Fiji reviews COVID quarantine and testing for travelers – FBC News

Travelers aged 12 and over entering Fiji from a travel partner country can produce a rapid negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of scheduled flight departure.

Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says in other words that the more expensive PCR tests are no longer required to board flights to Fiji.

This comes as Australia recently changed its testing requirements for its citizens returning from international travel by accepting rapid antigen tests as an alternative to PCR tests.

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“Details of acceptable test kits are published online. The Department of Health and Medical Services will continue to monitor the global epidemiological situation and may reintroduce stricter risk reduction measures if necessary. »

Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji is also reviewing the requirement for three-day Care Fiji certified accommodation for arrivals in Fiji in favor of an entry system that allows passengers to submit confirmation of a COVID-19 test. 19 booked within 48 hours of landing in Fiji.

However, he says, before this change is made, more testing sites need to be opened in Fiji.

“We have launched an expression of interest for the private sector and we are encouraging more people to apply so that we can open as many test sites as possible. We will soon have more details to announce about this policy change.

Sayed-Khaiyum stresses that all Care Fiji certified hotels, transport operators and businesses must welcome this flexibility by further adhering to the measures required to maintain their certifications.

He warns that if they fail to meet the high COVID safety bar they have set for visitors, Ambassadors and COVID Safety Police will shut them down.

He says they cannot tolerate a bad apple in the tourism sector spoiling the lot of everyone playing by the rules.

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