COVID-19: Fiji widens existing travel restrictions to include Spain

Security officers check bags as passengers get ready to board their flight at the Nadi International Airport. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

The Fijian Government has widened its existing travel restrictions to cover all foreign nationals who have been present in Spain within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji.

From March 18, 2020, Fiji’s borders will be closed to all foreign nationals who have been present in mainland China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Spain within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji.

In addition, all international air passengers will continue to be checked with handheld temperature scanners prior to entering the country, and their travel history and health status will be screened by border agents.

This was confirmed this evening in a statement from the country’s Department of Immigration stating thatĀ Fijians returning from mainland China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Spain are required to undergo mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to Fiji.

“All Fijians travelling overseas should be aware, if a country they visit is added to our restricted travel list while they are abroad, they will also be required to undergo mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival back to Fiji. Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, new countries may be added to our restricted travel list at any time,” the department stated.

Earlier, Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had announced that preparations were underway to introduce thermal scanners at our international airports.

He had also announced the ban on cruise ships to berth anywhere in Fiji, and that Government ministers, permanent secretaries, civil servants and statutory body staff members were not permitted to travel overseas barring exceptionally critical circumstances.

International events have also been banned and overseas guests are not permitted to participate in local events; andĀ Fijians are also strongly urged to refrain from any non-essential overseas travel.

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