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Travel under watch

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, December 22, 2012

THE Immigration Department will closely monitor and scrutinise travel across national and international borders during this festive season.

Director Immigration Major Nemani Vuniwaqa said a lot of travelling would take place this festive season thus the need to monitor borders.

"We are aware of the amount of people travelling during this holiday season and will keep a watch," he said.

"We will be keeping a close tab on persons under the watch list and normal checks will be held on our borders upon those leaving and those intending to come into the country. We are even carrying out passenger profiling for those travelling within our borders to keep track of the movement of people within our borders."

Major Vuniwaqa also confirmed that an Israeli national who was overstaying in a village in Taveuni had left the country.

He said the Israeli left after his application for a work permit was rejected by the Immigration Department. "We had rejected the application but he appealed the decision with the Minister for Immigration and this was rejected also," said Mr Vuniwaqa.

"We confirm that he has left the country."