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COVID-19: Medical Report Required To Enter Samoa

This comes after Samoa’s Ministry of Health issued a statement on Saturday highlighting the fast propagation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, especially the news of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand.
02 Mar 2020 10:28
COVID-19: Medical Report Required To Enter Samoa
Faleolo International Airport Terminal in Samoa.

Travellers from Fiji to Samoa are now required to undergo a medical examination by a registered medical practitioner within three days before arrival at Faleolo International Airport.

Effective today, this medical clearance report is required for check-in prior to issuing of boarding passes.

This comes after Samoa’s Ministry of Health issued a statement on Saturday highlighting the fast propagation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, especially the news of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand.

“Due to NZ’s close proximity to Samoa and the confirmation of its COVID-19 case in Auckland, New Zealand, the increased risk of COVID-19 entering Samoa has elevated from high to very high and its impact on Samoa’s population remains catastrophic,” the statement said.

All travellers entering Samoa from or transiting through all ports including New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, Hawaii and Tonga are required to undergo medical examination by a registered medical practitioner.

As part of the Samoan Government’s effort to strengthen the prevention of the COVID-19 entering the country, it has reduced the frequency of all international flights to Samoa. Fiji Airways flights have been reduced from five flights to two flights per week.

Effective today, the Samoan Government outlined the following:

FIJI AIRWAYS

Flights from:

  • Fiji reduced from five flights to two flights per week.
  • Honolulu remains as one flight weekly.

SAMOA AIRWAYS

Flights from:

  • Australia remains as three flights per week (Sydney two and Brisbane one).
  • New Zealand reduced from five flights to three flights per week.
  • Tafuna, American Samoa, reduced to four flights per day.

TALOFA AIRWAYS

Flights from:

  • Tonga remain as one flight per week.
  • Tafuna, American Samoa reduced to four flights per day.

AIR NEW ZEALAND

Flights from:

  • New Zealand reduced from six flights to three flights per week.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA

Flights from:

  • Australia remain as two flights per week (Sydney one and Brisbane one).

All airlines have been advised to make appropriate changes for flights into Samoa.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Feedback: jennis.naidu@fijisun.com.fj



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