New requirement for repatriates from high-risk countries

People returning on repatriation flights from medium and high-risk coronavirus countries must have a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before boarding.

This advice was issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV).

The new requirement to have travelers test negative before traveling was announced by the Prime Minister (PM), Bob Loughman, based on the recommendation of the National Disaster Committee (NDC).

Passengers coming in from high risk countries are restricted to Vanuatu nationals, all air operators have been informed.

High risk countries are those facing a surge of coronavirus infection. 

According to the Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Health, Russell Tamata, countries in the Pacific region like Solomon, Fiji and New Zealand are considered low risk while PNG and Australia are considered medium risk.

DG Tamata said passengers from low risk countries are mandated to undertake COVID-19 tests in quarantine facilities.

Following the resumption of repatriation flights, the Director of Foreign Affairs Yvon Basil said the repatriation of the final year scholarship students in Fiji will still happen.

Over 200 students are expected to return on two flights being arranged, he conveyed.

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