Algeria hostage Belfast man Stephen McFaul due home
18 January 2013 Last updated at 20:15 GMT
A spokesperson for the family of Stephen McFaul have described his mood as "bright and together and nervously excited" about returning home.
The 36-year-old is expected to arrive back in Northern Ireland on Friday or Saturday.
The oil worker, who holds an Irish passport, was held hostage at a BP facility in Algeria for two days, along with other foreign nationals.
He managed to escape on Thursday after his captors' jeep crashed.
Natasha Sayee reports for BBC Newsline.