Travel security zones will be no-tourist zones


Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill and Permanent Secretary of Health Dr James Fong. [Image: Fijian Government]

Hotels and tour operators in Fiji that welcome tourists must all become Care Fiji Commitment certified by the COVID-19 Risk Management Working Group.

The Care Fiji Commitment certification will be the industry standard for COVID-safe tourism.

All hotels and tours will need to meet the highest standards of comfort, health and safety.

Permanent Secretary of Health Dr James Fong said their commitment has been such that the tourism industry is paying for someone to draft COVID-safe training protocols and programs.

Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill said he hired a third party – Aspen Medical to develop the program.

It was announced that hotels should ensure access to comfortable and well-provided isolation facilities and medical care such as tests, routine staff swabs and escalation protocols in the event of cases. positives are detected by private physicians affiliated with these companies.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said hotels are required to arrange and bear the costs of all COVID-19 testing.

Bainimarama adds that hotels must also employ wellness ambassadors who will take care of the management and monitoring of these protocols as well as staff training.

These ambassadors are to undergo training under a program managed by the Department of Health and Medical Services in conjunction with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Bainimarama stresses that all these measures will be verified during the certification process and regularly applied thereafter.

He adds that the violations will result in the closure of hotels and tour operators.

Bainimarama also confirms that travel security zones will include all of our outer islands, the entire coral coast, Taveuni, Kadavu and all of the north.

He says, unfortunately, that these are places with low vaccination coverage.

The Prime Minister said that for the sake of their residents, these areas are considered “no-go zones”.

He adds that this means that no tourists are allowed.

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