New port of entry procedures

ALL yachts arriving into Fiji are requested to give the controller of Customs two days prior notice as well as completing their advance notification of arrival using the C2-C form.

According to a statement from Port Denarau Marina, yacht owners need to contact the port control on channel 14/16 and request for entry into the port.

“If from a high-risk port, vessels are not allowed to enter unless first attended to by Ministry of Health. In the meantime, vessels must hoist and fly the ‘Q’ flag on the mast until cleared by (Ministry of) Health or unless you have received a radio pratique from the ministry.

“Vessels will need to inform Customs of any disembarking crew and reasons for disembarking,” said the statement.

As part of clearance procedures, visiting yachts are also requested to subscribe to and activate AIS while in Fiji’s EEZ (exclusive economic zone) waters.

Non-compliance with this request will see yachts that are not broadcasting to be shifted into their high-risk category and appropriate attention paid to them.

“Two government officials are only required for outward clearance, making the departure process much easier. The two officials are Immigration and Customs unless otherwise requested.

“However, an overnight booking at the marina with a prior notice of 48hrs before departure is still required so that officials can schedule accordingly.”

The announcement comes in line with Port Denarau Marina being officially declared a port of entry.

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