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Friday 3 February 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government is assisting Tonga in its domestic air connectivity by providing flights for the Tongatapu-Vava’u route until at least 30 June 2023 in a partnership with Fiji Airways, the Australian High Commission announced today 3, February.
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Monday 30 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Zuiderdam is the second cruise to visit Nuku'alofa in 2023, arriving with more than 2000 passengers and crew at Vuna Wwharf, today 30 January.
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Tuesday 24 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Celebrity Eclipse is the first cruise to visit Nuku'alofa in 2023, arriving with more than 2600 passengers at Vuna wharf on 23 January.
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Wednesday 2 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 2000 passengers and crew spent the night in Nuku'alofa, after arriving on the Noordam cruise ship on 1 November, the fifth cruise to have visited, after the full border re-opening in September.
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Monday 10 October 2022
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Montreal, Canada
Tonga has signed an Air Services Agreement with the United Arab Emirates during the 41st International Civil Aviation Organisation Triennial General Assembly in Canada.
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Thursday 29 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The local tourism industry that was hit hard with the closure of Tonga's international borders in 2020 is looking for revival. The first cruise ship Paul Gauguin, is scheduled to arrive on 3 October in Nuku'alofa, with a total of eight cruise ships listed for the rest of the year.
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Tuesday 13 September 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand has ended its traffic light system, which means international travellers will no longer need to be vaccinated to enter the country, and the mandatory COVID-19 testing is scrapped.
Tuesday 2 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With hugs and tears families were reunited at Tonga's Fua'amotu International Airport, after arriving on the first flight as Tonga re-opened its international border with zero quarantine, on Monday 1 August. Lu’isa Sakalia, from Ma'ufanga kissed her young nephew and held him tight.
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Tuesday 2 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's current night time curfew - midnight to 5:00am - due to COVID-19 remains but will be re reviewed this month, after Government approved the incremental border re-opening on 1 August.
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Thursday 31 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four repatriation flights arrived in Tonga yesterday, March 30, with 277 passengers, MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u confirmed this afternoon.
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Monday 20 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was busy at the Nuku'alofa waterfront today as hundreds of travellers left on the domestic ferries for the outer islands of Ha’apai and Vava’u for the holidays. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 18 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One hundred and fifty Samoan RSE workers left Samoa for New Zealand on Saturday, 16 October under a special arrangement to facilitate a One-way Quarantine-free Travel Arrangement from Samoa to New Zealand that was signed by the Samoan Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa and the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden on 1 October 2021.
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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government said today it is supporting Tongan nationals who remained stranded in Fiji, after Tonga closed its borders to repatriation flights from Fiji. It was responding to complaints from the group. They are among 2,608 Tongan nationals and residents who are stranded overseas by the suspension of repatriation flights to Tonga from COVID-19 affected countries.
Wednesday 7 July 2021

Sydney, Australia
New York Times reporting: Three days after the emergence of a rare COVID-19 case in Sydney, around 40 friends gathered for a birthday party. Along with cake and laughter, there was a hidden threat: One of the guests had unknowingly crossed paths with that single COVID case, an airport driver who had caught the Delta variant from an American aircrew. Two weeks later, 27 people from the party have tested positive. And the seven people at the gathering who were not infected? They were all vaccinated. By Damien Cave.
Thursday 3 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with around 141 passengers arrived in Tonga today from Brisbane, Australia.
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Wednesday 2 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with 107 passengers arrived in Tonga today from Auckland, New Zealand. They are being quarantined at Tanoa Hotel in Nuku'alofa and Makeke Camp in Vaini for 21-days.
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Wednesday 26 May 2021

Wellington, New Zealand
New York Times reporting: More than 50,000 New Zealanders have flocked home during the pandemic, offering the country a rare opportunity to win back some of its best and brightest. The question is how long the edge will last. The Ardern government has announced no specific measures aimed at retaining citizens who return. But it is using its border shutdown as a moment to “reset” its immigration priorities, saying last week that it would loosen controls for wealthy investors while curtailing temporary visas for the migrants the country has long relied on as citizens moved away.
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Thursday 4 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will rely on advice from WHO on the COVID-19 passport matter, said Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola this week. Other countries are exploring the issue of COVID-19 passports as well.
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Friday 15 January 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand has announced the start of services from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, to New Zealand after the recent announcement of a one-way quarantine-free travel route, stating “this is the first step of the phased approach to two-way quarantine-free travel between the two nations.”
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 1.5 million people, sickened millions more and short-circuited economies. Of all the industries reeling from its destructive impact, the travel industry was upended like no other. It’s unclear just which changes to the travel landscape will be in place a year from now — or 10 years on — but some answers are starting to come into focus.
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