Ministry Of Health Hopes To Lift Hotel Quarantine In Two Weeks

17 Testing Sites Approved By The Ministry For Incoming Travellers
10 Mar 2022 13:38
Ministry Of Health Hopes To Lift Hotel Quarantine In Two Weeks
Dr James Fong.

In the next two weeks, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services hopes to lift the three-day hotel quarantine period for arriving travellers.

This came after Dr James Fong, the Permanent Secretary for Health, and Medical Services, stated that the ministry and its stakeholders had identified and approved 17 testing sites developed by private entities to conduct testing for incoming travellers from travel partner countries.

In an earlier statement, Dr Fong had said that to substitute the three-day quarantine stay travellers would now have to book for testing, without requiring a hotel stay, as part of their prior approval to come into Fiji.

Yesterday, he confirmed that the 17 sites identified were well distributed throughout the country.

“The COVID Risk Mitigation Task Force comprises of Ministry of Trade, Economy and me we have given out approval letters, but we just need to put them altogether in a webpage so that the traveller coming in when they look into the webpage, they can see what options are close to where they live,” he said.

“Then what we want must happen is for the testing site providers they just need to do two big duties for us and that is to report back all their results both the negative and the positive and anybody who defaults they need to report it back to us.”

He said there would be punitive measures put in place to ensure that travellers show up to the identified sites to be tested.

“We hope to have in place punitive urges to ensure that not only the people who are supposed to get tested go for testing but also the providers of test report those who have defaulted.

“As with all punitive measures, this is mostly a promotional tactic not something we expect to find each one of those in breach of the practice.

“We do wish that if we have enough punitive measures, people will adhere closely in the sense people will actually get tested without having to be reminded and test providers will report those who do not come forward for testing.”

Dr Fong also said that any traveller defaulting a test would be subject to legal punitive measures.

He added that the three-day stay in a Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) hotel was never a quarantine. “The hotel stay is in place to facilitate the testing requirement on day two of arrival,” he said.

“We have noted that while many countries have removed all forms of traveller sequestration, the in-country testing conditions continue.


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