All returning citizens, residents and non-citizens will have to pay for their own quarantine costs from now onwards.
This administrative decision has been approved by the National Disaster Committee (NDC), said Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Health and Spokesperson of all COVID-19 matters, Russel Tamata.
“It’s not a regulation but an administrative decision approved by NDC,” he said
“From now on, individuals returning on repatriation flights have to meet their own quarantine expenses. The cost of quarantine depends on the rates offered by the quarantine facilities.”
Quarantine is mandatory for anyone entering Vanuatu. Returning citizens and residents are required to complete 14-days quarantine at a designated facility.
The government has been meeting accommodation costs and meals for every returning citizens and residents since the first phase of repatriation.
The governments of Australia and New Zealand as sponsors of the seasonal work programs have been assisting with transport costs for seasonal workers.
DG Tamata said a revised version of the decision taken by NDC will be made once the Bill of the Public Health (Amendment) Act is passed by Parliament.
One of the changes expected from the Public Health (Amendment) Act going before parliament soon is for returning citizens, residents and non-citizens to meet own transport and quarantine expenses.
The Daily Post has been told that an individual who cannot afford to pay for these costs must demonstrate his financial incapability to qualify for a waiver under the new amendment.