A passenger traveling from Asia to Vanuatu, but did not go through quarantine while transiting through New Caledonia (NC), was sent back on the next flight after arriving at the Port Vila International Airport yesterday evening.

Following the coronavirus outbreak in China and other parts of the world, the Vanuatu Government, through the National Coronavirus Taskforce has imposed a 14-day quarantine for all passengers transiting or departing China and Asia to come to Vanuatu.

As part of this measure, passengers must also provide a medical clearance from a certified doctor that they are free from flu symptoms before they can be allowed into the country.

This particular passenger that traveled from Asia through NC, did not go through quarantine before coming to Vanuatu, Acting Director of the Department of Public Health and Chairman of the National Coronavirus Taskforce, Donald Pelam, conveyed.

“He came on an Aircalin flight.

“He did not quarantine himself and also did not have a medical clearance.

“He was sent back and will need to go through quarantine in NC and obtain a medical clearance before he can come back to Vanuatu.

“The border control authorities are now very strict with the regulation and those who refuse to follow it will find themselves in a similar situation,” he said.

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