Coronavirus Travel Information

Currently, due to the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 virus, the FCO advice for only essential travel, the widespread travel restrictions and flight cancellations, we are not taking any bookings at this time, unless you wish to travel from the autumn onwards.  With the uncertainty around the world at present, the need to isolate and preserve lives is paramount.  Our thoughts are with those affected by this virus, for our clients we are having to cancel their Pacific holidays and for our island suppliers and partners who are suffering terribly in these sad times.  We sincerely hope when things are better, and world travel is safe and allowed again, you will still come to us for your paradise Pacific trip.


 

As of 6th August 2020, many of the Pacific islands of the South Pacific have not had any confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus.  A few have had confirmed cases, and these tend to be located on the main islands rather than the smaller, outer islands. Most of the islands at this time, have had no new cases for many days, sometimes weeks now, and most patients with confirmed infection have either recovered or are still recovering.  Most Islands are now considered COVID-free.

 

As per WHO information, the islands or transit countries that have had confirmed cases, as of 6th August 2020, are:

Australia 18,729 total cases; 411 new confirmed in last 24 hours
New Zealand 1219 total cases; 2 new confirmed cases
French Polynesia 64 total cases; 2 new confirmed cases
Fiji 27 total cases ; 0 new confirmed cases for 15 days
New Caledonia 22 total cases; 0 new confirmed cases for 21 days
Papua New Guinea 114 total cases; 3 new confirmed cases
Guam 367 total cases; 0 new confirmed cases for 24 hours
Singapore 53,346 total cases; 295 new confirmed cases
South Korea 14,456 total cases; 33 new confirmed cases

 

However, all island nations are implementing procedures to ensure visitors are free of the virus before they are allowed to enter into the islands, especially for those arriving passengers who have visited, passed through or originate from a country with a high number of confirmed cases.  This may be requiring visitors who have not resided in a non-infected area for 14 days or more prior to arrival into an island nation to complete health questionaires or health inspection on arrival or for travellers to  obtain a health certificate to confirm they are virus-free, and many now have a complete ban on travellers arriving from specified or all countries as a temporary measure.  When these restrictions will be lifted is unknown, but it will be a gradual change, and we will advise as we have more information.

 

For travellers from the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advice for each island nation as well as general travel information regarding the COVID-19 virus and its effects for travellers.  The FCO guidlines at present are that UK travellers should not travel outside of the UK unless absolutely essential.

 

It is understandable that people may feel worried and anxious about the situation. It's a good idea to get the facts to help accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions. Please see Public Health England or NHS websites for up to date information and advice. For most people, COVID-19 causes a flu-like cough/cold-like illness, or they can be asymptomatic and show no symptoms at all.  However, it can make some people very ill, as the virus causes a pneumonia-type illness. sadly, in some cases, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, breathing or heart problems, cancer, had an organ transplant or have diabetes) appear to be more vulnerable and should isolate themselves from risk.

 

Many countries, including the UK at present, have a high number of confirmed cases, which may affect some UK travellers entering into Pacific island nations if your arriving flight transits through one of these countries.  Each nation is deciding on it's own regulations that could change at any time, without ANY advance notice.  We recommend travellers check the UK Government FCO Health and Entry Requirements pages for the nation or country they wish to visit.  See links below:

 

FCO - FIJI; FRENCH POLYNESIA; NEW ZEALAND AND COOK ISLANDS; KIRIBATI; MARSHALL ISLANDS;  MICRONESIANEW CALEDONIA; NAURU; PALAU; PAPUA NEW GUINEA;  TONGA;  SAMOA; SOLOMON ISLANDS; TUVALU; VANUATU; WALLIS AND FORTUNA ISLANDS

 

South Pacific Tourism Organisation consolidated Islands information - this page has information regarding procedures implemented by Pacific island nations, as well as links to health and Government information for most of the Pacific islands, as published.

 

NEW ZEALAND Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

COOK ISLANDS Arriving Passenger information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

FIJI Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE and HERE

FRENCH POLYNESIA Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

KIRIBATI Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

MARSHALL ISLANDS Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

MICRONESIA Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

NAURU Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

PALAU Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

PAPUA NEW GUINEA Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

TONGA Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

SAMOA Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

SOLOMON ISLANDS Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

TUVALU Arriving Passenger Information and Immigration Restrictions HERE

 

 

 

Links below for offical information pages:

 

FCO COVID-19: Latest Information and Advice

 

FCO COVID-19: Guidance for British Travellers

 

NHS COVID-19 Overview and Advice

 

NHS COVID-19 Advice for British Travellers

 

WHO Basic Protective Measures and Advice

 

WHO Current Situation Reports

 

Travel Health Pro Website COVID-19 update

 

Australian Government Smart Traveller website - COVID-19 update

 

 

 

To help stop the spread of the virus, guidelines are to stay a minimum of 2m/6ft away from anyone, or 1m/3ft with a mask or face covering, especially those who appears to be unwell or with a cough.  Wash hands regulary with soap and water or alcohol/antibacterial gels (if soap and water is not available), avoid touching face (eyes, nose, mouth) to stop transferring bacteria from hands to face and wear a mask or face covering when around other people. Avoid kissing, hugging or shaking hands with people at present.  If you yourself are symptomatic (coughing, breathing difficulties, raised temperature), self isolate yourself immediately and call 111 (or local health authority if not in the UK).  Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, with your arm/bent elbow, a tissue or handkerchief.  Dispose of tissues immediately and change handkerchiefs very regularly.

 

As of Thursday 6th August 2020

 


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