Fiji considers removal of 3-day hotel stay for fully vaxxed travellers

Fiji is considering removing a 3-day mandatory stay in a Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) hotel as it looks to relax restrictions further for fully vaccinated travellers from travel partner countries.

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong did not provide any timeline, but said that doing away with the requirement would hinge on having more testing sites set up throughout Fiji, to allow travellers to still take their two-day mandatory testing without having to stay in a hotel.

“A 3-day hotel stay was mandated to minimize the risk of non-compliance to testing and to ensure that all positive tests were appropriately responded to while the traveller was locatable,” Dr Fong said. “We have noted that while many countries have removed all forms of traveller sequestration, the in-country testing conditions continue. As such we are supporting current efforts to have more testing sites throughout Fiji to which travellers can book for testing, without requiring a hotel stay, as part of prior approval to come into Fiji.”

These testing sites however will have to ensure results are relayed to the health ministry. Any traveller who does not take the test will be subject to legal punitive measures.

Dr Fong says the ministry of health is working with the ministries of trade and economy in approving this in-country testing for international arrivals by private entities.

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