15 Jun 2020

Wallis and Futuna aids students stranded overseas

5:56 am on 15 June 2020

Students from Wallis and Futuna stranded abroad because of the Covid-19 pandemic will get government support.

Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna Photo: supplied FB

For July and and August, which is the holiday period when students usually return to Wallis, they will be given $US470 a month.

According to the public broadcaster, 184 students from Wallis and Futuna are registered in France and French Polynesia.

There are no flights out of French Polynesia and travel from France via New Caledonia is restricted, with passengers arriving in Noumea obliged to isolate for three weeks.

According to the public broadcaster, the territorial assembly also decided to send $US1,400 to each of the dozen residents stranded in Australia or Fiji.

Wallis and Futuna closed its borders in March and was spared any Covid-19 case.

Two groups of about 100 people were allowed to return from New Caledonia in the past month.

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