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A member of the opposition has raised concerns over the opening of borders for the Tamtam Bubble saying Vanuatu is not ready.
Member of Parliament Johtham Napat said Vanuatu does not have the capacity and resources to open its borders for tourism.
“Resources within the health sector and the facilities for testing is not enough,” said Jotham Napat.
He expressed great worries over how Covid-19 cases in Australia continues to rise.
“Australia is a more advanced country to us, with enough resources to counter coronavirus. Still the cases continue to rise. Imagine if a case is found in Vanuatu. How are we going to deal with it?” said MP Napat.
Planning and risk analysis need to be taken before opening the borders.
In a response the Minister of Trade and Tourism said the Tamtam Bubble will not start big, it will start as a small window.
“Firstly, we will only open the borders to countries that have no cases of COVID, such as New Caledonia, Solomon Islands. And New Zealand will slowly join. We are not thinking of opening it to every country,” said the Minister of Trade and Tourism in Vanuatu, James Bule.
Minister Bule said the bubble will start with bilateral agreements between countries, so cautious actions can be taken when using the Tamtam Bubble.
At the moment, COVID-19 protocols for the bubble are not yet finalised but the Minister said it should be ready before the borders open.
The Council of Ministers have approved for Vanuatu's border to be open in September for the Tamtam Bubble.
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