An Albury couple holidaying in Vanuatu have been left stranded on the Pacific Island due to the coronavirus crisis.
But more than a week after making plans to head home early they are still in Vanuatu and have sought the assistance of the Australian High Commission in Port Vila in an attempt to find a way back to Albury.
"We know they are trying their best but we aren't half-way across the world," Ms Jones said.
"It is only a few hours to Australia and we just want to come home.
"There is another Aussie couple in the same boat as us staying at our resort which has been a real comfort to us.
"But we haven't been able to get any sort of information from anywhere apart from 'it could be a day, it could be a week or it could be a month'."
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The couple, who were celebrating their first wedding anniversary on the trip, encountered the first road block to a safe return when a plane they booked to get to Port Vila to connect with an international flight to Melbourne was suddenly cancelled.
After safely returning to Port Vila they were able to book another flight to Australia on Monday which was then changed to Tuesday before it was also cancelled.
"To be honest my stomach just sunk (because) .we couldn't contact the High Commission that night because they had already closed," Ms Jones, who is a journalist at The Border Mail, said.
"The next morning, after not much sleeping and plenty of tears and worrying we contacted the High Commission for some consular assistance.
"They took copies of our passports and that has been all we have really heard."
When the couple left Australia on March 14 there were only travel warnings in place for few overseas countries.
Ms Jones' brother had just returned from South Korea and was self-isolating in her house.
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