child who undoubtedly saw that it was his grandson.

She then contacted the orphanage and a woman who ran it confirmed that her Awakhiwe was a resident of the house.

“I sent him a photo and Awakhiwe identified me. The mother, who keeps them, asked us what name do we use when we call her, we said Kim, which is the abbreviation of Ackim. She then called him by that name and he answered, ”Ms. Maseko said.

Awakhiwe was kidnapped and drugged with two other children by the kidnappers on their way to Kenya. The other two children were not Zimbabweans.

Upon reaching the border with Kenya, Awakhiwe reportedly began to cry and demand to be returned to his mother. Border alert officers grew suspicious and arrested the kidnappers as Awakhiwe spoke in IsiNdebele.

They thought the child was Zimbabwean or South African.

The alleged kidnappers, Margaret Juma Magero and David Ochieng Omentho, suspected of being married, were brought to justice before the senior magistrate, Ms. Diana Mochache, in the Shanzu main courts on December 13, 2016.

Ms Mochache ordered that Awakhiwe and the two children be placed in the care of Happy Children’s Home until their parents are found.

The other two children have since been identified, extradited to their country of origin and reunited with their families.

However, the paperwork to bring Awakhiwe back is still being processed by the Zimbabwe Embassy in Kenya.

In June last year, police managed to locate and bring back to the country from South Africa a one-year-old boy who was kidnapped last December by a woman in the suburb of Ushewokunze. in Harare.

The suspect identified as Fortunate Tanyanyiwa has since gone into hiding in South Africa and police, who work with Interpol, are still looking for her.

CID Homicide detectives traveled to Polokwane, South Africa with the boy’s mother, Yvonne Machingo (21), and combined the following two investigations.

Machingo, who also resides in Ushewokunze, approached Tanyanyiwa, alias Mai Tatenda, in December last year, telling her that she wanted to be taken to a traditional healer who could care for her six-month-old baby who was not coming out. did not smell well.

It is alleged that on December 12, 2020, the two went to Block 11, Shawasha Flats in Mbare, where a traditional healer could help Machingo.

Machingo was ordered to stay outside while Tanyanyiwa went with the child inside the healer’s house, but she never returned. After a few hours, Machingo tried to locate her, but to no avail.

She even tried to call, but her phone was turned off and a report was made to the police.

Police were unable to locate Tanyanyiwa.

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Lithuania returns nearly 100 migrants to Iraq Tue, 04 Jan 2022 22:39:49 +0000 The Lithuanian government said it repatriated 98 people to Iraq over the weekend. It was the first chartered flight to repatriate migrants from Belarus.

Lithuania’s interior ministry said a plane carrying 98 Iraqi nationals took off from Vilnius on Sunday (January 2) for the capital Baghdad and the city of Erbil in northern Iraq. Iraqis entered Lithuania illegally from neighboring Belarus, the ministry said. He added that the repatriation had taken place with the consent of the Iraqis on board the flight.

According to a Press release by the Interior Ministry since Monday, January 3, the chartered flight to return migrants to Iraq is the first of its kind. Speaking to local media, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite called the event “historic”, while Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis thanked the European Union and Iraq for their contributions during the the refugee crisis in Belarus.

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Almost 4,200 arrivals in Lithuania

In recent months, thousands of migrants, mostly from Middle Eastern countries, have tried to reach EU countries Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, crossing borders from Belarus.

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko is accused of deliberately sending refugees to his country and encouraging them to cross EU borders. Almost 4,200 refugees have crossed the Lithuanian border to seek asylum. The authorities responded by strengthening border security and erecting a border fence for hundreds of kilometers.

Those who crossed the Lithuanian border were first detained in five reception camps, which currently host 3,166 people, according to the news agency. dpa reports. In early August, border guards began pushing migrants back to the border.

Others have been returned to their countries of origin – according to the aforementioned press release, a total of 537 migrants have been repatriated, 482 of them voluntarily. Lithuania offers voluntary returnees a one-time payment of € 1,000, but the offer only lasts until January 20. Additional charter flights would be planned.

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Container ship saves 19 people in southern Florida Keys Sun, 02 Jan 2022 21:26:00 +0000

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Friday, the boxship Methoni rescued 19 Cuban migrants about 30 nm southeast of Alligator Reef Lighthouse, near Islamorada, Florida.

At around 1:40 p.m. Friday, the crew of the Methoni contacted the Coast Guard sector in Key West to report that they had launched their lifeboat to rescue a group of people in distress. The crew safely embarked 19 survivors. One of the rescuers told the crew that their raft had overturned, throwing all occupants into the water, and that 19 people were on board.

One person required medical treatment and the Key West sector called a helicopter crew from Air Station Miami to hoist and transfer the patient for emergency medical assistance. The survivor was evacuated to Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon, Florida.

“We are extremely grateful for the Methoni the crew for saving everyone from the water and getting us up to speed, ”said Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Altieri, a watchman on duty at the Key West area command center. “It’s good to know that these 19 people will be safely reunited with their families.”

Islamorada station boat crew help Methoni crew prepare survivor for medevac (USCG)

Islamorada station boat crew help Methoni crew prepare survivor for medevac (USCG)

Coastguard crew Charles Sexton embarked the 18 remaining survivors of the Methoni for treatment and repatriation.

Rescue and repatriation of migrants is an integral part of the mission unfolding in the Strait of Florida, which has long been a highway for Cuban nationals seeking opportunity and freedom in the United States. Thursday the cutter Raymond evans repatriated 33 other survivors of four separate interdiction and rescue operations carried out in a single week, including another capsizing raft south of Marathon.

the Methoni is a boxship built in 2003 with a capacity of 6,400 TEUs. As of Saturday, he was on his way again in the Gulf of Mexico, bound for Miami in Veracruz.

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]]> Pakistan inscribed on the list of “yellow” countries Fri, 31 Dec 2021 20:31:00 +0000

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s pandemic task force reclassified Pakistan to its “yellow list,” or country at moderate risk for COVID-19, from January 1 to 15.

Pakistan was initially supposed to be on the “green list”, or those at low risk of COVID-19, according to acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles.

The new list of green countries includes Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, China, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Portland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Montserrat, Oman, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saba of the Netherlands, Saint-Barthélemy, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Saint-Eustache, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Togo, Uganda and United Arab Emirates.

The “red list,” or countries at high risk for COVID-19, includes Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Spain.

Travelers from Red List countries are not allowed to enter the Philippines, unless they are Filipinos returning via repatriation flights. Travelers from yellow and green countries must present a negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test performed within 72 hours of leaving their country of origin.


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Oregon Tax Court rejects Oregon Department of Revenue position on sales impact of 2017 alleged repatriation – Tax Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:29:06 +0000

United States: Oregon Tax Court rejects Oregon Department of Revenue position on sales impact of alleged 2017 repatriation

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Oracle Corporation v. Dept. of Rev., TC 5340 (Or Tax, October 6, 2021) concerns, in part, the impact of Subpart F income on a taxpayer’s sales factor in Oregon.1 The Oregon Tax Court rejected the position of the Oregon Department of Revenue (the Department) that old SOR 314.665 (6) (a) (2015)
automatically excludes income from subpart F of the denominator of the sales factor. As described in a item published by the author, the Department, based on this interpretation of ORS 314.665 (6) (a), determined that none of the 2017 deemed repatriations required by IRC § 965 can be included in the Oregon’s sales factor denominator.2 Therefore, taxpayers who report the deemed repatriation in a 2017 return should generally be able to include in the denominator of the Oregon sales factor the portion of the deemed repatriation included in attributable income, provided that (1 ) the deemed repatriation satisfies the “principal business activity” exception, and (2) the income-generating activities for the deemed repatriation can be readily identified and have taken place outside of Oregon.

Under IRC § 965, US parent companies of multinational groups were generally required to include in 2017 federal taxable income, as Subpart F income, the deemed repatriation amount, which was essentially the income accrued after 1986 from a foreign affiliate that was not previously subject to the United States. tax. The Oregon dividend received deduction generally allows an 80% deduction for Subpart F income, including Subpart F income from deemed repatriation. The Oregon Dividend Received Deduction Act also provides that the taxpayer cannot include the amount deducted in the company’s Oregon sales factor.

Questions remained on the 20 percent not deducted. The ministry addressed this issue in Oregon Revenue Bulletin 2018-01. For tax years that begin before January 1, 2018, the Department has determined that
old ORS 314.665 (6) (a) excluded the alleged repatriation of the facto sale from Oregon, in law, without the need to consider the applicable facts and circumstances.

As applicable here, old ORS 314.665 (6) (a) initially excludes from the Oregon sales factor “[g]gross receipts resulting from the holding * * * of intangible assets. “However, an excluded gross receipts are reinstated if the” receipts come from the main business activity of the taxpayer “. Oracle, the Ministry has taken the following positions:

  1. The income for Subpart F came from the parent company owning the shares of the subsidiary.
  1. The income of Subpart F came from the holding activity of the subsidiary, which was not its main activity.

Although the tribunal expressed concern that “’detention’ does not fully capture the depth of unitary relations,” it ultimately agreed that the requirement of detention was met. In adopting this broad interpretation of the ‘holding requirement, the court noted “that lawmakers have adequately treated the dividends of a unitary subsidiary in the inclusion provision [the primary business activity
exception]The court then rejected the ministry’s position that the principal business activity exception did not apply, finding that possession of shares is not an “activity.” Instead, the court determined that the income of Subpart F came from the operations of each subsidiary. Accordingly, if these operations were part of the main activity of the parent company, oldORS 314.665 (6) (a) did not exclude Subpart F income from the Oregon sales factor.

In the deemed repatriation revenue bulletin, the Department used the example of an American company (CORP ZYZ) engaged in shipbuilding having a deemed repatriation from a foreign affiliate (SUB XYZ) engaged in finance. The Ministry stated, without analysis, that the principal business activity exception did not apply. However, as stated in the article

linked to the above discussion on the recipe bulletin:

“The ministry example cited above does not provide context for SUB XYZ, but what if CORP XYZ formed or acquired SUB XYZ for financial services related to its shipbuilding operations? “

The Oregon Tax Court apparently agrees with this criticism. CORP XYZ and SUB XYZ may each carry on the primary business activity of building and selling ships, including financing such sales. This should generally result in 20% of the alleged repatriation being re-included in the Oregon sales factor denominator.

However, the alleged repatriation of survivors old ORS 314.665 (6) (a) does not completely solve the problem. In accordance with
old ORS 314.665 (4), the taxpayer must also identify the income-generating activities for the deemed repatriation. The decision in Oracle does not address that. However, it does provide indications that generally the income-generating activities are the activities carried out by the subsidiary which resulted in the income and profits deemed to be repatriated. This could help to satisfy old ORS 314.665 (4), removing the remaining hurdle by including 20 percent of the alleged repatriation in the denominator of the Oregon sales factor.


1 Lane Powell represented Oracle in this case, but began that representation after the Oregon Tax Court issued its initial order in December 2020.

2 The article also provides general information on the alleged repatriation of IRC § 965 and the calculation of the Oregon sales factor.

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Appeal calls for £ 23,000 to be raised for the Strood family to bring back the body of their ‘incredible’ daughter Ashleigh Wallis from Taiwan Tue, 28 Dec 2021 14:29:00 +0000

A fundraising appeal to repatriate the body of a young woman who died while working abroad has exceeded its target.

Ashleigh Wallis, 22, from Strood, was pursuing her dream job of working abroad as an English teacher in Taiwan.

Ashleigh Wallis’ family say they can now take her home. Photo: Charlene Howland

But on November 18, his family learned the terrible news of his death.

Although the family still don’t know exactly what happened in the days leading up to her death, reports from colleagues and the Foreign Ministry indicate that she hit her head on November 14, but that after medical treatment and a CT scan, she was discharged.

Her grieving parents, Marvin and Julia, have spent the past five weeks working with the Taiwanese Foreign Office and Embassy to try to bring Ashleigh home.

Initially, they were told it could take up to two months for authorities to release Ashleigh’s body, pending the final post-mortem report. They were cited over £ 13,000 for repatriation.

Ashleigh Wallis died while teaching abroad in Taiwan.  Photo: Charlene Howland
Ashleigh Wallis died while teaching abroad in Taiwan. Photo: Charlene Howland

But after that rose to £ 35,000 and costs skyrocketed amid costly Covid and airfreight bounties, Ashleigh’s godmother Charlene Howland organized a fundraiser to help speed up the things.

Yesterday she posted an update on the fundraising page say the family had now secured enough funds to bring Ashleigh home. Over £ 23,000 has been raised to cover excess charges and the family intend to use their own funds to cover the initial costs shown.

Charlene said: “I spoke to the family this morning. They were really touched by each other’s support and kindness.

“They don’t know how to thank all of you for your donations and for sharing our story, especially at this time of year.

“I had increased the target to cover all the costs to bring Ashleigh home, but this morning they told me that with what they have already collected and what we have collected via Gofund me up to now they are able to repatriate Ashleigh. “

She added: “While they are grateful that I want to cover all the costs, bringing Ashleigh home is all they ever wanted, five days ago they knew how they were going to do this, the generosity family, friends and strangers made it possible. “

“They were really touched by each other’s support and kindness”

The increase in fees is due to the fact that there are now fewer flights due to the pandemic and – as a result – less availability for special cargo.

Airlines have decided to sell all cargo space at a higher price – a 200% markup over the regular fare.

This means that each day Ashleigh stays in the country an additional £ 40 is added for death costs. The family must also pay the costs of translation and documentation.

Godmother Charlene thanked the people for their support which will now help the family to rest her.

“Ashleigh’s parents had increased the upfront costs cited and it is important for them that they pay those costs as well,” she said.

“It is the unreasonable and exorbitant additional cost caused by the pandemic with which I asked for help.

Ashleigh Wallis has been described by her family as "incredible" girl.  Photo: Charlene Howland
Ashleigh Wallis has been described by her family as an “amazing” girl. Photo: Charlene Howland

“We achieved what we set out to do. Thank you all very much. From the bottom of my heart, honestly, I cannot thank each of you enough for helping me reach the goal so quickly.

“When people come together the most amazing things can happen. Although I am no longer asking for a donation, your kind words are of continued support.”

Ashleigh, who was from Gravesend and attended St John’s elementary and secondary school, graduated from college during the pandemic and turned to teaching abroad.

In September 2020, she leaves for Taiwan and works in a primary school teaching English as a second language.

A preliminary post-mortem result shows no obvious cause of death and it has not yet been confirmed whether a blow she received to the head shortly before her death is linked.

She was fearless, she knew what she wanted to do and she was going to get it

Speaking previously, Charlene, 39, paid tribute to her “incredible” goddaughter.

“Ashleigh was amazing,” she said. “She was a really funny, witty and intelligent little girl. She wasn’t afraid, she knew what she wanted to do and she was going to get it.

“She had the biggest heart and she was always so helpful. She was just a great kid. Ashleigh loved doing this job and she always smiled. She never smiled.”

She added: “Ashleigh had a determination about her and nothing was ever going to stop her. She had just blossomed. She was – and would have been – amazing.

“We are in awe of her.”

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