Kiribati seafarers return home after being in Fiji for months

November 23, 2021 12:25 pm

142 Kiribati seafarers are finally returning home to their families after being stuck in Fiji due to the pandemic.

FBC News understands some of these men who were working for international shipping lines have been in the country for almost two years.

Following questions sent to the Kiribati High Commission, its Government has stated they have chartered the Reef Endeavor vessel owned by Captain Cook Cruises to take these men home.

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It will take them six days to reach their destination.

Prior to their departures, these passengers have gone through strict travel procedures and tested three times for COVID-19 with all results coming back negative.

These nationals are accompanied by three medical officers who will assist the Reef Endeavor’s medical team in monitoring and carrying out medical check-ups and tests during the trip.

Upon arrival at the Betio port, passengers of the vessel will remain in quarantine on the vessel for fourteen days under the Kiribati Government’s COVID-19 standard operating procedures.