First phase of repatriation complete
Flights bringing in seasonal workers from New Zealand and stranded citizens and residents from Australia today are expected to be the final repatriation flights for the first phase.
There will be no repatriation flights until after July, Director of Foreign Affairs, Yvon Basil said.
A total of 1, 049 workers for the Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme in NZ are expected to be repatriated on the eight additional flights being operated by the Royal NZ Air Force since last Friday, said Director Basil.
The last RSE repatriation flight is confirmed for today with the second flight from Australia bringing stranded citizens and residents.
The first flight from Australia was expected yesterday. Around 200 individuals will return on these two flights operated by Nauru Airlines.
The cost of the RSE repatriation flights are funded by the New Zealand Government, according to the Director of Public Health and Spokesperson for COVID-19 matters, Len Tarivonda.
“The government of New Caledonia (NC) will also assist with the cost of the repatriation flight expected from NC yesterday,” he added.
“Organizers of the chartered flight that brought back over 100 cruise ship workers are also meeting the cost the flight.
“These cruise ship workers will be released from quarantine today. The repatriates from Fiji will be released at the end of this week.”
All repatriates will undergo 14-days quarantine once they arrive in Port Vila.
23 June 2020