The Council of Ministers (CoM) decision No. 103 on July 16 has approved the commencement of negotiations for the travel bubble, now officially known as the Tamtam Bubble.
CoM approved and recommended that Vanuatu borders will reopen on September 1st, 2020.
The ministers have indicated that they would open up the country’s borders to allow safe but strict movement of people and goods from Australia, New Zealand and other countries which have recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the last 30 days.
With the decision to open up Vanuatu’s borders, CoM acknowledged that the priority is to ensure health and safety of the people of Vanuatu is maintained. A technical team which will be taking the lead in negotiations of Tamtam Bubble will be established. The technical team will comprise partners from the Aviation, Tourism and Transportation, including the Airports Vanuatu Limited, Air Vanuatu Operations Limited, Vanuatu Tourism Office, and other agencies such as the Public Health, Vanuatu Immigration Services, Foreign Affairs, Customs, Biosecurity, Finance and Economic Management and the National Disaster Management Office.
The official declaration of Tamtam Bubble will be made on July 30.