Health Alert– U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (April 7, 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.. A quarantine has been implemented around the Greater Suva area. 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 travelersworldwide 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.
Fiji Airways has announced a flight from Nadi to Los Angeles, departing at 5 p.m. tonight. As of early Tuesday morning, seats remain available. Citizens seeking to travel on this flight should call Fiji Airways at 3304388, 6720888, or 9103603, or visitwww.fijiairways.comimmediately.The U.S. Embassy has not received local authorization for citizens in the Suva quarantine zone to depart for this flight. If you are in Suva and seeking to depart, we recommend ensuring your bag is packed and that you check your phone and email frequently for possible updates in the event circumstances change.
The government has implemented quarantines around the cities of Suva and Nabua Settlement. A small portion of the city of Lautoka also remains quarantined. 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 governmentCOVID-19 websitefor updated information.
Actions to Take:
Consult the CDC websitefor the most up-to-date information.