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First repatriation flight from Australia arrived

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 29/10/2020

The first repatriation flight from Australia arrived this afternoon with 79 Tongan nationals who had been stranded in Australia since the borders closed in March.

This flight is from Brisbane where majority of those returning had been working under the seasonal workers programme.

Ministry of Internal Affairs CEO – Dr. Fotu Fisi’iahi revealed this flight also returned to Australia with 150 Tongans on board who will be joining the fruit picking program in Australia.

Meanwhile, the quarantine facilities to cater for these returning Tongans – Tanoa Hotel and Makeke Camp Grounds, have already been restricted to the public with traffic road blocks in place at Tanoa Hotel and will continue for the 2 weeks’ duration of the quarantine period.

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