Vaccine passports expected by December: Fiji AG

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The Fiji Government aims to make vaccine passports available to Fijians by early December.

This has been confirmed by Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who said it is amongst reliable tactics to verify the vaccination status of every traveling Fijian.

Sayed-Khaiyum said they have engaged a German company to assist the government effectively roll out this plan.

“Fiji has also announced that they are developing the vaccine passport which will be used both for domestic and international purposes. You’ll be surprised how many Fijians do travel whether it be for competitive sports purposes of various clubs overseas, for business or visiting friends and relatives it also works the other way too.”

The Attorney General said the government has also put together safety protocols that must be followed by tourists and residents who plan to visit relatives as well as friends in Fiji.

The government will secure these vaccine passports that are essentially digital vaccination certificates.

Meanwhile, December is already looking ecstatic for our national carrier Fiji Airways.

Chief Executive, Andre Viljoen said their schedules are already 84 percent loaded.

These are flights to major destinations including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Honolulu, New Zealand, and even Hong Kong and Japan.

“Obviously as we get closer to December and any of the countries remain close to tourism, we’ll have to readjust that schedule but we have that for sale immediately as we are talking.

Viljoen said here are exciting offers for Fijians leaving the country as well for tourists coming to Fiji.

In his national address the Prime Minister said that Fiji Airways planes are prepared and airports are adapted.

Bainimarama said the Fiji Airways team have been awaiting this day for months and are more than ready to fly tourists safely to our shores.

He said the national carrier has the highest possible SKYTRAX 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating and the Diamond certification by the Airline Passenger Experience Association or APEX.

Fiji will have a no-jab, no-fly policy.

Travellers aged 18 years and above must be fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

Before departing for Fiji, anyone aged 12 years and above must show a negative RT-PCR result for COVID-19 from a test taken within three days of departure.

At Nadi Airport, immediately upon arrival, all travellers must download careFIJI onto their phones.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS