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Stranded French Polynesians leave Rarotonga

18:01 pm on 30 November 2020

Three French Polynesians stranded in the Cook Islands because of the Covid-19 pandemic have been able to fly home.

Three French Polynesian residents repatriated from Rarotonga Photo: supplied

The French airforce provided a Casa transport plane to pick the three up in Rarotonga where they had been stuck for eight months.

In March, borders closed and commercial flights ceased to operate.

Before the flight, the three passengers had to prove that they were free of Covid-19 despite the Cook Islands never recording a single case.

Reports say with the return of the three, no more French Polynesians are stranded abroad.