Repatriation flights

Repatriation remains suspended, Fiji’s COVID-19 situation a high risk to Tonga

According to the NEMC, the Government cannot allow the delta variant to enter Tonga nor take on this high-risk exercise at this point in time.

The committee also clarified that stranded Tongan nationals in Fiji, both in transit and students, are being supported by the Tongan Government with living allowances.

This follows claims by about 20 Tongan nationals stranded in Fiji that they have been neglected by their government.

At this stage, the suitable strategy for those intending to return home is to get vaccinated, the NEMC said in a statement.

PNG hits out at India over broken agreement and unauthorised arrivals

PNG's National Pandemic Response Controller and Police Commissioner, David Manning, alleges India's High Commission in Port Moresby deliberately participated in a deception that resulted in the unauthorised arrivals.

Manning said India broke an agreement on how many passengers were approved for the repatriation flight.

According to him, the proposed repatriation flight from India had been rejected four times due to the risk of Covid-infected arrivals from India

Repatriation flight from NZ to Tonga deferred due to COVID-19 cases

A Tongan government spokesman Paula Ma'u said the deference is until further notice, and all passengers and appropriate authorities were notified earlier this week.

A flight from Pago Pago has also been deferred - the decision was made by American Samoa.

At this stage, only the Vanuatu flight is on scheduled to arrive in Tonga on Wednesday.

As for Fiji, flights remain deferred, due to its COVID-19 situation.


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Tonga defers 3 repatriation flights until next month

The flights are scheduled to arrive from Brisbane, Pagopago and Port Vila.

A repatriation flight from Auckland, New Zealand arrived in Tonga with more than 140 passengers yesterday.

The passengers included seasonal workers.

MEIDECC Chief Executive Officer Paula Ma’u said the passengers are being quarantined at Tanoa  Hotel for 21 days.

More than 3000 Tongans have so far been repatriated to Tonga.

The Government is monitoring the situation in Fiji where COVID-19 cases are increasing.

Flights between Tonga and Fiji have been stopped for now.

Government works on repatriating Tongans stuck in Fiji

Borders remain closed and flights between the two countries are prohibited.

Fiji is experiencing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with a little over 10,000 active cases and 50 deaths since April 2021.

The Chief Executive Officer of Tonga’s Ministry of Health, Dr Siale Akauola told the National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC) this week that Tonga is still free from COVID-19 because there are no cases.

According to Dr Akauola, 17 passengers that arrived from Vanuatu on 22 June have been released from quarantine at the Taliai Camp.

300 expected on Tonga repatriation flights

The flights are expected to arrive on 30 June.

According to Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC Paula Ma’u, another flight scheduled to arrive this week from Vanuatu bringing Tongan students studying in Vanuatu.

The chartered flight is also expected to take Tongan seasonal workers to Australia.


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247 passengers cleared after completing quarantine in Tonga

None of the 247 passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 according to Acting Chief of the Department of Health, Dr. Reynold Ofanoa.

The passengers arrived in the country on the first week of this month.

The Chief Executive of MEIDECC Paul Mau said a meeting of the National Emergency Committee (NEMC) and the Covid-19 Oversight Committee has approved three repatriation flights next month.

A flight from New Zealand is expected to arrive on 2 June and another from Australia is expected the day after on 3 June.

Tonga confirms repatriation flights

The flight from Auckland is scheduled to arrive on 2 June while the flight from Brisbane, will arrive the day after.

Chief Executive of Tonga's Government Communications, Paula Ma'u, told local media the Brisbane flight is the first under Australia's Pacific Flight Programme and is not chartered by the employers of seasonal workers, as was the case for previous flights.

Meanwhile, the repatriation flight from Fiji that was planned for the first week of June was not confirmed, due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.


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Tonga schedules 2 repatriation flights for May

A meeting between the National Emergency Management Committee and the COVID-19 Committee confirmed that there is a repatriation flight from Auckland next week.

The second flight is from American Samoa.

Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC Paula Ma’u said two repatriation flights scheduled to arrive from Fiji and Brisbane next month have been postponed until further notice.

According to Mau, the postponement is because Fiji has closed its border due to new cases of COVID–19 and the variant is same as the one found in India.

Tonga schedules more repatriation flights

Authorities expect 255 passengers to arrive from Auckland and Brisbane.

The Latter Day Saints Church has chartered a Lulutai Airlines flight to Fiji on 1 April to bring church members and some of the Tongans stranded there.

MEIDECC CEO Paula Mau said 102 passengers will come on the flight from NZ.

Ninety of those passengers were supposed to have returned on an earlier flight on 3 March but did not due to the recent lockdown in NZ.

Twenty-five passengers will arrive from Fiji and 128 from Australia.