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Old 22-04-2020, 15:06   #1
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Flight out of Chile to Sydney this weekend...

This has just come to hand... Applies to both kiwis and 'strayans..

'This email contains important information for New Zealanders wishing to depart Chile. Please read this email and follow instructions carefully.

Please pass this message on to any other New Zealanders who may not be registered but could be affected by this information.

LATAM commercial charter flight from Santiago to Sydney on Sunday 26 April (with onward connections to New Zealand)

LATAM, in conjunction with the Australian government, will operate a commercial charter flight from Santiago to Sydney departing late on Sunday 26 April or in the early hours of Monday 27 April, arriving in Sydney between 5:00-6:00am on Tuesday 28 April (timings to be confirmed). Tickets are available for New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members to purchase at a cost of AU$2550 each.

We expect to provide further details about this flight in the next 24 hours, including booking and payment procedures, as well as confirmation of the itinerary.

This may be the last opportunity for you to leave Chile until borders re-open and regular international commercial air services are reinstated. You should strongly consider booking this flight or otherwise be prepared to shelter in place for an indefinite period. LATAM has announced it will be extending its suspension of international flights until June and will shortly contact directly customers who hold a ticket to travel during May with this advice. With significant uncertainty about a resumption of regular commercial services, an extension of the current suspension cannot be ruled out.

Flight booking process

Bookings and payments for this service will be made directly with LATAM.

If you have an existing LATAM ticket you may be able to use this towards the cost of a seat on this flight. You should discuss this possibility with LATAM when making your booking.

Flight from Sydney to Auckland

New Zealanders looking to take this flight will be required to hold an onward ticket from Sydney to New Zealand as a requirement of boarding. We will be able to provide information about suitable connecting flights once the itinerary for the flight is confirmed.

New Zealanders who are in transit in Australia for less than eight hours will be required to remain in the airside area of the international terminal, and will not be able to clear Customs or Immigration.

For transits between 8 and 72 hours or for overnight transits at Sydney airport, you will be expected to clear Customs and Immigration and be subject to Australian federal and state regulations regarding quarantine procedures. Travellers are able to request an exemption to mandatory 14-day quarantine to catch an onward flight to New Zealand but will need to do this prior to travel. We will provide further information on this process if required.

Financial difficulty

New Zealanders who wish to depart Chile but are unable to pay for the flights upfront should first speak with your bank and seek assistance from family and friends. Notwithstanding your financial situation, you should still register your interest using the process outlined above.

If you have explored all other options for financial support without success, you may apply for temporary financial assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. If your application is accepted, the government would cover the initial cost of your ticket but funds would have to be repaid within 30 days. Application should be made by email to to discuss finance options. You must include "CHILE LATAM FLIGHT" in the subject line, and explain your financial situation within the body of the email. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Transport to Santiago

If you are looking to take this flight and are currently located outside of Santiago, you will be required to make your own arrangements for travel to Santiago. The Embassy will not be facilitating transport to Santiago, or transport to the airport on the day of the flight.

Arrival in New Zealand

On arrival in New Zealand you will be required to complete fourteen days of isolation in a managed facility (hotels). Every passenger entering New Zealand will be screened for COVID-19 on arrival. For further advice please see our information on SafeTravel, the New Zealand Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website, and the Immigration New Zealand and New Zealand Ministry of Health websites.'
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