High Commissioner Pledge Welfare Assistance to Stranded Australians in Samoa

Lagi Keresoma

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Saying goodbye to some of the Australian and American citizens who flew out of Faleolo Airport in a special flight last Friday night.

 

By Lagi Keresoma

 

APIA, SAMOA – 11 APRIL 2020:  Australia’s High Commissioner to Samoa Her Excellency Sarah Moriaty is standing by with her team to offer welfare assistance to any Australian on island as Samoa extends the lock to 2 May due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a video message on the Australian High Commission’s Facebook, Moriaty urges all Australian citizens to contact her office on +685-23411 of Canberra’s 24 hour emergency number +61262613305 for  assistance.

Since the extension of Samoa’s State Of Emergency for another four weeks, Her Excellency understands the financial difficulties that would befall some of the citizens hence the call.

She said the SOE extension continues the ban on international travel and she is not sure when normal travel between Samoa and Australia will recommence.

She also understands the need for families to be together at this time as the world fights COVID-19 pandemic and she assures all Australians that her team is working with the Government of Samoa and other Embassies to find (travel) solutions.

“Our ability to assist is also constraint by border closure so we urge you to take up any opportunity to go,”

Last week 51 Australians left Samoa on a facilitated commercial flight via Hawai’i and another facilitated flight is schedule for next week.

“To those who cannot travel we urge you to follow local advice, update your family regularly and protect your health,” she said.

The carrier that flew out with US and Australian citizens last Friday amidst the Covid-19 pandemic stringent travel conditions