COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Prior to Travel

Yes, you will need to provide a NEGATIVE COVID-19 RT-RCP or Cepheid GeneExpert (Xpert Express SARS-CoV-2 test) for a nasopharyngeal sample taken not more than 72 hours before departure, following which approval will be granted to depart for Fiji. Turtle Island can assist with an approved testing location in Los Angeles.

Turtle Island have an approved Covid-19 test facility in Los Angeles. Your personal Travel Advisor can provide you with further information or please contact your local medical professional.

You need to get tested within 3 days (72 hours) before your flight — make sure to have actual results (not pending results) prior to traveling.

If you use Turtle Island’s approved Covid-19 test facility in Los Angeles, you will receive your test result within 24 hours. Other test facilities may take between 48 and 72 hours to provide results.

Unfortunately, if your Covid-19 test is positive, you will not be able to travel to Fiji. You should immediately isolate yourself, and follow public health recommendations.

You don’t need a Doctors certificate, but you do need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result within72 hours of arrival into Fiji

It’s not mandatory, however it would be worth minimising any contact with people between 14 and 7 days prior to your departure. Should you contract Covid-19, you will not be allowed to travel to Fiji.

Each insurance policy is different, please speak to your insurance provider to discuss your level of cover.

Assuming you do not contract Covid-19 from the person and you provide a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of arrival into Fiji, you can still travel. You should minimize contact with people 14 days prior to departure to minimize any risk of cancellation.

You should follow up with your GP or Medical Professional if you have any pre-existing conditions prior to any travel.

The minimum stay for Turtle Island Guests is 16 days, this includes the 14 day quarantine.

Travelling to Fiji

Due to the nature of close proximity in airports and aircraft, there is a possible higher risk of transmission. You can reduce the risk of transmission by wearing face masks and regularly cleaning your hands.

This comes down to each individual airline. The CDC strongly advises the use of face masks on planes. If you are flying with Fiji Airways, you will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of your flight. You should pack at least 2 masks per person, per flight.

The World Health Organization state that there is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food. Fiji Airways are following strict cleaning measures to minimize and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Source of information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-food-safety-for-consumers

Fiji Airways have gone to extensive measures to keep you safe during the pandemic. Details can be found via this URL https://www.fijiairways.com/en-gb/flights-travel-ready-hub

In your hand luggage, pack a minimum of 2 face masks per person per flight, disinfectant wipes and a small bottle of hand santizer (no larger than 100ml).

With all adults wearing masks and airlines following strict hygiene protocols, you are at low risk of infection. If you suspect you or anyone on the flight is unwell, please let a member of the cabin crew know. They will advise you on what to do.

Your Stay on Turtle Island

You will be transferred by Helicopter or Private Boat to the island. Your Personal Travel Advisor can advise you on the transfer options.

Prior to check in e.g. Transferring from Nadi Airport to Turtle Island, you will be required to wear a face mask and gloves. Once you are checked in and you’re in our 7 acre Private Sanctuary, you do not need to wear face masks on the island. However, during the 14 day quarantine period, we ask that you wear a mask if you are close to a member of staff or people outside of your group.

If you have traveled as a group or booked the entire island, you will be allowed to socialize with your group. You may not socialize with people outside of your group and you will be required to distance yourself from others during quarantine time. The island will advise you on arrival of the current protocols for safe distancing between each other.

Yes, families are welcome on either a full island rental, specific Family Time Dates or our Quarantine Sanctuary Package. Your Travel Advisor will advise if there are any child restrictions on your requested dates.

Yes, there will be hand sanitizer in all villas plus various points around the island. Each villa will also be equipped with face masks and disinfectant wipes.

There is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food, including fruits and vegetables.

Source of information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-food-safety-for-consumers

To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.

Source: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters#:~:text=To%20date%20there%20has%20been,is%20coughing%20and%20sneezing

General Fiji Questions

Fiji is considered Covid-19 free in the community.

Source: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-fiji

Fiji is considered very low risk for travelers

Source: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-fiji

Yes, Fiji has a contact tracing app. All travelers arriving into Fiji are required to download the app.

You can download the careFIJI app prior to your arrival here:

https://carefiji.digitalfiji.gov.fj/

Until the border re-opens, everyone arriving into Fiji is required to quarantine for 14 days. This will change as soon as people can freely travel in to Fiji.

Fiji has a good network of health facilities (health centers and hospitals). The nearest hospitals to Turtle Island is either Nadi or Lautoka (both approximately 25 minutes in helicopter).

Unfortunately, it has not been proven that the sun or heat slows the spread of Covid 19. However, there is no Covid-19 in Fiji Community.

Fiji is currently Covid-19 free within the community. Ensuring you and your group self-isolate and follow strict hygiene practices including the use of facemasks prior to your departure date will greatly reduce your chances of catching Covid-19. In the event of receiving a positive Covid-19 test whilst in Fiji, officials will contact you and the Island Director in complete confidence. Medics will assess your condition and you will be required to segregate from the rest of your group and possibly transferred to Lautoka Hospital on the mainland where the specialist Covid-19 team can monitor you closely. When your symptoms ease, you will need to provide a negative test result before you can fly back to the United States.

Should your systems worsen and you wish to fly back home to the United States, Medivac can be arranged at your cost to repatriate you back to the United States. Medivac will need to seek clearance from the US Government before your flight can depart Fiji.

Going Back Home to The US

Yes, you do need a test to enter the United States when you fly from Fiji.

On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect at 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on January 26, 2021

This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

You currently do not need to quarantine on entry to the United States providing you fly directly from Fiji. However, you should continue to take steps to protect others from getting sick. Wear a mask when outside your home, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not from your household, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.

Source: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-fiji

You currently do not need to self isolate on entry to the United States providing you fly directly from Fiji.

You should continue to take steps to protect others from getting sick. Wear a mask when outside your home, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not from your household, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.

If you participated in higher-risk activitiesget tested 3–5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.

Source: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-fiji

For more information on keeping safe after your vacation, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html