I was recently informed that the Solomon Islands nurses who are stranded in Vanuatu, or Freswota 1 to be exact, are here because the Solomon Islands government has a quarantine limit similar to Vanuatu, while ours is 120 per quarantine, Solomons must be around the same amount which is why their flight schedule has been adjusted four times over.

If this is the reason, then it is out of the Vanuatu government’s control. Sure, we could’ve applied in advance but now with the pandemic, we don’t just have the normal bureaucratic red-tape, this has been amplified out of fear of the new strands of COVID-19 entering a country so the process of exiting a country and re-entering another is a nightmare.

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