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On March 16 2020, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced in Berlin a worldwide repartriation program of the German government in order to repartriate German tourists who are stranded around the world due the Covid-19-crisis
Until now, more than 12,000 Germans currently in New Zealand have subscribed to the German repatriation program. This program will also allow a limited number of European Union and other European nationals to leave New Zealand with flights chartered by the German Embassy in Wellington.
The first flight is scheduled to leave from Auckland to Frankfurt on Saturday, 28 March 2020, operated by the German Lufthansa, followed by another flight on the same day, operated by Air New Zealand.
More flights are scheduled for departure from Auckland and Christchurch to Frankfurt, operated by Air New Zealand, in the framework of a contract signed between Air New Zealand and the German Embassy in Wellington earlier this week.
German tourists who want to board these repatriation flights may still need assistance in order to travel to Auckland and Christchurch. The German Embassy in Wellington and the Delegation of the European Union in Wellington are closely working together in order to carry out this repatriation operation and to ensure an orderly and smooth departure of an estimated 12,000 – 15,000 German and European nationals.