Samoa Gov’t announces flights booked to repatriate Samoan nationals
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa in collaboration with the Government of New Zealand and Air New Zealand will begin repatriation flights out of Auckland for Samoan nationals and residents on Friday 29 May and thereafter on June 12 and 26 as well as July 9 and 23. The flight on May 22 is still operating as scheduled but as a cargo flight.
Further flights will be arranged until all those stranded abroad are brought home. Connecting flights from other parts of the world through NZ will be subject to the lifting of border restrictions of the countries concerned.
Beyond New Zealand, there are indications of nationals in the USA, UK and other European cities as well as in Japan, Republic of Korea and other Asian cities and also in Pacific neighboring countries.
Included in the list now expanding beyond 1000, are seasonal workers who have completed work contracts, sports teams, public servants, international staff who work in Samoa as well as families and individuals that were visiting friends and family.
A Travel Advisory has also been made public for the information of all intending travelers so that they can plan and prepare for departure. The traveling public is encouraged to register with the Office of the Samoa Consul General in Auckland and provide the necessary details for the arrangement of all flights by Air New Zealand.
In the meantime weekly cargo flights have been in operation since April 24. Discussions are underway for the operation of a similar weekly cargo-only flight with Fiji Airways to bring essential and medical supplies to Samoa.
[Samoa News should point out that there is no mention of Samoa workers stranded on cruise ships being repatriated.]