A-G: Three categories of tourists to be allowed

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum conducts a national budget consultation in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Three categories of tourists will be allowed to enter Fiji under phase two COVID-19 measures implemented by Government, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He made the comment during the National Budget consultations in Nadi this week.

“We are in phase two of the COVID-19 situation of relaxing some of the measures, and Fiji is currently COVID-19 contained,” he said.

“It would have been a lot nicer if New Zealand was COVID-19 contained as well but in the span of a few days, they have eight cases of COVID-19.”

Despite the development, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Bula Bubble was specifically for Aussies and Kiwis.

“There is a particular level of trust that the Ministry of Health has on the health systems in Australia and New Zealand, and after following all our health protocols, they would be allowed to travel into Fiji.”

He said another category was visitors from COVID-19 contained countries.

“They should do the swab test before they leave from a very recognised health institution which our health authorities accept.

“And they would be allowed to roam like a normal tourist prior to the pandemic, since they would be coming from a country which does not have any active cases.”

The A-G said the Pacific Pathways involved Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga.

But since they did not have a certified testing lab for COVID-19, they would need to stay in the quarantine facilities upon arrival.

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