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Border patrol priorities

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, March 31, 2014

THE Immigration Department is yet to apprehend a person or a foreign vessel entering the Vanua Levu waters for smuggling activities.

However, the department is continuing to work closely with the border control agencies in the North to monitor such activities.

In an interview with this newspaper yesterday, Director Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa said the patrol was also a nationwide activity.

"All foreign vessels including yachts entering the country will first be inspected before they are cleared to stay in Fiji," he said.

"This is also done before the vessels leave our shores so we ensure all the crew members that came in are included in the trip and also, no extra passenger is taken with them.

"We also want to ensure no drugs or other illegal items are brought into the country.

"For yachts, owners are given cruising permits to cruise around Fiji waters."

Mr Vuniwaqa said they had not apprehended a person or a vessel in the North so far for smuggling.

"But we continue to monitor our borders for the purpose of ensuring a safer community."


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