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Stranded kiwis return to Q'town today on special flight

New Zealanders still stranded in Australia will fly back home on a special flight landing in Queenstown this afternoon.

Virgin Australia is putting on the flight that will then return to Brisbane with Australian travellers who have been stranded here.

Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult says Queenstown Airport's international terminal will be closed till international borders re-open.

And New Zealanders stuck aboard the Vasco Da Gama cruise ship off Western Australia are due to be transferred to an Air New Zealand flight home tonight.

Western Australia's Premier says the ship docked at Freemantle Port so the New Zealanders can be taken to an airport.

The Vasco da Gama was involved in a dramatic passenger swap off the coast of Thailand.

Its Europe-bound passengers used lifeboats to get on board another ship, the Columbus, and 108 New Zealanders and dozens of Australians got onto the Vasco da Gama.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at his Downing Street residence.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre