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QUARANTINE PROCEDURES

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QUARANTINE DETAILS BY MARITIME AREA

WEEKLY'S

May 18 2022  70% Vaccination Rate

Australia Reached
Cook Islands Reached
American Samoa Reached
Cook Islands Reached
Fiji Reached
French Polynesia Reached
 Kiribati 80 days
Marshall Islands 49 days
Nauru Reached
New Caledonia Reached
New Zealand Reached
Niue Reached
Papua New Guinea 22610 days
Pitcairn Reached
Samoa Reached
Solomon Islands 415 days
Tokelau Reached
Tonga Reached
Tuvalu Reached
Vanuatu 27 days
Wallis and Futuna Reached

 

 

 

CORONA VIRUS CASES GLOBALLY >>

Maritime borders closed ad of July 4 2021

GALAPAGOS RESTRICTIONS – VACCINATION RECORD AND PCR TEST

FRENCH POLYNESIA RESTRICTIONS LIFTED

Bonjour,

 

I have just recveid an email from the DPAM showing that the requirement to request permission to enter has been lifted according an order from the High commissioner’s office.

 

The DPAM no longer requires nor will they treat any requests to enter French Polynesia.  Below is the translated text from the DPAM.

 

This also means and I have a confirmation that the restriction on entry ports has been lifted.  It will take a week or more for the other islands to be aware of this change.

 

I hope you all are as happy about this news as we are.

 

Cheers, Kevin.

 

Hello, You will find attached the order HC 917 CAB of May 9, 2022 amending the order HC 7934 CAB of November 15, 2021. This order deletes IV of article 36 relating to reporting obligations and authorizations prior to the arrival of pleasure boats. As a result, entry clearance requests put in place for the COVID crisis are no longer required and will no longer be processed. Cordially, Kevin

FIN

In French Polynesia, from 3 January 2020 to 4:12pm CEST, 25 June 2021, there have been 18,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 142 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 19 June 2021, a total of 115,715 vaccine doses have been administered.

UPDATED MAY 9 2022
  1. Vaccinated and provide official evidence of vaccination from the country of vaccination.
  2. Meet normal requirements for maritime entry to the Cook Islands, under the Customs Revenue and Border Protection Act 2012.
  3. Meet normal Cook Islands immigration entry requirements.

All vessels that enter the Cook Islands must do so through the Avatiu Port, Rarotonga.
Approval to birth or land must be sought through the Harbourmaster and clearance received from a Customs Officer.

Updated Information as at Tuesday 25 January 2022 (CKT-10 UTC)

 

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE INFORMATION
FOR TRAVELING TO THE COOK ISLANDS

 

COOK ISLANDS AIR BORDER REOPENED

The Cook Islands Government made the important decision to re-open the air borders on 13 January 2022 (Cook Islands time). This decision was based on a range of high-level advice from the Government’s Border Easement Taskforce and data modelling experts in New Zealand. This reopening of borders allows for two-way quarantine-free travel from New Zealand.

Read the full Prime Ministers Media Statement here

For more information on what you need to know prior to travel, visit Travel Requirement Checklist - Click Here.

UPDATE: The Cook Islands Quarantine Free Travel settings with New Zealand will continue and the air border will remain open, despite New Zealand currently in code Red of their traffic light system. Updated 9pm Sunday 23 January 2022 (CKT)

TRAVEL ADVISORY

The Cook Islands current Section 9A Notice for Refusal of Entry under the Entry, Residence and Departure Act 1971-72, signed into effect from 12 May 2020 and still active, is as follows;

All persons are denied entry into the Cook Islands unless there is an exemption provided (in writing) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI).

Effective from 11.59pm Wednesday 12 January 2022 (CKT), the following groups of persons are exempted for entry into the Cook Islands, provided they meet the entry criteria specified in the COVID-19 (Air Border Requirements) Regulations 2021, summarised below:

    1. Group 1 - Any person who is visiting the Cook Islands under a visitor's permit (tourist) must:
      1. have been in New Zealand or the Cook Islands for a continuous period of at least 10 days before the scheduled departure date of their flight to the Cook Islands; and
      2. be vaccinated and provide evidence of vaccination; and
      3. have completed the online COVID-19 Cook Islands Ministry of Health travel declaration information form no earlier than 96 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight to the Cook Islands; and
      4. provide a negative result from an RT-PCR test administered no earlier than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight to the Cook Islands.
      5. For more information visit Visitor Travel FAQ

    1. Group 2 - Any person who holds a valid Cook Islands issued Immigration permit, other than a visitor permit, must:
      1. provide evidence of Immigration permit
      2. have been in New Zealand or the Cook Islands for a continuous period of at least 10 full days before the scheduled departure date of their journey to the Cook Islands
      3. be vaccinated and provide evidence of vaccination
      4. have completed the online COVID-19 Cook Islands Ministry of Health travel declaration information form no earlier than 96 hours before the scheduled departure time of their journey to the Cook Islands; and
      5. provide a negative result from an RT-PCR test administered no earlier than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time of their journey to the Cook Islands.

Exemptions from Vaccination requirements - a person from group 2 is exempted from the vaccination requirements if they have a medical exemption from vaccination which meets the requirements of the regulations. or if they are under the age of 12 years and 3 months. Home quarantine and mandatory testing requirements will apply to these persons on arrival into the Cook Islands.

    1. Group 3 - A person who is a Cook Islander or Permanent resident and child of Permanent Resident must:
      1. If a Cook Islander- provide evidence of their Cook Islands status; if Permanent resident -must provide evidence of their Permanent Resident status. To request endorsement of your Immigration Status click here
      2. have been in New Zealand or the Cook Islands for a continuous period of at least 10 full days before the scheduled departure date of their journey to the Cook Islands;
      3. notify the Ministry of their vaccination status and, if they state that they are vaccinated, provide evidence of vaccination
      4. have completed the online COVID-19 Cook Islands Ministry of Health travel declaration information form no earlier than 96 hours before the scheduled departure time of their journey to the Cook Islands
      5. Provide a negative result from an RT-PCR test administered no earlier than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time of their journey to the Cook Islands.

Persons from Group 3 are permitted entry into the Cook Islands regardless of their vaccination status. However, for those aged over 12 years 3 months who are unvaccinated and do not have a valid medical exemption, conditions of entry include a mandatory period in supervised quarantine (at the traveller's expense) as well as mandatory PCR tests on arrival into the Cook Islands and during the quarantine period Persons in Group 3 who are unvaccinated because they have a medical exemption or because they are under the age of 12 years and 3 months will be subject to at-home quarantine and mandatory testing requirements.

B) Applies to all travellers - Delayed or Rebooked flights
If the person's flight is delayed or rebooked by more than 12 hours but less than 24 hours from the original scheduled departure time, the person must also provide a negative result from a supervised rapid antigen test administered no earlier than 12 hours before the new scheduled departure time of their flight to the Cook Islands.
However, if the person does not leave New Zealand on a flight to the Cook Islands within 24 hours after their original scheduled departure time, they must comply with the usual testing entry requirements.

C) All those requiring MIQ
For travellers in Groups 2 and 3 who are not vaccinated and are required to enter MIQ as per the entry requirements, must provide evidence of their MIQ placement and confirmation from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management to MFAI 48 hours prior to their scheduled departure. Travellers will be refused entry without this confirmation.

D) All travellers must meet Cook Islands Immigration Entry requirements
All queries regarding this travel advisory can be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki on email: immigration2@cookislands.gov.ck.

Access to the Cook Islands is via New Zealand. All travellers outside of New Zealand will need to meet New Zealand entry travel requirements.

For Travel Advisory 06 January 2022 click here

TRAVEL TO PA ENUA (OUTER ISLANDS)

In order to protect our Pa Enua (Outer Islands), travel to these Islands has been categorized by 2 bubbles:

  • Bubble 1: Rarotonga & Aitutaki
  • Bubble 2: Rarotonga & other Pa Enua (except Aitutaki)

For all travel in Bubbles 1 and 2, you must meet the following requirements:

Bubble 1: Travel from Rarotonga to Aitutaki

  1. Provide a negative result from a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) administered on the day of departure to Aitutaki. A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) testing facility is available at the Airport with tests costing $10 per person. If you are transiting directly from New Zealand to Aitutaki, a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) test is required.
  2. Provide evidence of full vaccination or has a Pa Enua Travel exemption.

Bubble 2: Travel from Rarotonga to other Pa Enua (except Aitutaki)

  1. Provide a negative result from a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) administered on the day of departure. A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) testing facility is available at the Airport with tests costing $10 per person.
  2. Provide evidence of full vaccination or has a Pa Enua Travel exemption.
  3. Has resided in the Cook Islands for a continuous period of 7 days before the day of departure.

To apply for a Pa Enua Travel exemption email tmo.exemptions@cookislands.gov.ck

CONTACT TRACING IN THE COOK ISLANDS: COOKSAFE AND COOKSAFE+

All travellers will be required to use CookSafe and CookSafe+ which are the two official contact tracing systems in the Cook Islands.

CookSafe and CookSafe+ are the two official contact tracing systems in the Cook Islands. CookSafe is a unique QR Card that is used to tag in at CookSafe stations. The QR card will be issued to you in flight before you land in the Cook Islands. CookSafe+ is a contact tracing app which uses smartphone Bluetooth technology to register other CookSafe+ App users and NZ Covid Tracer App users in your vicinity.

THE COOK ISLANDS PROMISE: SAFEGUARDING OUR ISLAND COMMUNITIES AND OUR VISITORS

As the Cook Islands prepares to opens its borders and tourism businesses, vigilance is paramount as Government, the tourism industry and the wider community welcome visitors back to our little paradise. The Cook Islands have developed ‘The Cook Islands Promise’ which is a joint commitment to protect all Cook Islands residents, and international visitors, from the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus widely known as COVID-19. Developed by Cook Islands Tourism in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and Te Marae Ora, the Cook Islands Promise includes some basic measures when applied will help to safeguard all.

Hawaii continues with the state’s Safe Travels(link is external) program, even for fully vaccinated passengers.

Beginning July 8, 2021, individuals fully vaccinated in the United States or its Territories may enter Hawaii on domestic flights without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination. All other travelers must have their negative test results from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner(link is external) prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.

As of June 15, all passengers who are not in quarantine are free to travel between islands without restriction.

For more information visit hawaiicovid19.com/travel(link is external) and register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels(link is external) online system. Only test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners(link is external) will be accepted. Review new vaccination exception requirements at hawaiicovid19.com/faqs(link is external). All incoming travelers are required to have their temperatures checked and complete a health questionnaire online before they can leave the airport.
See full details below on steps and resources to efficiently plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands.

INFORMATION FOR TRANS-PACIFIC TRAVELERS, INCLUDING U.S. AND CANADA
Effective January 26, 2021, this CDC Order(link is external) went into effect. For international travelers coming to the State of Hawaii, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine.
On January 21, 2021, the President of the United States issued an executive order(link is external) related to travel. For the time being, no changes to the Safe Travels program.

Travelers from Canada may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they have a negative COVID-19 test result from a lab

June 18, 2022 by Maaba Katirite
The Government of Kiribati, through the Office of Te Beretitenti today announced that all international travel to and from Kiribati will return to normal on the 1st of August, 2022.
This official announcement also confirmed that the Government of Kiribati has reduced the compulsory in-country quarantine days for all travelers from seven (7) to three (3) days.
The announcement follows the Government of Kiribati’s confirmation that the country’s COVID-19 Alert Level has been reduced from 3b to 3c and it has relaxed the SOP guidelines currently being practiced as part of Kiribati’s preventive measures against COVID-19.
The New Public Health Order was effective from Friday 17th of June, 2022 and will remain for two weeks as the curfew hours have ceased for all islands that are infected by COVID-19.
Furthermore, inter-island travel will still be subject to the availability of quarantine centres on islands that are COVID-19 free.
Despite the relaxation of some of the SOP guidelines, the Government appeals to the general public to continue practicing health safety measures such as wearing masks in public and the continuation of handwashing to help stop the spread of the virus. The public is encouraged to visit clinics to receive vaccination and booster, 5 months after receiving second dose.
As of this week, the administration of the Pfizer vaccine for youths between the age of 12 and 17 years has commenced in South Tarawa and Betio. Parents and guardians are encouraged to ensure all their children are fully vaccinated to ensure the safety and well-being of their children and the general public.
#Kiribati #pacificposse
https://newsletter.visitkiribati.travel/2022/06/18/international-travel-to-kiribati-to-begin-01-august-2022/

Sat, 14 May 2022

Government has decided to further extend the lockdown period for 23 more days effective from 4pm Thursday 12th of May until 4am on Friday 3rd of June 2022 under Alert Level 3(b).

Based on the low number of new daily cases detected in the community for the islands affected by COVID-19, along with reports from Medical Team from Australia (AusMAT) and Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Government has decided to undertake a sustained and managed approach to manage the COVID-19 risks.

This approach reflects on the need to move to living with the virus whilst allowing critical economic activities and consideration for islands that are still COVID-19 free.

As the curfew measures will be relaxed overtime, Government stresses that vaccination remains a high priority for the health and wellbeing of the Kiribati people including SOPs such as wearing of masks, no spitting and washing of hands.

Subsequent to the decision pertaining to this extension, curfew order used for the last two weeks remains the same with new measures now put in place for the public to strictly comply with. These new measures which will only apply on the islands of Makin, Butaritari, Abaiang, North Tarawa, South Tarawa, Betio, Aranuka and Abemama are as follows:

• Curfew hours will commence from 1am until 4am.

• Travels to the outer islands and inter island travels are now allowed depending on the availability of quarantine centre on the island and with strict compliance with the travel requirements such as tested before travel, self-quarantine, tested negative before travelling, three (3) days quarantine on the island and tested negative before release.

• Councils are responsible to make preparations for designated quarantine center on their islands. For islands with Senior Secondary Schools, secondary school facilities will serve as quarantine centre to cater for the large number of students and staff.

• The Kiribati Police Service will continue to monitor for compliance to measures in place by the general public.

In light of this, the Government appeals to the general public to strictly comply with the health safety measures and those who have reached 60 years and above to take their booster doses at nearby clinics. Those who have not yet completed their two doses are encouraged to do so. Arrangements are currently underway to vaccinate those aged 12 to 17 years and this will be announced once ready.

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For more info, contact:

Communications& PR Unit, Office of The President, P.O Box 68, Bairiki, Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati Tel: +686-75021183, Fax: +686-75021466, Mobile: +686-73026636; E-mail: tteabo@ob.gov.ki

 

Tourism Kiribati Welcomes Border Re-opening Announcement

The Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) has welcomed the announcement yesterday by te Beretitenti, His Excellency Taneti Maamau on his government’s decision to open Kiribati national borders from January 2022.

In his announcement, President Maamau urged the people of Kiribati who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccines to complete both their doses before the end year. He emphasized that unity and complying with restrictions and regulations is very important for the safety of all I-Kiribati. The President called on old men and women organizations, church groups, youth groups, women organizations, Islands Councils, communities and fathers and mothers in every household to help encourage family members and friends get vaccinated against this deadly virus.

Through its Tourism Restart Program, TAK has developed the Kiribati Tourism & Hospitality Protocols for the New Normal and is currently undertaking COVID-19 safety protocol training for all accommodation providers. Properties in South Tarawa, North Tarawa, Abaiang, Tab North and Tab South have completed their training whilst the rest of accommodation and tourism service providers in other islands will receive their COVID-19 protocol training by November 2021. TAK CEO, Petero Manufolau confirmed that an industry-wide refresher training will be conducted in December 2021, prior to border reopening in January 2022.

As part of its restart program, TAK will also launch its Digital Marketing Strategy in September for implementation form October 2021, giving the Pacific Island destination 3 months to roll out its marketing campaigns and programs.

Travellers returning or visiting Kiribati for the first time in 2022 can expect an improved experience through the destination’s Mauri Mark program, a hotel assessment and accreditation program and the Mauri Way, a Kiribati National Tourism Customer Service program for all tourism service providers.

Details of Kiribati’s COVID-19 traveler requirements and protocols for the January 2022 international border reopening will be advised once it is available from government.

https://www.health.gov.ws/

 

Information for International Travellers

The current State of Emergency in Samoa remains in effect and had been extended from 9th May until 5th June 2022. Furthermore, Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has confirmed Samoa will welcome international travellers into the country from 1st August 2022.

 

 

 

ALL TRAVELERS AND CREW ENTERING SAMOA MUST COMPLY WITH ALL REQUIREMENTS.

Your compliance with the conditions listed is imperative to ensuring the safety of all travelers and our people in Samoa. We endeavor to keep Samoa COVID-19 Free.

For travel preparations visit the Ministry of Health website at www.health.gov.ws to download the Government of Samoa, Ministry of Health Medical Clearance Health form and for information regarding rules of quarantine.

The Ministry of Health appreciates your full cooperation and patience on arrival as you may experience long delays.

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27 Sept 2022

 

After two-years and six-months, Tonga has lifted most of its COVID-19 health restrictions, including that for international travel and the national curfew, effective from 27 September.

The border has now fully re-opened, with a requirement for foreign adults to provide proof of vaccination before arrival.

The Acting Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu, with the CEO of Health, Dr. Siale ‘Akau’ola and MEIDECC CEO, Paula Ma’u, declared Tonga at a “green light level’ and the national night-time curfew lifted.

Health

In more detail, Dr ‘Akau’ola said Tonga has only a few COVID-19 cases and the second wave of BA5 has exceedingly decreased, with number of deaths from COVID-19 remaining at 12.

“There is no threat to our health service and care, Tonga has a satisfactory level to return to normal. This is also the trend globally, as other countries have also returned to normal due to the downward trend of their COVID-19 cases.”

He said that the Ministry of Health made the recommendation to return to green to the National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC), who in return made the submission and approved by Cabinet last week.

“Operations of all airlines and sea entry via cruise ships or yachts, have returned to normal procedures and will resume on their own, without any health orders applied,” said Dr. ‘Akau’ola.

These approved conventions will allow all Tongans, foreigners and transit passengers travelling to Tonga to enter the country, without the mandatory COVID pre-departure testing. The mandatory testing to be carried out within three to five-days, upon arrival is also lifted.

“The only significant requirement that remains is that foreigners (12-years and over) are still required to show their vaccination card at check in before boarding, same with cruise ships, etc.

“Wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc. are encouraged but not mandatory.”

At the same time, foreigners who are medically permitted not to get vaccinated, but wish to enter the country, will need to provide medical documents to the Ministry of Health in order to be permitted to travel.

“Furthermore, businesses wishing to remain enforcing their own COVID policies, such as wearing masks for staff and customers can continue to do so. Before, the health requirements were mandatory, now they are just encouraged,” he said.

Vaiola Hospital staff will continue to perform covid-19 tests at the hospital for people showing signs of flu-like symptoms, if they come in with those symtoms.

In addition, anyone testing positive upon confirmed COVID-19 test, will still need to self-isolate in their homes for five-days.

Meanwhile, the MRNA Moderna vaccine (SpikeVax Product), the second booster shots, are targetting high-risk people only.

“There is no need for everyone to take this vaccine,” he said.

“Groups encouraged to take the second booster shot include; frontline workers, anyone planning to travel overseas, people aged 50 and above, and people who have underlying health issues.”

State of Emergencies ends 

Meanwhile, Tonga’s two national States of Emergency have ended.

MEIDECC CEO said the two States of Emergency had completed its course and were not renewed.

“The State of Eemergency for COVID-19, which has been ongoing for two-years and six-months is complete. The State of Emergency for Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai (HTHH) was also completed on 25 September.”

At the same time, the night-time curfew (Restriction of Directions) has been completely lifted and the curfew no longer enforced.

22 July 2022

Nuku’alofa – Cabinet has today approved the progressive opening of the country’s borders, with conditions and subject to review, from August 1, 2022.

The Prime Minister, Honourable Hu’akavameiliku, and Cabinet met earlier this afternoon and approved recommendations from the National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC) on the ‘Open Border Policy Framework for Tonga’.

“All travelers entering Tonga must comply with all requirements and conditions that have been approved,” Hon Hu’akavameiliku said.

“While we are progressively opening the borders we must emphasize that compliance with the conditions is important to ensuring the safety of all travelers and our people.”

Flights

Flights from and to Fua’amotu International Airport from New Zealand will increase to two (2) flights per week between August 1 to August 28, 2022. That will increase to three (3) flights per week from August 29 to October 31 and further increase to six (6) flights per week after that.

Flights from Fiji will be increased to two (2) from August 1 until October 31 while flights from Australia will continue with one per week.

Review of the number of flights and ships, including cruiseliners, will be at the discretion of the NEMC.

Travelers

All travelers aged 12 years old and above must have been vaccinated twice before they will be allowed to travel to Tonga.

All foreign travelers will need to have travel insurance, which can be bought when purchasing tickets. Confirmation of hotel booking or accommodation in Tonga must be sent to the email address travel@health.gov.to 48 hours before flight.

All travelers will also need to have a legitimate vaccine certificate sent to the email address and have a copy of the same for check in purposes and on arrival in Tonga.

Passengers who have medical conditions that stops them from having vaccination will need to provide proof with a written medical report sent by email to travel@health.gov.to. But the Ministry of Health has the right to deny boarding of flight to Tonga if they are not satisfied with the medical report provided.

Tests

All incoming passengers will need to have a negative Supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result within 24 hours of departure, including all those in transit over 24 hours at any airport on the way to Tonga.

Those who do not present the RAT test result will not be allowed to board flights to Tonga.

Citizens who have not completed their vaccination but wish to return to Tonga must pay for five-days of quarantine at a government approved facility. This must be communicated via email to travel@health.gov.to prior to booking. This is subject to review in October.

Arrivals

Arriving passengers will need to wear face masks at all times when they arrive at the airport and follow National COVID-19 Restrictions Directions in place.

All passengers must fill in the Health Arrival Declaration Form and will also be encouraged to download the Tonga ‘Atautolu contact tracing app.

A supervised PCR test will be required between Day 3 to Day 5 of quarantine for quarantined passengers, and results need to be sent to the Ministry of Health.

Passengers who return positive results will need to self-isolate at home for five days from the date of being tested positive.

Tonga is currently Orange under the Tonga COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework. This is the second highest level. You need to quarantine for 5 days when entering Tonga. A curfew is in place from 12am to 5am. Tonga has extended its COVID-19 restrictions nationwide until at least 4 June. Facemasks and social distancing are required in public, including at hospitality venues and on public transport. All businesses are open except for night clubs. Mobile phone and internet connectivity has been restored within Tongatapu, following the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on 15 January, and work continues to improve communications in the outer islands including the Vava’u and Ha’apai groups. Monitor media for the latest developments and follow the instructions of local authorities. A state of emergency remains in place due to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.to/press-release/travel-advisory-no-6-for-travelers-arriving-in-or-intending-to-travel-to-tonga/

COVID-19 Daily Update as of 25 June 2021 / Confirmed Cases: 0 / Tonga is COVID-19 Free

http://www.health.gov.to/
https://www.gov.to/press-release/important-contact-numbers-for-tonga-response-covid-19-2/

For further enquiries please contact:

Mr. ‘Alifeleti Tu’ihalamaka
Director for Communications
MEIDECC
Tel: 7749845/8413242

In Tonga, from 3 January 2020 to 4:12pm CEST, 25 June 2021, there have been 0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 0 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 21 June 2021, a total of 28,667 vaccine doses have been administered.

WALLIS AND FUTUNA IS CLOSED

Health situation update in Wallis and Futuna on Thursday, June 24, 2021:

  • 54.9% of the vaccineable population were vaccinated, i.e. 4,554 people received the first injection (1st dose)
  • 39.4% of the global population have a complete vaccination status or 4,341 people.
  • no new positive cases to date:

    Detailed Travel Advisory

    Published 18.05.2021
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to:
    – passengers arriving from Wallis and Futuna Isl.;
    – residents of New Caledonia, their spouses and children. They must present a completed Travel Certificate before boarding and to immigration upon arrival obtained at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Deplacements-entre-la-metropole-et-les-territoires-d-Outre-Mer;
    – residents of Wallis and Futuna Isl. who are nationals of France. They must present a completed Travel Certificate before boarding and to immigration upon arrival obtained at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Deplacements-entre-la-metropole-et-les-territoires-d-Outre-Mer
    2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
    – This does not apply to passengers younger than 11 years.
    3. Passengers traveling to Noumea (NOU) must register before departure at https://tinyurl.com/4t5hl4zv.
    4. Passengers traveling to Wallis Isl. (WLS) and Futuna Isl. (FUT) must register with the Authorities before departure at cov@wallis-et-futuna.pref.gouv.fr.
    5. Passengers are subject to quarantine for up to 14 days.
    6. Airline crew are subject to medical screening.

     

    Detailed Tourist Information

    Travelers must fill in a travel certificate (or “attestation”) (available here). All travelers over the age of 11 must undertake a test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure for Wallis and Futuna. The test is obligatory and the traveler must show proof of a negative result before embarking.

    Travelers may also need to produce a self-certified document affirming that they have no COVID symptoms and that to their knowledge they have not been in contact with any person confirmed positive within the last 14 days. You should check with your travel operator and the local Prefecture’s advice ahead of travel.

    Airlines may refuse boarding to anyone who does not produce both proof of a negative result and the self-certified document.

    It is also necessary to register with the Cellule d’Organisation des Vols (COV) before traveling to Wallis and Futuna. Further information is available on the website of the local Prefecture.

    You may be subject to a period of quarantine upon arrival. Please see the website of the local Prefecture for further details.

    These entry requirements are subject to change. For further information on the entry restrictions in place for French Overseas Territories, please see the French government’s website before traveling.

    If traveling via France, you should also check our Travel Advice for France.

FIJI IS RESTRICTED BUT OPEN WITH THE BLUE LANE SCHEME

Arriving and Departing Fiji

Effective 7th April 2022

Fully vaccinated visitors to Fiji can enjoy quarantine-free travel with supporting:

  1. Yacht arrivals undergo vetting prior to arrival by submitting their documents at least 48 hrs in advance to FRCS,
  2. Do a pre departure test
  3. including their vaccination status and insurance confirmation including COVID as part of cover.
  4. Vessels need to pre-book a test to be conducted on arrival by a nominated service provider since they would have covered their 2 – 3 days at sea prior to arrival and clear via normal clearance procedures thereafter.
  5. Should a crew be tested positive, they would be required to quarantine at an approved quarantine facility on Denarau Island (Sofitel or Hilton Resort) or a Government Managed Facility (Tanoa Hotel, Nalagi Hotel or Nasau Apartments) for a minimum of 7 days irrespective of their country of arrival.

We invite you to stay updated by directly visiting official sites:

Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport

Tourism Fiji


In Fiji, from 3 January 2020 to 4:12pm CEST, 25 June 2021, there have been 2,848 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 13 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 17 June 2021, a total of 265,037 vaccine doses have been administered.

Update:

16th June 2021 – The COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce has released a Public Advisory regarding a change in current protocols for the Blue Lane Initiative. 

Effective immediately, all yachts, crew and passengers approved to enter Fiji and for those already in Fiji under the Blue Lanes initiative are advised:
  1. Following the easing of restrictions in Nadi and Lautoka, vessels may disembark Viti Levu based ports for contactless provisioning, with the exception of the Lami-Suva–Nausori Containment Zone.
  2. Port Denarau remains a customs and quarantine clearing port for yachts arriving.
  3. Once a yacht successfully clears at Port Denarau and completes contactless provisioning, the vessel may cruise to other outer islands. The yacht must, at all times, display the Blue Lanes flag provided at the time of clearance.
  4. For vessels clearing outside of Viti Levu (Savusavu), while cruising throughout the island groups is permitted with a clear display of the Blue Lanes flag, access to Viti Levu is prohibited.
  5. Vessels cruising outside the Containment Zone may go ashore and partake in leisure activities such as water sports, snorkel, dive, etc. while observing COVID safe protocols.
  6. For vessels whose crew and passengers need to disembark on Viti Levu for any reason either than turn around provisioning, a mandatory 14-day quarantine on their vessel shall apply, prior to visiting any other islands. This will be undertaken at the designated quarantine anchorage at Port Denarau under the surveillance of the Fiji Navy. The yacht will only be permitted to depart for other islands upon clearance by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, as per the standard protocols of clearing yachts arrival under the Blue Lanes.
  7. All ports are to continue with strict monitoring and all vessels are required to keep their Automatic Identification System (AIS) turned on and visible at all times.
  8. Penalty for breach of any of these terms may result in seizure of the vessel.
These protocols reinforce Fiji’s containment efforts and will remain in place until further notice.
Port Denarau Marina, Nadi and Savusavu Bay remain the designated ports that will serve as clearance ports and quarantine anchorage for yachts under supervision by Fijian health officials and members of Fiji’s disciplinary forces.
Passengers aboard yachts bound for Fiji must adhere to Fiji’s rigorous quarantine protocols, including COVID-19 pre-departure testing, 14 days of quarantine at sea or in harbour, border quarantine exit testing and no disembarkation at any of the maritime islands, including those that are uninhabited prior to inward clearance protocols.

14th May 2021 – Fiji is currently experiencing our second wave of COVID cases in the community and therefore there has been changes made in protocols for the Blue Lanes Initiative. A full copy of the changes can be found here. We continue to receive vessels under the Blue Lanes as our maritime borders remain open. Please engage with an agent to start your application process.

The Fijian Prime Minister announced the opening of borders to tourist and yachts under strict conditions in June 2021. Yachts must apply and be approved before embarking toward Fiji, approval is not automatic and each application will be specifically assessed. Applications MUST BE THROUGH AN AGENT.

NEW CALEDONIA IS RESTRICTED BUT OPEN Jan ’22

To arrive in New Caledonia, you have to be vaccinated (certificate sent by email). Moreover, for the moment, it is necessary to carry out 7 days of isolation at home (a boat can be a valid residence).
It is important to know that the days spent at sea are considered as days of isolation.

So what I advise for the boats wanting to come to Caledonia :
PCR test 24 hours before departure (mandatory)
Clearance at departure (mandatory)
Arrive in Caledonia after a minimum of 7 days at sea (recommended)
Follow-up of the health of the people on board to be sent to the authorities as soon as you arrive in New Caledonia (mandatory)
Antigen test once the boat is anchored in New Caledonia (and after 7 days at sea or in isolation) (mandatory and free in New Caledonia)

Once this is done, you can enter Caledonia freely !
It may seem complicated but in reality you only need 2 tests (1 on departure and 1 on arrival) and 7 days of isolation or sea.

If some of your boats want to participate in the Groupama Race, we can help you and accompany you for your arrival in Caledonia (marina place, link with the local authorities, …)

I am of course available if you have any other questions or needs!

When New Zealand’s borders open

The Government has announced its 5-step plan to re-open New Zealand borders, commencing 27 February 2022.

COVID-19 update from the New Zealand Government

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

 

New Zealand’s border to open fully from July 31

New Zealand’s international border will reopen to visa applications, including for visitors and students at 11.59pm on 31 July, two months earlier than planned, reconnecting families, businesses and migrant communities.

Airlines and cruise ship companies planning a return to New Zealand in the peak spring and summer seasons will have the certainty they need to plan as the maritime border will open to foreign-flagged vessels at 11.59pm on 31 July.

Reopening the New Zealand border

The international border is reopening in 5 phases for fully vaccinated, eligible travellers to enter NZ and self-isolate.

The phased approach has 5 steps.

Step 1 — from Sunday February 27, 11.59 pm

The border opens to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers coming from Australia.

This means you can enter New Zealand and self-isolate if you:

  • are an NZ citizen, resident or otherwise eligible to enter NZ while the border is restricted
  • are fully vaccinated
  • have spent the previous 14 days in Australia or NZ
  • have had the pre-departure tests you need.

Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand | COVID19.govt.nz

Eligible travellers from Nauru, Tuvalu and American Samoa can arrive in New Zealand without needing to self-isolate.

Travelling from the Pacific

Who is eligible to enter NZ during border restrictions

You can enter NZ while the border is restricted if you are:

  • an NZ citizen
  • an NZ permanent resident or resident visa holder
  • an Australian citizen or permanent residence visa holder where NZ is your primary place of residence
  • people with border exceptions or a critical purpose reason to travel
  • a partner, dependent child, or parent of a dependent child who either:
    • holds a visa based on their relationship to an NZ citizen or resident
    • is travelling with a New Zealander or resident, or
    • is ordinarily resident in NZ.

If you are entering NZ based on your relationship to an NZ citizen or resident — for example you are a partner, dependent child or partner of a dependent child — and you do not have a visa based on the relationship, you may be asked to prove your eligibility at the airport.

To prevent this we recommend you fill out a Request to travel form so we can assess your eligibility before you travel.

Request to travel form

All travellers to New Zealand must hold a valid visa or an NZeTA.

Request an NZeTA

Step 2 — from Sunday 13 March, 11.59 pm

The border opens to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers coming from anywhere in the world.

This means you can travel to New Zealand and self-isolate if you:

  • are eligible to enter the border while it is restricted, including if you have a border exception
  • meet health requirements, including being fully vaccinated and getting pre-departure tests.

Applications open for working holiday schemes and are extended for skilled workers

You can apply for some working holiday schemes. We are reopening them on a rolling basis and the time for individual schemes will be confirmed.

If you are a skilled worker it may be easier to be granted an ‘other critical worker’ border exception.

  • You are now eligible if you earn at least 1.5 times the median wage (NZD $84,240 a year or NZD $40.50 an hour) for roles longer than 6 months.
  • We no longer require ‘other critical workers’ who meet the 1.5 times the median wage bright line test to demonstrate that their skills are not readily obtainable in New Zealand.
  • The highly skilled family reunification border exception is aligned with the 1.5 times the median wage bright line test for ‘other critical workers’.

Step 3 — from Tuesday 12 April, 11.59 pm

The border reopens to:

  • temporary work and student visa holders currently outside New Zealand as long as they still meet their visa requirements
  • temporary work and student visa holders currently inside New Zealand to leave at any time and return from step 3 (where their visa conditions allow).

Up to 5000 international students can apply for a border exception to enter New Zealand. We hope most students can travel here in time to start studying in July. We will provide more details about eligibility and how to apply.

Workforce class exceptions and events, and government approved programme lists, will be extended and updated. Applications for border exceptions under these class exceptions will open or be extended.

We will provide more details about the scope of new border exceptions and updates to exceptions and government approved lists.

Step 4 — from July 2022

Our borders will open to:

  • Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and other foreign nationals travelling from Australia
  • visitors from visa-waiver countries
  • Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders
  • temporary visitor visa holders who are outside New Zealand, as long as they meet their visa requirements.

If you have a temporary visitor visa and you are currently in New Zealand you can leave any time and return as long as your visa conditions allow you to. This includes if you have a guardian visa.

Note

The AEWV will mainly be limited to roles that pay above the New Zealand median wage. More information on this will be made available soon.

Step 5 — from October 2022

The border opens for all other New Zealand visa holders, including visitor and student visas, unless the visa is closed or paused.

Applications for all New Zealand visas will reopen, unless the visa is closed or paused.

When the New Zealand borders open | COVID19.govt.nz

 

Health requirements

While you do not have to enter MIQ at each step, you must meet some health requirements, including:

  • You must provide a negative pre-departure test.
  • You must meet vaccination requirements.
  • You will self-isolate for a period of time after you arrive.
  • You must do 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) during your self-isolation period on day 0/1 and day 5/6 and declare your results.

OPENING

From 21 February 2022, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia.

Preparing to travel to Australia from overseas Feb 2022

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/preparing-to-travel-to-australia-from-overseas

Follow the steps below when you are preparing to travel to Australia.

Check if you are exempt from Australia's travel restrictions
Australian citizens, permanent residents and visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

For information on exempt categories, or steps on applying for an individual exemption, see: Travel restrictions and exemptions. Please note: proof that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons is separate to a Commissioner’s travel exemption.

Check if you can access reduced quarantine requirements
Your vaccination status will impact the options available for travel to Australia.

If you are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when coming to Australia. However, this can vary depending on quarantine arrangements in the state or territory to which you are travelling.

Before you book your flight, check the quarantine and other arrangements for the state or territory to which you are travelling. Make sure that you are prepared to comply with any requirements, including by providing any required information to the relevant state or territory, and complying with post-arrival testing requirements. This also includes complying with arrangements for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years old.

If you are planning on traveling onwards to or through a different state or territory when you arrive in Australia, you need to check domestic travel restrictions. States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions.

You are responsible for complying with travel restrictions and requirements that apply to you.

Obtain your foreign vaccination certificate
If you were vaccinated overseas and you do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate you must obtain a certificate from the country in which you received your vaccination.

For more information see Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates.

Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate. Airlines will check this when you check-in to your flight.

If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons you must provide acceptable proof.

If you are unable to meet the proof of vaccination requirements, you will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller for international travel purposes.  You will need to follow the border processes for unvaccinated travellers when leaving or coming to Australia.

Complete a Digital Passenger Declaration within 72 hours before your flight
All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), unless they are flight crew.

You can start your DPD seven days before your flight and submit it within 72 hours prior to your departure for Australia. This is because you must provide your health information and declaration (vaccination status and COVID-19 test result) within 72 hours before your flight. The DPD requests details that are considered critical health information.

Passengers must provide evidence that the critical health information was completed before boarding the aircraft. This is an enforceable requirement. A person who fails to comply with the requirement may be liable to a civil penalty (fine) of 30 penalty units (currently $6,660 AUD). This is set out in section 46 of the Biosecurity Act 2015. Passengers who do not make the declaration before they board their flight may be delayed when arriving in Australia.

Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 test
A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to Australia. When you check-in to your flight you need to provide:

  • evidence of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test or other Nucleic Acid Amplification Test  (NAAT) taken within 3 days of your flight’s scheduled departure, or
  • a medical certificate as evidence of a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken under medical supervision within 24 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure to Australia.

You can find information about the evidence you need to provide at the Department of Health. You can also find information about exemptions from pre-departure testing.

If your flight is delayed, you will still be considered to have met the pre-departure testing requirements. You will not need a new test.

However, if your flight is re-scheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or other NAAT test taken no more than 3 days before the re-scheduled flight, or a Rapid Antigen Test taken under medical supervision within 24 hours before the re-scheduled flight.

See the Department of Health website for information about:

  • COVID-19 test requirements and the specific evidence you must provide
  • what to do if your test result is positive when you have had and recovered from COVID-19,
  • medical exemptions for pre-departure testing
  • countries and jurisdictions exempt from standard pre-departure testing requirements.

You are responsible for checking testing and proof of vaccination requirements for the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit.

At the airport
Travellers need to be prepared to present to airlines:

  • proof that you meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, or proof that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. For information on proof, see Vaccinated Travellers.
  • evidence of the negative pre-departure Covid-19 PCR test as outlined above.
  • evidence of an approved Commissioner’s exemption to travel to Australia (where relevant)
  • evidence that you hold a visa, where not an Australian citizen
  • the usual travel documentation including passport, immigration and customs declarations etc.
  • evidence that you have provided critical health information, which includes your contact details for Australia, a declaration as to your vaccination status and travel history for the previous 14 days. This is via the Digital Passenger Declaration, submitted prior to departure as outlined above
  • evidence of your approved modified quarantine arrangements (where relevant)

It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are travelling with and any countries you will transit.

Hello Captain
Our border re-opens for vaccinated visitors  from March 31st. In the interim please
direct your questions to Brenda Christian, Police and Immigration at:
immigration@pitcairn.gov.pn 
All the best
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The Vanuatu Tourism Office is excited to announce that Vanuatu will open its borders to fully-vaccinated international travelers from 1 July, 2022 with no quarantine or arrival caps.

https://covid19.gov.vu/

Health Alert: Vanuatu, Community Transmission of COVID-19

Location: Port Vila, Vanuatu

The first case of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. The Ministry of Health has enacted a curfew between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. effective March 5-8, 2022. All schools and work places have been closed, and church gatherings, social events, and public gatherings are prohibited on Efate and its offshore islands. All inbound and outbound travel by sea and air to/from Efate island is prohibited. Military roadblocks have been reported and may appear without warning. Efate island is at Alert Level 2; all other islands remain at Level 0.

In Vanuatu, from 3 January 2020 to 4:12pm CEST, 25 June 2021, there have been 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 0 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 16 June 2021, a total of 5,140 vaccine doses have been administered.

Solomon Islands To Reopen Borders In July '22

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced the full reopening of international borders, commencing on 1 July 2022.

Cabinet has approved the reopening of borders, following recommendations from the Border Opening Committee of the COVID-19 Oversight Committee.

This move comes after the eventual easing of COVID-19 restrictions from last month, which means domestic restrictions will be lifted by the end of May 2022.

This will see the lifting of restrictions on domestic shipping and travel through domestic ships and aircraft, lifting restrictions on mass gatherings such as churches, weddings, sporting activities, nightclubs and lifting restrictions on international cargo vessels.

In relation to incoming international travellers, the post arrival quarantine period for all international travellers will drop to 6 days from 1st June 2022 at the latest.

This easing of restrictions simply means that from 1 July 2022 foreign nationals wishing to enter the country no longer have to apply for exemption through the oversight committee starting from this date.

However, all pre-arrival health requirements will be strictly applied to ensure we can still protect the country as much as possible from possible new variants of COVID-19 that may inadvertently enter the country.

This means all incoming travellers must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, in addition to a negative RAT test within 12 hours of arrival. Only people that have completed their vaccinations will be allowed to enter the country from overseas, except for children that cannot be vaccinated.

Sogavare further announced that it is likely that “we might still retain a shorter quarantine period of 3-days after the full opening of our borders on July 1”.
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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced the full reopening of international borders, commencing on 1 July 2022.

Cabinet has approved the reopening of borders, following recommendations from the Border Opening Committee of the COVID-19 Oversight Committee.

This move comes after the eventual easing of COVID-19 restrictions from last month, which means domestic restrictions will be lifted by the end of May 2022.

This will see the lifting of restrictions on domestic shipping and travel through domestic ships and aircraft, lifting restrictions on mass gatherings such as churches, weddings, sporting activities, nightclubs and lifting restrictions on international cargo vessels.

In relation to incoming international travellers, the post arrival quarantine period for all international travellers will drop to 6 days from 1st June 2022 at the latest.

This easing of restrictions simply means that from 1 July 2022 foreign nationals wishing to enter the country no longer have to apply for exemption through the oversight committee starting from this date.

However, all pre-arrival health requirements will be strictly applied to ensure we can still protect the country as much as possible from possible new variants of COVID-19 that may inadvertently enter the country.

This means all incoming travellers must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, in addition to a negative RAT test within 12 hours of arrival. Only people that have completed their vaccinations will be allowed to enter the country from overseas, except for children that cannot be vaccinated.

Sogavare further announced that it is likely that “we might still retain a shorter quarantine period of 3-days after the full opening of our borders on July 1”.

In Solomon Islands, from 3 January 2020 to 4:12pm CEST, 25 June 2021, there have been 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 0 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 10 June 2021, a total of 21,469 vaccine doses have been administered.

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