The  Ministry  of  Commerce,  Trade,  Tourism  and Transport (Ministry), in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and relevant maritime stakeholders, would like to reiterate and outline restrictions on inter-island shipping.  

As announced by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, effective midday today, Thursday, 22 April 2021, all outbound inter-island passenger travel from Viti Levu will be suspended. While passengers can travel to Viti Levu, no one on Viti Levu can leave until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

For further queries and clarifications on inter-island shipping movement, please refer below:

 1.  SMALL CRAFTS AND YACHTS Small crafts that intend to transport essential provisions between Viti Levu and closer islands are required to inform the Maritime Surveillance Centre (MSC) on 1539 (toll free)  or  email  on  their  travel  intentions.  The  following information should be conveyed: i.    Name of Boat Captainii.   Name and Number of Crew iii.  Cargoiv.  Departure and Destination Point v.   MSAF Issued Boat Numbervi.  Phone Contact  

2.  ALL FISHING RELATED ACTIVITIES Fishing for subsistence and commercial purposes is allowed during the curfew hours, provided fishermen depart their respective home ports well-before curfew hours. For   any   fishing   related   activities   and   clarifications,   please   contact   MaritimeSurveillance Centre (MSC) on 1539 (toll free) or email

3.  RO-RO AND CONVENTIONAL VESSELS For enquiries regarding any services provided by Ro-Ro and Conventional Vessels servicing  of  economical  and  uneconomical  routes,  please  contact  the  Director  of Transport – Ms. Faranisese Kinivuwai on +679 998 3245 or Senior Transport Planner– Ms Aseri Driu on +679 990 6244 or email

Furthermore, the following steps must be taken by all shipping and truck companies:  a)  Vessel Operators must allow designated commercial goods vehicles (only) with its drivers to board the vessel;

b)  Vessel operators are to keep a register of details for all drivers who board the vessels, including contact details;

c)  All drivers and vessel operators are to wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times.

d)  Shipping  operators  are  to  discourage  crew  members  from  unnecessarily disembarking  at  ports  and  jetties  and  socialising  at  these  points. 

A  2-metre physical distancing rule should apply.

e)  For inter-island shipping, operators and crew are to offload cargo and freight at a designated location on the jetty or port with minimal contact.

f)   Drivers can move with their vehicles and deliver in outlying islands. However,drivers/ vehicles when disembarking the vessel must not at any time get out of the vehicle and must after delivery immediately, either return to the vessel or to a designated location awaiting the return trip.

g)  Truckers  and  vessel  operators  are  to  ensure  that  proper   precautionary measures are taken, including wearing of PPEs such as face masks, regular washing of hands, using hand sanitisers, and 2-meter social distancing.

h)  Members of the public collecting freight are to collect from the designated point, practising  social  distancing.  They  are  not  to  board  the  vessel  under  any circumstances.

i)   All Turaga ni Koros are to liaise with the iTaukei Affairs for further information. 

The Ministry emphasises the need for adherence to all health and hygiene protocols, including  installing  the  careFIJI  mobile  application  and  keeping  device  Bluetooth turned on.

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