21/21 covid-19 inter-island travel restrictions

  1. Given the announcement by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong on 21st April, 2021, this notice serves to inform all maritime stakeholders that effective from midday today (22/04/2021) at 1200 hrs, all passenger travels to outer islands will cease.
  2. However, ships carrying cargo will continue with increased volume to ensure food and other essential goods are supplied to the islands.
  3. Passenger travel out of Viti Levu will not be allowed until further advised.  Passenger travel into Viti Levu will be allowed.
  4. For inter-island shipping movement, please note:-

Small crafts and yachts intending to transport essential provisions between Viti Levu and closer islands are required to inform the Maritime Surveillance Center on toll free number 1539 or email operations@mrscfiji.org on their travel intentions. The following information should also be provided to the Centre.

  • Name of Boat Captain
  • Name and Number of Crew
  • Cargo
  • Departure and Destination Point
  • MSAF Issued Boat Number
  • Phone Contact

All Fishing Related Activities

Fijians wishing to fish for subsistence and commercial purposes during curfew hours, may do so, provided the fishermen depart their respective homes well before the curfew hours. For any fishing related activities and clarifications please contact the Maritime Surveillance Center on the toll free number 1539 or email operations@mrscfiji.org

RORO and Conventional Vessels

Enquiries regarding any services provided by Ro-Ro and Conventional vessels servicing of economical and uneconomical routes, please contact the Director of Transport Ms. Faranisese Kinivuwai on 99833245 or Senior Transport Planner Ms. Aseri Driu on 9906244 or email transportunit.fiji@gmail.com

The following precautionary measures must be strictly adhered to by all shipping and trucking companies.

  • Vessel operators must allow designated commercial goods vehicles (only) with its drivers to board the vessel;
  • Vessel operators are to keep a register of details for all drivers who board the vessels, including contact details;
  • All drivers and vessel operators are to wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times;
  • All drivers and vessel operators are to discourage crew members from unnecessarily disembarking at ports and jetties and socializing at these points. A 2-meter physical distancing rule should apply;
  • For inter-island shipping, operators and crew are to offload cargo and freight at a designated location on the jetty or port with minimal contact;
  • Drivers can move with their vehicles and deliver in outlying island. However, drivers/vehicles when disembarking the vessel must not at any time get out of the vehicle and must after delivery immediately, either return to the vessel or to a designated location awaiting the return trip;
  • Truckers and vessel operators are to ensure that proper precautionary measures are taken , including wearing the PPEs such as face masks, regular washing of hands, using hand sanitizers, and 2-meter physical distancing;
  • Members of the public collecting freight are to collect from the designated location, practicing social distancing. They are not to board the vessel under any circumstances;
  • All turaga ni koros are to liaise with the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs for more information.


Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji
22nd April, 2021

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