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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No

(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.)
- Inbound passenger flights have resumed, however only Fijian residents and citizens may enter the country. Nadi International Airport is closed.
- From 6 April, all flights from Papua New Guinea has been suspended. This will remain in place until new protocols have been put in place for returning citizens from Papua New Guinea.
• Exemptions
- Under the so-called 'Blue Lanes' initiatives, private jets and yachts will be allowed into Savusavu Bay and Port Denarau Marina. Travellers will need to engage a yacht agent to make the necessary arrangements on their behalf and adhere to the relevant entry restrictions. For more information, see https://www.fiji.travel/en/articles/sail-fijis-blue-lanes
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- Fijian citizens can return to Fiji. For more information, please see http://www.immigration.gov.fj/images/Entry_Requirements_for_Repatriating_Fiji_citizens-min.pdf
• Inbound travel for “third country” nationals (including mention of any ‘fast track’ channels)
- Non-Fijian citizens require an approval from the Office of the Prime Minister (borderrequest@immi.gov.fj) before entering Fiji, should they be arriving by air or by sea (using yachts not under Blue Lane pathway). For more information, please see http://www.immigration.gov.fj/images/Entry_Requirements_for_Non-Fiji_Citizens-min.pdf
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test?
- Both Fijian citizens and non-citizens will require a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the country. This applies for travellers under the Blue Lanes initiative too.
• Type of test and timeframe
- The test must be a RT-PCR or Cepheid GeneXpert test, and a printed test result is mandatory. Rapid tests, antigen/antibody tests, and home collection tests are not allowed.
- The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure for Fiji.
• What information is required in the test result?
- The test should contain the following information: The laboratory letterhead and laboratory contact details, patient details, type of sample collected, date of sample collection, date test was conducted, type of test conducted, lab sample number, and name of lab supervisor/staff signing off on the result.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long?
- All travellers into Fiji (citizens and non-citizens) must quarantine for 14 days
• Where can this be done?
- The quarantine will be done at a government designated border quarantine facility.
• Approximate cost of quarantine
- For repatriating citizens (those who travelled abroad before 28 March 2020), the cost of quarantine is covered by the Fiji government.
- For non-repatriating citizens and non-citizens, they will need to pay $2,200 for accommodation and meals, and $690 for testing, transfers, and surveillance.
- For exemptions to quarantine charges, please see https://www.fiji.gov.fj/getattachment/3e500835-9b1c-457e-a4e8-6a383e652ed4/NEW-QUARANTINE-CHARGES-RETURNING-FIJIANS.aspx
- It is possible to quarantine in a higher end facility, however the traveller would then need to pay for the costs of the quarantine. Contact nadiairporthealtheoc@gmail.com to make the necessary arrangements.
• Additional tests in quarantine?
- All travellers will do an additional test on Day 12 of quarantine and will be released on day 14 if the test is negative.
• Exemptions
- The 14-day period of quarantine is mandatory, but exemptions to the location of the quarantine may be considered in special circumstances such as when there is significant economic benefit to Fiji or on medical grounds. These requests must be submitted to the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) at crmt@govnet.gov.fj in advance.

(Until further notice)
Documentation required
• It is mandatory to download the digital contact tracing app careFIJI before entering Fiji.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.)
- Non-citizens may leave on repatriation flights, all other people are only allowed to leave Fiji for medical reasons, all other forms of travel out of Fiji are not allowed

(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Essential only
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
• What penalties are enforced for breaching restrictions?

(Until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
• Locations and timings
- A nationwide curfew remains in place from 20.00 to 04.00 daily (except for the Suva-Lami-Nausori containment zone which is from 18.00 to 04.00 daily) until further notice.


(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• Are businesses’ (including shops’) operations restricted by business type?
- Only essential businesses and businesses that meet Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport guidelines can open.
- The list of businesses and protocols can be found here: https://www.mcttt.gov.fj/covid-19-essential-business-and-movement/
- To apply for a COVID-19 business pass, visit www.covidpass.mcttt.gov.fj and for other matters requiring a curfew or border pass, email covidpassmoh@gmail.com
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
- Businesses must meet the following protocols: https://mcttt.gov.fj/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Protocols-for-Business-Operation-as-at-070621.pdf

(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- Travellers to Viti Levu island from other islands within Fiji will require permission and must register with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism & Transport (MCTTT). Permission will be limited to those with medical reasons and those making long-term/permanent relocations.
- Travellers will have to call 163 and provide the following details:
o Personal details of travellers
o Reason for travel
o Preferred mode of travel
o Duration of stay and intended address on Viti Levu island
- For more information, please see: https://www.mcttt.gov.fj/publications-resources/press-release/press-release-relocation-of-fijians-domestic-repatriation/
- Those who wish to travel from former containment areas to non-containment areas in Viti Levu are required to call 158 on arrival at their destination and provide movement details. They will also be subject to a 14-day home quarantine. More details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/FijianGovernment/posts/4403663889666512Delivery drivers of essential goods must change drivers at the border of containment and non-containment zones.
• Exemptions
- Garbage collection trucks and other vehicles approved by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services do not need to change drivers at containment borders

(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
- All people in Fiji should install the careFiji app and keep Bluetooth switched on
• Is mask wearing mandatory?
- Mask-wearing is mandatory in public.
• Schools
- All schools are closed until further notice
• Gatherings
- No social gatherings are allowed of any nature
• Entertainment venues
- Businesses regarded as high-risks are not allowed to operate, these are gyms, movie theatres, video gaming shops, cyber cafes, taverns, bars, billiard shops and amusement arcades, as well as hairdressers, barbershops, spas, beauty therapy, massage therapy venues, saunas and tattoo parlours.
• Other
- All places of worship are closed
- Nursing homes and elderly care facilities are closed to all visitors
- All major events such as sport games and graduations will be cancelled until further notice.
- Supermarkets, banks and pharmacies can operate with stringent measures in place.
- Restaurants are only allowed to serve takeaways.
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsThe Fijian authorities are still reviewing plans for Bula Bubble arrangements with Australia and New Zealand, no dates have been announced thus far.

Under the planned arrangements, Australian and New Zealand tourists arriving in Fiji will likely have two options under the 'Bula Bubble' arrangements:

1) Obtain a health certificate from a hospital or health facility recognised by the Ministry of Health and Medical Sciences in their respective country stating that they quarantined in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days immediately before their departure, along with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their departure, at which point they can immediately start their 'Bula Bubble' holiday within confined VIP lanes.
2) Upon arrival in Fiji, they can complete 14 days of quarantine at their own cost in a government-designated quarantine centre or a hotel of their choosing, after which a negative COVID-19 test will allow them to start their 'Bula Bubble' vacation. All of their movement will be contained within VIP lanes, starting with the inbound aircraft, then from the Nadi Airport (NAN) onto designated transport to their designated resort or hotel, where they will remain throughout their stay.
(Until further notice)
The authorities are planning to initiate ‘travel bubbles’ schemes with Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific island countries.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Fiji

COVID-19 information for Fiji

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Crime is the main issue for travellers and expatriates in Fiji, with petty or opportunistic crime of particular concern in urban areas. An increase in political violence following the 2006 coup, along with the prevalence of firearms, has produced a greater willingness to resort to violence to settle disputes. However, business travellers are unlikely to be targeted. The risk of terrorism is low and kidnapping remains rare. Torrential rainfall can cause extensive flooding, particularly between the months of November and April.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Fiji
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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