Safe destination to Fiji

Fiji is taking every possible step to ensure it is viewed as a safe destination for business and leisure visitors.

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the comment in reference to Fiji’s continuing discussions to be included in the trans-Tasman bubble with its two biggest tourism markets, Australia and New Zealand.

“We are keeping very close contact with them and, at the same time, we are developing various protocols which can be in place that will ensure they feel comfortable in respect of including Fiji in the bubble,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said one of the protocols was the contact tracing cellular phone app announced recently by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He said the mobile phone app would be similar to that used in Australia and Singapore.

“If the border is open, for that matter, that does not mean that the Government forces the people to travel.

“Individuals should feel comfortable if they are coming to Fiji.” He said people would only feel safe if the right protocols were in place.

“Workplaces, visiting places, using of masks, food safety, use of taxidrivers, restaurants, getting out of planes, safety at the airports and temperature check-ups are a few examples of the proper protocols that need to be followed.

“We are looking at all these aspects of safety at work that will make them come to Fiji.”