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The Fiji Times » Fiji Ministry of Health explores option for children

The Department of Health and Medical Services is considering requiring children under 12 to also undergo pre-departure testing before traveling to Fiji.

Department of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said beyond this potential change, border protection would be mediated by travelers being vaccinated, testing negative before departure and being tested in the country with a rapid antigen test.

“Currently, incoming travelers aged 12 and over must produce proof of a pre-booked, pre-paid rapid antigen test, to be administered after 48 hours, but before 72 hours of arrival in Fiji,” he said. declared.

“There will be exemptions for those who have tested positive and recovered from COVID-19 within 30 days of travel and who have fit-to-fly certificates.”

He said failure to pass arrival tests once in Fiji would result in a one-time fine of $1,000.

Dr Fong stressed that the lifting of masking and easing of travel restrictions were not a sign that the risk of COVID-19 outbreak and resurgence had passed.

“We reiterate the need for each individual to assess their own level of risk and resolve to continue to take measures such as masking and physical distancing.

“If you are at higher risk of contracting serious illness if you are infected with COVID-19, we strongly recommend that you continue to wear a mask in public, especially in crowded indoor spaces.

The ministry also recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 with no deaths.