Beginning today, Fiji’s borders will be closed to all foreign nationals who have been present in mainland China, Italy, Iran or South Korea within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji.
In a statement issued by Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister and Immigration Yogesh Karan, Fiji will widen its existing travel restrictions to cover all foreign nationals who have been present anywhere in South Korea within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji.
With now over 95,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 85 countries and territories, the government is stepping up efforts to keep the COVID19 virus at bay.
Government will continue to work in close cooperation with all international carriers to ensure that any travellers who fall under the expanded travel restrictions are not permitted to board flights to Fiji.
The Fijian Government continues to closely monitor the global spread of COVID-19 and all international air passengers are being screened with handheld temperature scanners prior to entering the country.
Preparations are underway to introduce thermal scanners at our international airports.
Government’s earlier-announced measures to medically screen cruise ship passengers remain in place as well.
As of 6 March 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID19 in Fiji.
Fijians are strongly advised to avoid any non-essential travel to Italy, Iran, mainland China or South Korea.
Fijians travelling to other countries with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 should exercise extreme caution through simple but effective steps to limit the spread of disease.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close person-to-person contact, especially with those who are unwell.
As earlier-announced, precautionary measures to maintain a hygienic environment and screen ill passengers will continue to be taken in-flight to further minimise any risk.
Fiji is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and is prepared to pursue more stringent courses of action if deemed necessary.