Couple Stayed in Fiji for 10 Days did not Satisfy Samoa’s Border Restrictions

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The Ministry of Health have confirmed that there are now 6 people quarantined as a precautionary measure at the Faleolo District Hospital.

A Samoan woman and her Kenyan husband, are now under quarantine as required by Samoa’s Travel Advisory restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Health to protect Samoa from Coronavirus.

The travellers were in China for business and transited through Fiji for 10 days. The Ministry explained that the couple did not satisfy the self-quarantine protocol, hence why they have been detained for review.

The latest Health Travel Advisory states that all travelers from Mainland China, must spend at least 14 days of self-quarantine at country of last port that is free of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and must undergo medical clearance within (3) days prior to final route to Samoa.

Since the enforcement of the travel restrictions, 6 travellers have been put under quarantine with 18 passengers being denied entry into Samoa.

The six quarantined at the Faleolo District Hospital are all Samoans citzens or residents, including two sailors who transitted in China arriving into Samoa last week.

Two scholarship students who arrived last Friday are also in quarantine. One student is home for a family funeral and another came home for the holidays.

Travel Advisory Restriction makes it clear that if the 14 days is to be adhered to with no exceptions.

  1. All Travelers originating FROM or TRANSITING through Mainland China, must spend at least 14 days self-quarantine at country of last port that is free of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and must undergo medical clearance within (3) days prior to final route to Samoa. This must be their final stop before travelling to Samoa.
  2. If in the event you arrive within the 14 day period, health quarantine measures will be applied. Return to the country of travel origin will be considered if the traveler is a non-resident.