Rapa Iti remains closed

Rapa Iti, the southernmost of the Austral Islands, has no airport and only one supply ship a month. When the Covid crisis started, they very reasonably decided that they couldn’t take any risk and closed their bay for all ships (except the Tuhaa Pae supply ship). Only family returning to Rapa Iti was allowed to travel on that ship and they have to stay in quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

Last week we wrote to our friends in Rapa Iti and were told that the little island is still holding up those strict rules. While Covid19 spreads slowly to the remote islands, they want to stay on the safe side and asks sailboats to stay away as well.

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