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You can now depart from any port! Customs have removed the 'Opua only" statement from their web site.
ref The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border and Other Matters) Amendment Order 2022
(the Amendment Order) comes into force at 11.59pm on 2 May 2022. It amends the COVID-19 Public Health
Response (Maritime Border) Order (No 2) 2020 (the MBO).
(Note that you can still only arrive at Opua but that may change).
Check their web site but Fiji is open for the 2022 season. Port Denerau Marina, Vuda Marina, and Savusavu bay are the three designated anchorages for arrival. All documents must be sent to the FRCS prior to departure, email@example.com
Covid requirements are on the site mcttt.gov.fj This document seems to require crew to have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers Covid-19
On arrival at Denerau The Fijian Navy want you to anchor in one of two quarantine anchorages. The first is preferred but neither are good for running a water maker. (They are a bit bumpy and really more suitable for big ships).
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Crew Arrival in NZ - updated 16 March 2022
Yippee. NZ will be open for all 60 countries on the visa waiver program from May2, 2022.
There will be a lot of work to do on your boats but the good news is that the yards will have cleared out of all those already here and leaving in May so get your bookings in and get onto that work. I have already heard that bookings have been made!
Clearance is now from any port. (Confirmed 23 March 2022 by Customs)
If you need a pre departure test, RATs are available at most pharmacies and online.
If you need an official test and are departing from Opua you need to contact The Doctors at Kerikeri, tel 09 4077777, to book a test. Take your passport and $250 per person. The results come back via an official email within 2 days. Could be sooner but allow 2 days. The paperwork you fill in for your half hour appointment will take all your contact details. Be sure to stress the need for the results to come back with a letterhead as without that your agent cannot use them. The result must be emailed before 12.30 pm and you will get approval back by 5pm. If you will be sending over the weekend you will need to give your agent a heads up for it to be handled over the weekend. So to repeat, your official on letterhead result needs to be emailed to the agent by 12.30pm on the day before you want to leave.
In Pahia , Bayview Medical Centre, do have covid testing but with only 1 doctor and 1 nurse they are virtually fully booked with servicing the local community. They cannot do random testing and can only possibly handle one or two at a time. Ph 09 4027132
French Polynesia now allows entry for crew that are vaccinated.
Tonga has not announced any change to their no entry status
Samoa is currently in lockdown, March 23, 2022.
New Caledonia has opened for cruisers. BUT be aware of the need for Health Insurance.
"All the crew must have a Health insurance document which includes repatriation. The only exception is for French and other EU citizens.
Without evidence of this insurance, it will not be possible for the boat to be cleared into New Caledonia and it will be refused entry and turned away. If using an agent, then you should be advised of this requirement in advance of your visit."
Having now quoted the official version please note the following, kindly sent by SV Water Music, covering their check in procedure at Noumea. Thanks Stephen.
Entry process is:
1. Go into marina at port Moselle (there is no special q dock)
2. Fill out loads of forms (containing the same info!) - passports, boat registration etc. the marina office will e mail these to customs
3. Walk to municipal police - about 1 mile to do immigration. It is easy to find & marina will tell you where. Note the advice below.
4. Return to marina office to schedule bio check
5. Stay on board until bio check done. All they did was to take our rubbish away!
6. Customs may visit, but didn’t bother for us. If they haven’t turned up within 2 hours of arrival, you are free to go.
7. After 2 days you have to do a pharmacist PCR test. For us, it would mean Sunday & clearly covid doesn’t work on Sunday. As Monday is public holiday, our pcr will wait until tomorrow. The pharmacist that they direct you to for pcr does not do them - so we will work that out tomorrow.
It all sounds v complex, but the people are all delightful & really helpful. The one piece of advice I would give is that the police shut up shop over the weekend & at 1130 in the morning. We went through the Amedee light pass at first light - that got us to the marina by 0900 & we were fully cleared by 1300. If you miss this window with police, you can’t complete the rest of it - so worth bearing in mind when planning arrival at the pass.
We arrived at the pass at about 1/2 tide. There was about 1kt of tide at the pass & about 2 kt in the lagoon.
The Cook Islands have yet to make an announcement for 2022
Vanuatu appears to be still closed but I have not confirmed this for 2022. Rumours abound for a partial opening in July 2022.
Australia . I have yet to check the situation here but they have opened up most ports. Check on the web site.
If anyone has any fresh information please contact the following who will pass the information to those in the loop.