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2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

Wed Mar 25 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Additional $40 million to enhance our health system's capacity to respond to this pandemic - on top of the $347.5 million dollars allocated to the health sector in this financial year.

$40 million top up will put more simple supplies like face masks to complex and expensive equipment like ventilators in our hospitals.

The $40 million top up will fund more personal protection gear for workers, and thermal scanners. It will also fund the set-up of fever clinics throughout the country to isolate at-risk patients.

2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

Wed Mar 25 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

$50 million dollars to the FSC to fund cane delivery payments.

Water Authority of Fiji is suspending all disconnections until 31 December 2020.

Additional $20 million to the education budget to cater mainly for teacher's salaries now that the total of teachers working in the country has been consolidated.

Additional $20 million in beefing up social welfare to cater for those who already qualify for social welfare.

2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

Wed Mar 25 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Banks will provide relief of an estimated $400 million for workers and companies.

A 100 percent write-off will be granted for the construction of new commercial and industrial buildings, provided appropriate approvals are obtained before the end of the calendar year.

A 300 percent tax deduction will be afforded to employers for wages and salary paid to employees who are self-quarantined, with approval from the Ministry of Health.

2020 COVID-19 Budget Response Address

Wed Mar 25 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Government will pay 21 days COVID-19 leave for low income Fijians who have tested positive for the virus, as certified by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Fijians in the informal sector who are confirmed to have contracted the virus will be paid a one-off sum of $1,000.

For students repaying Tertiary Education Loans, all repayments will be suspended until 31 December 2020, providing these working Fijians around $10 million dollars in immediate relief.

Association of Banks in Fiji: Exchange Control Policy Changes

Wed Apr 01 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Association of Banks in Fiji (ABIF) would like to advise members of the public that there are revised Exchange Control Policies implemented by the Reserve Bank of Fiji with immediate effect.

These changes include some facilities and applications for other facilities that require the approval of the Reserve Bank of Fiji. Certain transactions will continue to be delegated to the commercial banks but at revised limits. Please refer to the following table for full details

COVID-19 Update: COVID-Safe Economic Recovery

Sat Jun 20 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

As announced by the Hon. Prime Minister on 21 June 2020, we have now adopted “Phase 2” of Fiji’s COVID Safe Economic Recovery. The Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework outlines a three phased approach to a “COVID-Safe Economic Recovery”. It is based on the core principles of stopping importation of the virus, ensuring health system readiness, and COVID-proofing Fijian businesses and society at-large.

The goal of this Framework is to break potential chains of viral transmission before they take hold, creating a “new normal” that allows economic activity to safely resume in a manner that protects against a large-scale viral outbreak.

COVID-19 Update: Confirmation of Two New Cases

Wed Apr 01 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

As of today the 2nd of April, Fiji confirms two new cases of COVID-19. Our sixth case is a 21-year-old woman and our seventh case is her 33-year-old husband. The Couple with their daughter have been transported securely and hygienically in an ambulance to the Navua Hospital Isolation Ward.

The symptoms of these two newest cases started with just a runny nose, therefore the public is urged to immediately dial 158, our new, 24-hour toll-free coronavirus helpline, if you have any symptoms at all.

COVID-19 Update: Great Progress In Both Fronts - Recovery From TC Harold & COVID-19

Thu Apr 23 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Hon. Prime Minister announced the full recovery of 10 of 18 patients from the virus, indicating that there are eight active cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Fiji –– meaning that, for the first time, more Fijians have recovered than are currently still living with the virus.

Since Monday, the 20th of April, 114 more samples were tested for COVID-19, and all have returned negative –– meaning that again, there is zero new cases to report. The health screening effort in Ba continues to progress.

COVID-19 Update: Increase In Number Of Cases

Thu Apr 09 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Increase in Number – Plus 1

Fiji confirms its 16th case of COVID-19 as of today. The newest patient is the 9-year-old granddaughter of the gentleman in Labasa who traveled from India.

The young girl lived in Soasoa Settlement and has been in isolation since 4 April 2020.

Plea to Public

The sixth confirmed case stemming from the gentleman in Labasa simply depicts how long and dangerous a chain of transmission can grow if the public health directives are blatantly ignored.

COVID-19 Update: Increase In Number Of Cases

Fri Apr 03 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Fiji as of 4 March 2020 has confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus overnight. This is our single largest jump in cases in a day. Week over week, our new case numbers have doubled. The new cases includes:

The highly suspected patient, who returned from India. He likely became infected at a large religious gathering he attended while overseas in India. He was thought to be the source for Patients 6 and 7.  This patient did not declare any symptoms when returning from travel, and did not follow the directive of entering into government-mandated home quarantine –– a compulsory requirement for all those returning to the country from abroad that came into effect on the 19th of March;

Gentleman from Soasoa Labasa;

Navua Isolation: 11 year old daughter of the couple who tested positive for the virus in the Nabua Settlement;

Lautoka confined area: the 39-year-old sister of case number five –– the woman from our first patient’s Zumba class –– developed symptoms after she was already placed in quarantine within Natabua School;

A new case in Nadi which is unrelated to any of our other patients. This is a 20-year-old woman who also entered self-quarantine immediately after returning to Fiji from Auckland, New Zealand.

COVID-19 Update: Increase In Number Of Cases

Sun Apr 19 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Hon. Prime Minister confirmed, that as of 20 April 2020, Fiji recorded 18 cases of COVID-19. The 18th patient is a 51 year old female of Ba, who has a travel history from USA and was tested “soft Positive”.

With her following all the requirements of self- isolation, she poses as a low risk patient. However, all three of her family members have been isolated and other casual contacts traced and entered into compulsory home quarantine.

COVID-19 Update: Increase In Number Of Cases

Mon Apr 06 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Increase in Number – Plus 1

As of Tuesday 7 April 2020, Fiji has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The newest addition is a 33 year old gentleman, husband of an existing patient from Lautoka –– the Zumba classmate of patient number one.

All of the patients remain in stable condition. 

Person of Interest

The gentleman from Lautoka, considered to be “Person of Interest” has been has been cleared as his tests came back negative.

COVID-19 Update: Increase In Number Of Cases

Wed Apr 15 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

TC Harold

Fiji remains in the state of natural disaster from TC Harold. Also, the Disaster Management Team continues to reach to affect areas with food, water, shelter kits, and medical supplies.

Plus 1 to COVID-19 Cases

After testing 25 samples, today, Fiji confirmed its 17 positive case - 21-year-old man in Vanua Levu. This gentleman is a relative and travelling companion of case nine. They travelled together from India to Singapore and on to Fiji. This individual had successfully completed his 14-day isolation, however, was tested positive at the 11th day post quarantine.

COVID-19 Update: Increase In Number Of Cases

Sun Apr 05 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Increase in Number – Plus 2

The Hon. Prime Minister today in his address to the Nation, reconfirmed the 12th Case (the daughter in law of the India returned gentleman of Labasa), positive of COVID-19.

Additionally, Hon. PM, also confirmed two additional positive cases for Fiji, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 14.

Two additional cases include:

  1. Wife of gentleman from Labasa;

  2. Sister of Fiji’s very first case, the flight attendant from Lautoka and mother of COVID-positive one-year old baby.

Both cases are close contacts of previous patients, and both were already in isolation when their symptoms developed and they tested positive. So, the risk of further transmission is very low.

COVID-19 Update: Zero Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Fiji

Thu Jun 04 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Hon. Prime Minister announced zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji, and Fiji have not recorded a new case in 45 days; that is over three full incubation periods for the virus - granting Fiji a high level of confidence that the virus had been wholly eliminated within Fiji's borders. 

Over the next week we’re going to be reassessing some of our health protection measures. Like we’ve done from the very start, every step forward will be carefully considered, and every decision will be backed by the best available science. This measured approach is what brought us here, and it is what will bring us forward as we adjust to a new normal.

Care Fiji commitments

Thu Oct 29 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Care Fiji Commitment designed to reassure travellers that Fiji is a safe destination to visit on their next holiday. This incentive is Fiji’s obligation to the health and safety of everyone who lives and travels to Fiji. This is a move towards adapting a new normal and getting ready to receive international travellers. Businesses are invited to join the programme, making a commitment to adopting the Fijian Government’s COVID-19 Safe Guidelines, through the nomination of a Wellness Ambassador who will complete a training programme, create an action plan and train tourism front-liners on best practice in COVID-19 mitigation. Upon completion, Tourism Businesses can then access the Care Fiji Commitment tools and resources that can be displayed at their business. 

For more information click here

To express interest, click here.

Eight Fever Clinics Now Open

Sun Mar 22 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Eight fever clinics are now operating around the country (Sigatoka, Nasinu, Labasa, Taveuni, Savusavu,  and Nabouwalu and two in Lautoka), as part of the COVID-19 response plan. Only those who have a fever should present themselves at a fever clinic.

Entry Requirement in Fiji (Fijians & Non-citizens)

Thu Oct 29 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

With the easing of restrictions and gradual resumption in travel, health and safety protocols remains paramount for Fiji. 

Along with other measures, travellers to Fiji need a valid negative test result in the letterhead of the lab with a validity of 72 hours prior to arriving. 

Find out more by clicking the link below

Entry Requirements for Fijians

Entry Requirements for Non-Citizens

Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework

Vacation in Paradise (VIP) (WHEN BORDERS OPEN)

FNPF Uses Digital Platform for COVID-19 Relief

Thu Mar 26 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Following the announcement of the Supplementary Budget for COVID-19 and in collaboration with the Government, the Fiji National Provident Fund will be working closely with Employers when it rolls out the assistance program for members through existing digital platforms. 

The Fund is taking its cue from health advisories for physical distancing during this period and will be carrying out bulk of the assistance processes digitally. The Fund is liaising with Employers to ensure members in the affected areas that have been prioritized, are assisted.

Fiji Airways Announces Final Nadi-Narita Return Flights

Wed Mar 25 2020 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Fiji Airways will operate its final scheduled flight between Nadi-Narita tomorrow, and the return Narita-Nadi on Saturday 28th March.

The acceptance criteria from Nadi is that only Japanese citizens and residents will be able to board the flight. From Narita – only Fiji citizens, Fiji residents, Staff of the United Nations and European Union, Work Permit Holders, and Diplomatic Passport Holders will be able to board.

All guests are subject to the respective Governments’ requirements for international arrivals.

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