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Samoans who have been stuck in New Zealand since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown can finally start to make their way home.
An Air New Zealand A321A is on its way to Apia - the first repatriation flight back to the Pacific island.
Flights between the two countries are expected to operate once a fortnight.
There will be a limited number of passengers on board to adhere to social distancing policies, and the service is being carried out under strict guidelines issued by the Government of Samoa.
Samoa is one of the few countries in the world without any confirmed coronavirus cases.
All passengers will need to take a Covid-19 test three days before travel, and have to carry proof of a negative result. They are also required to hold a medical certificate advising fitness to fly and show no symptoms of illness.
On arrival in Samoa, all passengers will be required to enter a 14-day quarantine.
Any Samoan residents in New Zealand who are keen to head home should contact the Samoan Consular in New Zealand. Air New Zealand asks those already booked on a service for their patience as bookings are worked through.
SOURCE: STUFF NZ/PACNEWS
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