BY ALEX DADAMU
THE Honourable Minister for the Ministry of Commerce, industry, Labour and immigration (MCILI) Clezy Rore has called on all travelers, shipmasters, pilots and everyone to respect the Joint Travel Advisory which is a strict public health screening processes of visitors and returning residents at the international ports of entry into the country.
The Immigration Minister makes the call at the joint press conference held to update the public about the ongoing preparedness activities being carried out by the Ministry of Commerce, industry, Labour and immigration (MCILI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and WHO.
Minister Rore listed the restricted countries stating that according to the travel advisory currently in place, anyone who has been to those restricted countries upon arriving in the country either will be taken into custody for quarantine for 14 days or immediately before the arrival of the person either will be turned away and denied entry into the country.
The restricted countries according to the Minister of Commerce, industry, Labour and immigration (MCILI) are as follows:
- People’s Republic of China (PRC)
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
- Chinese Taipei
“The measures taken by the Ministries responsible are drastic but are necessary if we are to prevent COVID-19 from entering the Solomon Islands.
“I also want to advise that pre-arrival screening measure is in place and this includes but not limited to, Pilots and Ship Masters – you are required to report immediately upon arrival in the country – any sick person onboard your vessel or aircraft whose symptoms marches that of the COVID-19.
“Those sick persons will be accessed and screened, then quarantined,” he said.
The Immigration Minister in the meantime also revealed that under the Travel advisory, all Ships are allowed entry into the Solomon Islands via only two ports which is Honiara and Noro in the western province.
“This is so that Customs and Immigration Officers stationed at the Locations can access and screen all individuals on board the vessels according to the requirement of the travel Advisory,” Hon Rore said.
The Restrictions in place may cause inconvenience and frustrations, but it is introduced in the interest of the Solomon Islands population during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hon Minister Clezy Rore called on all travelers, pilots and shipmasters – do not take out frustrations on customs and immigration staffs but call the head offices.