‘You Are Important to Us’ – Samoa Approves Four More Repatriation Flights

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5 February 2021, NEOC Update, Apia Samoa. The Samoa Cabinet has approved four more repatriation flights to bring home citizens stranded overseas since international borders shut due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

During a media update yesterday afternoon, National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Chairman Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo says there are still hundreds of Samoans in the US, Europe, and also Australia requesting to return home, including patients who had gone overseas seeking medical treatment.

“You are important to us” Agafili Shem Leo.

“You are important to us,” said the NEOC Chair.

“The NEOC are looking at all aspects and taking all measures to ensure critical criteria are met in terms of safety, before you are all brought home,” Agafili stressed.

Arrival of repatriation flights at Faleolo Int Airport. PC Gvt Press.

“E lē o tuuaunoaina e le Malo outou; sa taumafai lava i se laolao saogalemu ina ia mafai ona toe aumai uma ai outou.”

All dates for additional repatriation flight have now been set for the next Quarter of the year, from April to June.

17 April 2021 – Repatriation flight for citizens in the US, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, Europe – all via Auckland.

These passengers are asked to ensure all connecting flights are in sync with the scheduled Air New Zealand departure from Auckland to Apia.

7 May 2021 – Repatriation flight from Australia via New Zealand primarily for seasonal workers and also for patients seeking medical treatment abroad, including India.

28 May 2021 – Repatriation flight from Australia and New Zealand for seasonal workers.

18 June 2021 – Repatriation flight from Australia and New Zealand.

Frontliners in full PPE during flight arrivals.

TEUTEUGA O LE POLOAIGA COVID19; Aso 04 Fepuari 2021

Fuafuaga mo Malaga e Toe Faafoi mai ai Tagatanuu i le Kuata Lona Lua o le Tausaga

I lana Fonotaga o le Aso Tofi 4 Fepuari 2021, na talanoaina ai e le Kapeneta le Pepa PK(21)90 ma faamaonia ai le faagasologa o malaga mo le kuata lona lua (2) o lenei tausaga a faatulagaina mo le toe faafo’iina mai o tagata i Samoa (repatriation flights) e pei ona auiliili atu i lalo:

• Aso 17 Aperila 2021 – Malaga fuafuaina mo pasese mai Amerika, Hawaii, Kanata, Alaska ma Europa e ui mai i Aukilani. Ia feutagai lelei ma le Malo o Niu Sila faapea le Ea Niu Sila, e fetuunai taimi o malaga mai o vaa i Apia, ina ia fesootai lelei ma taimi o le vaalele (connecting flight) mai Amerika;

• Aso 7 Me 2021 – Malaga mai Ausetalia ma Niu Sila mo tagata galulue faavaitaimi faapea pasese mai Asia e aofia ai ma gasegase sa siima’i i Initia;

• Aso 28 Me 2021 – Malaga mai Ausetalia ma Niu Sila e aofia ai tagata galulue faavaitaimi;

• Aso 18 Iuni 2021 – Malaga mai Ausetalia ma Niu Sila.

O lenei faaiuga na faia i lona tulaga faanatinati e tusa ai ma le Vaega 38(1)© o le Faavae o le Malo Tutoatasi o Samoa.


Marieta H Ilalio