US declares Fiji ‘low risk’ for travel

Fiji Navy officers and Health Ministry officials conduct door-to-door COVID-19 fever screening at Narere, Nasinu. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FT FILE

Fiji has been declared a low risk country for travel by the United States government.

The country’s global health COVID-19 travel advisory urges citizens to avoid all international travel because of the pandemic but says countries such as Fiji, New Zealand and Thailand had been categorised at low risk level by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

“CDC recommends that people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 talk to their healthcare providers before travelling to Fiji,” the advisory stated.

“COVID-19 risk in Fiji is low. Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in Fiji decreased or stabilised.”

The CDC states policies in Fiji may require “you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country”.

“If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time.

“You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip.”

Meanwhile, Ministry of Health media liaison officer Sunil Chandra said the remaining six COVID-19 positive cases were still in isolation and recovering at the Lautoka Hospital, Fiji recorded its first COVID-19 death on July 31 when a 66-year-old man who recently returned from India died at the Lautoka Hospital.

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