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2nd repatriation flight with 150 passengers to arrive next Tuesday

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 30/07/2020


About 150 passengers are expected to arrive in Tonga next Tuesday from New Zealand.

This is the second flight to arrive with passengers, as part of the Government’s program to repatriate stranded Tongans overseas.

The Minister of MEIDECC – Hon. Poasi Tei says, the list for the passengers was finalized during a Cabinet meeting yesterday and these passengers have been informed of the requirements needed to fulfil before arriving in Tonga, and to ensure the results of their tests are NEGATIVE before they will be allowed to board next week’s flight.

The 150 passengers are fulfilling all requirements including testing for COVID-19 and to ensure they have enough time to prepare before boarding the flight.

These passengers include civil servants who were stranded abroad also seasonal workers and Tongans who were in New Zealand studying under the NZ government scholarship.

The seasonal workers COVID-19 tests will be paid for by their employers with the students paid for by the NZ government while the rest will have to pay for their own.

These passengers will be isolated for 14 days at Tano’a hotel and the Taliai camp with about 70 male seasonal workers to be quarantined at Taliai camp and the rest at Tano’a.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry continues to monitor daily the 57 passengers from Fiji at their homes.

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