31 Oct 2020

Repatriation flight from New Zealand arrives in Samoa

8:55 am on 31 October 2020

The 12th repatriation flight into Samoa arrived on Friday with more than 300 passengers from Auckland, New Zealand.

TV1Samoa reports the passengers have now all been sent to quarantine at various locations around the country for the next fortnight.

Some returning families have been allowed to quarantine in their own homes under strict security conditions.

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Customs at Faleolo airport in Samoa. Photo: Supplied

One family told KHJNews that they were relieved to be back especially to be isolated in their own home.

"At least we can do some cleaning up and odd jobs while we wait out the isolation," said the father.

The Samoan government has planned four more repatriation flights before Christmas.

More than 2000 Samoans have been repatriated since the start of these special flights in March this year.

Meanwhile, the body of a seasonal worker who was killed in a car accident in New Zealand recently, was also on Friday's flight.