A repatriation flight has arrived in Darwin after a very long journey.

The Qantas flight, bringing stranded Australians home from overseas, departed Buenos Aires more than 17 hours ago. It was the airline’s longest-ever commercial passenger flight.

The plane flew over Antarctica on its journey from Argentina to Australia.

Controversially, the federal government continues to heavily restrict travel in and out of Australia, regardless of a prospective traveller’s vaccination status.