The Fiji government has announced that the lockdown in the Lautoka confined area will be extended to at least 5am on Tuesday April 7.

While the New Zealand High Commission is exploring future commercial repatriation flight options with Fiji Airways to assist New Zealanders stranded, we encourage you to take the following steps from www.safetravel.govt.nz to stay safe where you are:

* Follow the advice of local authorities. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements and to rely on the local health system. Find out how to access healthcare in case it becomes necessary to do so;

* Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following the advice of the World Health Organisation and New Zealand Ministry of Health;

* Find suitable accommodation;

* Make sure you have access to enough medication if you are overseas for longer than planned;

* Keep your family and friends regularly informed of your plans and well-being;

* Monitor local media for developments;

* Be prepared for logistical and financial disruption. Make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. New Zealanders facing financial hardship overseas should seek assistance from family or friends or contact their bank in the first instance. Check with your insurance provider to see if they can help;

* Look after yourself – your emotional and mental well-being is important. Stay in touch with your usual supports – family and whānau, friends and workmates, especially if you are self-isolating. Further tips can be found on the Government’s website (www.covid19.govt.nz);

* Register on SafeTravel and keep checking the website for updates;

* For more detailed country-specific advice, check the office travel advice of the US, UK and Australia too; and

* Contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or Consulate if you require consular assistance. Contact details are listed in each country page on the SafeTravel website. For urgent consular assistance after-hours please contact +64 99 20 20 20 (monitored 24 hours a day).

Please note that in some cases the ability of the New Zealand Government to provide consular assistance may be limited due to restrictions on movement and other services.

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