Repatriation of European and British citizens

An additional 88 Europeans from Fiji are on their way to their respective home countries via Australia in the last charted European-repatriation flight from the Pacific that left Nadi Airport today.

This brings the total number of Europeans repatriated from Fiji to over 400 and, over 500 repatriated from the Pacific, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Farewelling passengers, Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific and to Fiji, Sujiro Seam, together with the British High Commissioner Melanie Hopkins: ”I am so happy that so many of you made it on this last chartered repatriation flight for Europeans from the Pacific.  This concludes more than a month of efforts and coordination with local governments, airline companies and European Diplomatic Missions, to bring Europeans from Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu back home.”

A statement from the European Union said the plane flew to Melbourne where European and British citizens onboard will then catch connecting flights back to Europe.

Previous rounds of repatriation flights on 7 and 13 from Fiji reunited nearly 350 Europeans with their loves ones in Europe. In addition, 120 Europeans were brought home from Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Cook Islands on 8, 17 and 19 April 2020, the statement further said.

The Delegation of the European Union will now shift its focus to the Solomon Islands and Palau, where Europeans are still looking for ways to fly back home.

Photos: European Union

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