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Fijians to pay quarantine costs for non-essential travel

March 13, 2021 12:25 pm

The Fijian government will no longer cover the cost of non-essential repatriation from the 29th of this month.

This follows reports of individuals repeatedly taking advantage of Fiji’s government-funded quarantine arrangement.

Fijians planning to repatriate for personal reasons, including to visit friends and family, will be required to self-fund the cost of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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The new charges apply to all Fijian passport holders, including those who have been living overseas and are dual passport holders or permanent residents of another country.

The charges will include the cost of accommodation and meals, which will be directly payable to the quarantine facilities.

These charges will depend on the quarantine facility and will average around $2,200 for the entire 14-day quarantine.

Exemptions from these charges will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and approved by the Quarantine Authority of Fiji, which is the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services.

Exemption criteria is as follows:

Fijian citizens who have travelled outside of before 28 March 2020 and are now returning home:

Students and their approved dependents on Government sponsored or Government endorsed scholarships returning after completion of studies.

Patient and approved companion referred/supported by the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services to seek medical assistance/intervention overseas.

Fijian citizens employed under a Government-to-Government arrangement that the Fijian Government is a party to, such as workers returning under labour schemes.

Returning servicemen, Fijian Government officials, Fijian Diplomats (including spouse and children under the age of 18 years) who have travelled for official purposes.

Since March 2020, more than 12,800 Fijians have been repatriated through Fiji’s COVID-safe quarantine protocols at a direct cost of over $18 million to government to cover meals, accommodation, swab tests, transportation and personnel costs.

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