Government of Kiribati response to COVID-19

 

 

COVID-19 Toll Free Number

197

Te nambwa ae e aki kabooaki are a kona n reke iai rongorongo ibukin te Covid-19

 

 

 

We are currently on Level 2

Please familiarise yourself with the Updated Alert Level described below.

 

  • Awareness to all levels of the public at large and community/church engagements on public health
    • no spitting and nose-blowing in public
    • cover mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Businesses, schools, workplaces encouraged to make their sites COVID ready
    • hand hygiene,
    • ability to space staff and improve ventilation,
    • able to shift some staff to work from home encouraged
  • All individuals to have their own masks (sufficient to have clean one daily) and get vaccinated
  • Review of existing national preparedness and response laws, polices and plans
  • Periodic testing of frontline staff(i.e ports, HCWs) and ILI cases. The frequency of testing will increase during operation of quarantine centers

 

  • Government agencies and private businesses will continue business as usual but must follow COVID-19 protocols of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services
  • Must exercise social and physical distancing
  • Must exercise wearing facial masks in public places
    • no spitting and nose-blowing in public
    • cover mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Periodic testing of frontline staff and restart quarantine period of all managed isolation facilities/li>
  • Restrictions on incoming passenger arrivals with exception of Cabinet authorised entries (aircraft and ship) implemented to ensure sufficient quarantine and testing capacity

 

  • Government agencies and private businesses will continue business as usual but must follow COVID-19 protocols of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Stores selling essential goods must remain open for customers.
  • Must exercise social and physical distancing
  • Must exercise wearing facial masks in public places
    • No spitting and nose-blowing in public
    • Cover mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Periodic testing of frontline staff and restart quarantine period of all managed isolation facilities
  • Restrictions on incoming passenger arrivals with exception of Cabinet authorized entries (Aircraft and ship) implemented to ensure sufficient quarantine and testing capacity.
  • Curfews as determined.
  • Inter-island travels to and from outer islands and South Tarawa and Betio will continue except for those who have not completed their COVID-19 vaccination. This condition also applies to crews of all sea transport and airplanes.
  • Ban all mass gatherings (>10 people) outside of the household and essential workplaces. Small gatherings of up to 10 people permitted with masks and distancing.
  • Closure of all non-essential services which will include bars (kava, liquor and nightclubs), bingo and church
  • Warning and signal for preparation for potential outbreak in community

 

Partial Lockdown

  • Closure of all non-essential services (shilft into online mode only). These include Bars (kava and night clubs), bingo
  • Stores selling fuel, food and other essential goods to remain open, while complying with COVID safe protocols
  • Government agencies and private businesses to remain open but must follow COVID-19 protocols of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Staff to be limited.
  • Essential workplace should limit the number of staffs and essential workers need to be transported in a safe manner
  • No Outpatient clinic in all hospital and restrict visit to hospitalised patient. Emergency services
  • Based on risk assessment - Temporary school closure on South Tarawa and Betio. Shift to online learning
  • Enforced social and physical distancing in public
  • Mandated wearing of facial masks nationally
    • Face masks to be worn outside the home unless in open outdoor spaces and greater than 2m distancing
    • Masks to be worn at all times indoors (outside the home)
    • no spitting and nose-blowing in public
    • cover mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Curfews as determined
  • Ban all mass gatherings (>10 people) outside of the household and essential workplaces including church gatherings. Small gatherings of up to 10 people permitted with masks and distancing
  • Inter-island travels to and from outer islands and South Tarawa and Betio will continue except for those who have not completed their COVID-19 vaccination. This condition also applies to crews of all sea transport and airplanes.
  • Cargoes and medical supplies will continue to be delivered to the outer islands.
    • Transfer of cargo to be contractless and conducted in COVID-safe way
  • Periodic testing of frontline staff and restart quarantine period for all managed isolation facilities
  • Quarantine of supporting staffs of quarantine based on risk assessment (i.e HCW staff, security, police, cleaners
  • Zoning depending on location of suspected case - lockdown of affected zone

Complete Lockdown (Nationwide)

  • State of Emergency
  • Request international help - medical team
  • People MUST stay at home - may only leave their homes for essential work or to access emergency services or for essential food or other shopping (24/7 CURFEW)
  • Scholl closure on all islands - online learning
  • Closure of all services (public and private) except for essential and emergency services
  • Mandated wearing of facial masks nationally
    • no spitting and nose-blowing in public
    • cover mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • If widespread community transmission is confirmed, then measures maybe further adjusted

 

 

Repatriation for stranded citizens

The Government is preparing to repatriate citizens that are stranded overseas due to the border closure amid COVID-19.  If you are one of those, please submit your information by clicking the link below.

There is a huge risk of importing the coronavirus into Kiribati as a result of the repatriation.  Your patience and compliance is very important to ensure you unite with your family safely.  Please carefully read and understand the information below before submitting your details.

Rules

Infectious Disease Regulation

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has published the regulation which outlines the preventative measures to be taken to keep the infectious disease from reaching Kiribati.  The regulation also outlines penalties that can be applied for non-compliance.  Please carefully read and understand it.

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Repatriation Process

It is important to understand and observe the repatriation process to ensure you do not miss out on important steps and information required from you.  Should you have any queries regarding the process, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned personnel for assistance.  You may also assist, when necessary anyone who may need clarification on the process.   

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Guideline for Quarantine

The mandatory quarantine of 14 days will be applied to every person coming from a repatriation.  There are designated locations for quarantine that will be a strict monitored 24/7 to ensure that everyone is comply with safety rules and practices.  Understanding the guideline is required as part of the repatriation.

Now that you have presumably read and understand the information above, please proceed to submit your information.

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What you need to know

 

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new virus. There is no vaccination or cure yet. Find out about the disease, how it spreads, who is at risk, what to do if you think you have it, and what resources and support are available to you.

How to prepare and protect yourself

COVID-19 has not been reported in Kiribati but nonetheless if is important to know and understand the basic information so you can prepare and protect yourself better if the virus ever reaches our shores

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What to do if you think you are sick

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.

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What are the symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses). read more

Who are at highest risk

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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What is social distancing

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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