Chairman of the NEMC and Minister for MEIDECC, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei and the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni during the NEMC meeting this morning, Customs Fe’aomoengalu Building

30th July, 2020 The second repatriation flight for stranded nationals in New Zealand is scheduled to depart from Auckland to Tonga on Tuesday next week August 4.

The flight is expected to bring about 150 nationals. The list of confirmed passengers includes medical staff, diplomats, members of the armed forces, police officers, civil servants, students, seasonal workers and others.

CEO for Health Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said that passengers are required to be tested for COVID-19 three days prior to departure.

“The COVID-19 test must be negative and all passengers are also required to wear masks and gloves on board.”

A mock exercise will be conducted on Monday August 3 from Fua’amotu International Airport to Taliai Camp to ensure health and logistical arrangements are in place.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.