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Fiji Islands Risk Level Elevated Regarding COVID-19

September 21, 2022 • 3:00 pm CDT
Pacific Island Countries and Territories
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While many areas are relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, the twenty-two Pacific Islands are reaffirming the commitment to stopping the pandemic in late 2022.

For example, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reissued its Level 2: Moderate Level travel advisory regarding the Fiji Islands COVID-19 outbreak.

The CDC stated on September 19, 2022, 'if you have a weakened immune system or are at increased risk for severe disease, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, talk with a healthcare provider about your risk and consider delaying travel to Fiji.'

'Even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you may still be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19,' says the CDC.

As of September 19, 2022, over 23 million second and 744,590 first booster doses had been administered in 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Health James Fong recently stressed that 'immunization remains the only means to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable in the communities, and urged the eligible Fijians to get their booster doses,' according to local media FBC website.

Separately, the U.S Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu says, 'There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Fiji.'

For information on Fiji's entry and quarantine requirements, please visit the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism, and Transport: https://www.mcttt.gov.fj/.

Entry tests can be obtained from Zen's Medical in Nadi, Lautoka, and Ba; and Nasese private hospital in Suva.

The local costs for these tests vary.

And U.S. citizens can contact the Fiji Ministry of Health via telephone: at +679-330-1677 for clarity on COVID-19 test facilities and/or fees.

For local assistance, the U.S. Embassy Suva is located at 158 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva, Fiji - Phone: 679 331-4466.

From an emergency perspective, the Smart Traveler Program is a free service empowering U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and to receive alerts if appropriate.

Vax-Before-Travel publishes fact-checked vaccine news for international travelers.

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