Gulf Harbour Radio
This worldwide catastrophe is having a major effect on the 2020 cruising season. As I write this, June 22, 2020, most countries in the South Pacific, including NZ, have restricted arrivals in some way.
The situation is very fluid and Fiji's Denerau Marina now has a system for entering Fiji. The following is from their web site:
Fiji Maritime borders open to Foreign Flagged vessels and SuperyachtsAfter months of advocating to the Fiji Government, we are delighted to announce that the Prime Minister of Fiji, today in his speech declared maritime borders open for foreign flagged vessels and Superyachts.
There are however strict conditions to follow to ensure entry. PM’s speech highlights the requirements:
Fiji will be establishing safe ‘blue lanes‘, open to those yachts and pleasure crafts sailing to Fiji. Any boat coming to Fiji will be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis. The only port of entry will be Port Denarau Marina. If this pilot project is successful, extending blue lanes to other ports and marinas will be considered.
Those eligible to sail to Fiji fall under two categories, both of which will require them to be tested in another country before departing.
Arrival in NZ
Good news is that boats having completed the pre departure requirements can in fact come to NZ. This is covered in a document which I have put into our FLOTSAM section. The passage time is included in the 14 day quarantine period.
Coordination in NZ is taking place and marinas who have crew affected are talking to each other. The questions being raised relate to crew outside NZ wanting to return to their boats, as well as those in NZ with visas about to expire. At the moment crew visas, and TIE, have been extended to near the end of September. I have contacted the Minister of immigration to seek an extension of this time for foreign crew as it is not sensible to leave NZ at the end of September! I will update this site when I have a response.
We hope you are enjoying winter cruising around NZ. We are!
If anyone has any fresh information please contact the following who will pass the information to those in the loop.