Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has revealed that over 100 yachts are expected to arrive in the next few weeks, joining the few that have already berthed in ports around Fiji.
The Minister of Economy highlighted this while speaking to members of the Fiji-New Zealand, New Zealand-Fiji, Fiji-Australia, Australia-Fiji Business Councils Post Budget Forum on 22 July 2020.He said there has been a lot of inquiries on the Blue Lane – which is essentially allowing marine vessels such as yachts and super-yachts to come to Fiji.
He added, “with America’s Cup World Series being held in New Zealand, a lot of people will come and can park their yachts or superyachts here”.“And also, there are a lot of New Zealanders who travel to Fiji at this time of the year escaping New Zealand’s terrible winter,” said the Minister of Economy.
“Essentially the way the Blue Lane works is that their sailing time is used as part of the quarantine period.
I am told it takes about five to seven days to sail from Auckland Harbor to Port Denarau, depending on the size of the yacht and the weather,” he added.“So if you are sailing for seven days and nobody gets on or off during the journey, then those seven days are counted towards your 14 days of the quarantine period.
You arrive at Port Denarau and the Wailoaloa Bay area is used as a quarantine yard. They stay there for another seven days and serve their 14 days, then they get tested for COVID-19 and if they are clear then they can visit around and go to Nadi market and resorts.”
The Minister of Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Government has also opened “the Pacific Pathway again allowing travel to Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga, for them to actually come to Fiji” but there needs to be a higher level of health security to be put in place as they will have to serve 14 days of quarantine which they have to pay for.