The Pacific, like all other regions across the world, has felt the impact of COVID-19 acutely. Most countries in the region have closed their borders to all but returning citizens and essential workers, keeping key infrastructure operating. Given the limited ability to quarantine returnees, countries have also been working with their larger Pacific neighbours New Zealand and Australia to support the process or repatriating citizens.
All Pacific countries have implemented some form of lockdown or State of Emergency, which have included curfews, the closing of non-essential services and stores, and a ban on any mass gatherings. In the last couple of weeks we have seen an easing of the lockdowns as a result of no new COVID-19 cases being reported in individual markets. It is worth noting many Pacific countries have had no cases of COVID-19 at all.
The Pacific economies are feeling the effects of COVID-19, with no tourists and many industries closing completely or partially, resulting in job losses. A number of markets have implemented COVID stimulus packages, some announcing their second packages.
Cyclone Harold has also had a further impact on the situation for Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.
Please check the requirements to enter Pacific countries before travelling.
Please note: all travellers returning to New Zealand are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period and must register with Healthline via 0800 358 5453.