PHILADELPHIA, PA — The City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport are coordinating with the federal government’s Operation Allies Refuge to provide a point-of-entry location for individuals evacuated from Afghanistan.
The Philadelphia International Airport is the second airport in the country to welcome arrivals as part of this federally-led operation, in addition to Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Services are being offered in the Terminal A-East Baggage Claim by an array of City, state, and federal agencies as well as non-profit partners like the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
After individuals deplane and process through customs they are greeted by an interpreter who explains that the following is available:
- Culturally appropriate food and comfort items
- A general medical evaluation that includes a required COVID test, physical and mental health support services, and the opportunity to get the COVID vaccination (Note – there is a COVID containment area for quarantine and isolation should an evacuee test positive.)
- Escort to retrieve luggage
- Transportation to their next destination
- Space in the baggage claim for prayer / religious observance.
The City states it cannot confirm information on how many people are expected and when they are arriving. The City of Philadelphia announced it will release a daily total of evacuees processed at PHL on its official Twitter account.
To support Operation Allies Refuge, visit: How you can help Afghan evacuees arriving in Philadelphia.
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