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COVID-19: Strategies Must Mirror Realities

Travel restrictions were imposed for all foreign nationals who had visited mainland China, Italy, Iran and South Korea within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji.
15 Mar 2020 15:37
COVID-19: Strategies Must Mirror Realities
All cruise ships entering Fiji are required to make first berth at ports in Suva or Lautoka for screening against coronavirus.

Fiji has responded quickly through the implementation of proactive measures against coronavirus.

Tourism Fiji said there were still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Fiji.

Travel restrictions were imposed for all foreign nationals who had visited mainland China, Italy, Iran and South Korea within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji.

Cruise ships

All cruise ships entering Fiji are required to berth at ports in Suva or Lautoka, where passengers must undergo medical and travel history checks.

Fiji’s destination has boosted its thermal screening process and early identification measures.

“One of these is the capability to undertake molecular testing for coronavirus in Fiji, which will allow a speedier assessment of any future suspected cases,” Tourism Fiji said in a statement.

“The situation changes on a daily basis and we continue to navigate a path through this global disruption the best we can.

“Our strategies are changing alongside the situation.

Strategies

“It is more important than ever that we work together to stay aligned with our strategies.

“Our regular consultations with the Ministry of Industry Trade and Tourism, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, S Society Of Fiji Travel Associates (SOFTA), Fiji Airways and Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) have been invaluable for this.”

Consultation

One thing that came out of these consultations was that consumer confidence in travel is currently really low, Tourism Fiji said.

“For that reason, we are focused on removing this uncertainty for those considering a holiday to Fiji.

“To do this, our national carrier, Fiji Airways, along with our hotel partners and ground operators, are offering flexible and relaxed booking policies, removing change fees to restore confidence in travel to Fiji.

“In addition, some of our activities and events have also been impacted.

“One event that we have received a lot of enquiries about is understandably Fiji Tourism Expo.”

Trade event

“It’s our signature trade event for Fiji, and we are optimistic that we can still deliver a great event to brings together our buyers and sellers at this important time.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and will be giving regular updates in the lead-up to the event.

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