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Health Alert for Fiji (April 17, 2020)
April 17, 2020


Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji.

The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have announced a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.. Authorities lifted the quarantine around the Greater Suva area this morning. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Fiji Ministry of Health for additional information on these new measures.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  Fiji Airways has announced the suspension of scheduled flights, and the Fiji Government has announced the closure of Nadi Airport for scheduled flights. The U.S. Embassy is working to identify commercial flight options for those who have just been released from Suva’s quarantine zone. If you are a U.S. citizen seeking to depart Fiji and have not already contacted the Embassy, please email suvaacs@state.gov.

The government has extended the lockdown of Nabua Settlement (in the Suva area) for 14 days. Additionally, authorities have announced lock downs of two settlements in Vanua Levu: the Vunicagi Settlement (for 28 days) and Soasoa Settlement (for an additional 14 days). Inter-island travel by air and sea remains banned. Transportation to or from these areas, and public services including schools and government offices may be closed.  Private companies – including hotels, apartment buildings, or supermarkets – have closed, restricted access, or mandated temperature checks, limiting access to goods and services. Fiji authorities may announce quarantines in other areas on short notice as conditions change. Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

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