Fijians travelling home on a special Air New Zealand repatriation service on Friday face a gruelling month-long isolation when they arrive.
The 787-9 Dreamliner, NZ952 (pictured above), left Auckland on Friday at 11am and landed in Nadi just after 2pm local time.
However, Fiji has one of the most stringent coronavirus restrictions in the world, with returning citizens asked to stay in a government quarantine facility for 14 days and then to complete a further 14 days in home isolation.
The tough rules, which include a curfew between 10pm and 5am, along with limited flights, have meant many Fijians have been stuck in New Zealand for months.
Earlier this week, Australian Aviation photographer Emil Cooper caught the moment an A340-600 repatriation flight from Johannesburg landed in Brisbane – from 1,400 feet aboard an R44.
The special flight, SA2982, landed in the Queensland capital on 6 June and headed the other way on 9 June.
The flights mark some of the final designated repatriation flights as international airlines begin to resume commercial travel.