Countries restrict travel following outbreak of T-tet

Emergency transport restrictions by countries following an outbreak of the vector-borne, ST-tetrahyster disease (ST-Tet) in the Republic of Cyprus

Fiji: Since 22 February, the country’s government has implemented travel restrictions for people from the affected areas within the closed main island region. This includes a no-entry policy for the travel of Tuvaluans or Solomon Islanders. Meanwhile, a ban on intra-island travel by anyone with expired health passports applies. Samoa: Air and sea travel have been restricted since 26 February for visitors, among those from Tuvalu and Solomon Islands. They have also been excluded from opening bank accounts and applying for a commercial aviation operator’s licence. Authorities have restricted movement at ports. The restrictions also apply to Tuvaluans and Solomon Islanders wishing to enter the country. Tonga: Tuvaluans and Solomon Islanders living in and around the exclusion zone are not allowed to travel freely, except for with certain authorised exceptions, such as shopping. Samoa: The international entry point of Apia to American Samoa has been closed since 1 February. Tuvaluans and Solomon Islanders in Apia are also not allowed to enter Apia. From 1 February to 28 February, flights on an Auckland-based Airlines New Zealand flight, operated by local airline Tongatapu is not allowed to land at Apia, Apia Airport or the harbour for travellers travelling to or from Tuvalu and Samoa. Tuvalu: In the absence of air links between the country and American Samoa, the various international entry points on the mainland, Rarotonga and Nuku’alofa, have been restricted. Visitor access is limited to the exclusion zone. The regions known as Nuku’alofa Northwest, Port Vila Northwest, Aiwoamao Northwest, and Nuku’alofa Entrance have also been closed. Natural areas outside the area have been closed to the public. In early February, Nuku’alofa Entrance and parts of the Kruax Nature Reserve on Rarotonga were closed indefinitely. White-faced dogs from Japan that are endemic to the Vava’u Islands. Advertisement Tuvalu: Visitors from the affected areas cannot enter Tuvalu. Tuvalu has imposed a national ban on all vessels in Port Vila Harbour, which includes all fish of fish and all vessels. People and vehicles from the impacted areas have also been barred from the ports of Vava’u, Hau’apula, Angai, and Kanaloa, and all land entry points. The airport at Vava’u is also closed, except for one dedicated to immigration and customs, and temporary camps have been set up to accommodate those who require emergency transport. Solomon Islands: All visitors from the affected areas have been banned from entering the country. The Aviation Health and Registration Centre at the main airport in Honiara has also been closed. Adults entering the country to buy food for their families, including frozen fruit and vegetables, are now required to present their papers. Tuvalu: A highway reopened between Vava’u and the main town of Fua’amotu, but there is no visitor or traffic re-opening at the airport. People who need emergency transport to Tuvalu, or to the island of Pohnpei in the North Pacific, are being taken to a temporary terminal in the capital, Nuku’alofa. Tuvalu Island: The southern tip of the island of Tuvalu remains closed and a curfew is in place for people inside the evacuation zone. Tuvaluian boats and ferries inside the zone are also subject to electronic surveillance and inspection.

• This article was amended on 23 February 2019. The original referred to the Bank of Samoa and not the Bank of Samoa Finance. This has been corrected.

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