Repatriation Process

Kiribati is currently, as of August 2020, still COVID-19 free since the declaration from WHO of COVID-19 global pandemic of International concern. Kiribati has been preparing its capacity for COVID-19 until this time and will be slowly starting repatriating its citizens and diplomats from end of August. In the repatriation process from countries with higher or similar level to Kiribati’s zero transmission, Kiribati will pull in its greatest resources of manpower to work together in accordance with the established procedures of repatriation to prevent as much as possible the risk of inadvertent importation of SARS COV2 into the country. It is a national requirement from Ministry of Health Kiribati that pre-travel information is comprehensively understood, accepted and agreed to by all individuals prior returning to Kiribati. This is mandatory for all repatriates because we need to work hand in hand to contribute and share the responsibility of protecting Kiribati from the catastrophic health and economic consequences of COVID-19 importation.

The following statements must be well understood. For protection of the nation and in accordance with Public Health Regulations, an individual who breaches the procedures spelled out in this Repatriation SOP will be liable, after discharge from quarantine, to 1 year imprisonment OR $10 000 AUD cash penalty.

Pre-departure

*WHO 7th August 2020; COVID-19 symptoms:

1. New onset of Fever AND cough……OR

2. New onset of any 3 or more of the following:

Fever, cough, general weakness/fatigue, headache, myalgia (muscle cramps), sore throat, coryza, dyspnea (difficulty breathing), anorexia/nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, altered mental state.

Travellers from COVID-19 local transmission countries

  • Self health declaration that 2 weeks before flight date, you have been free of Covid19 symptoms (see annex- Health declaration)

  • You need to have spent 14 days in managed quarantine, free of symptoms at country of departure before returning to Kiribati.

  • All repatriates will need to test negative for Covid19 on RT-PCR or Cepheid Genxpert within 72 hours before departure time. All negative test results will be forwarded to Dr Tekeua Uriam email dhs@mhms.gov.ki, copy Maryanne Namakin secretary@mhms.gov.ki prior departure.

Travellers from COVID-19 free countries

  • Self health declaration that 2 weeks before flight date, you have been free of Covid19 symptoms (see annex- Health declaration)

  • All repatriates will need to test negative for Covid19 on RT-PCR or Cepheid Genxpert within 72 hours before departure time. All negative test results will be forwarded to Dr Tekeua Uriam email dhs@mhms.gov.ki, copy Maryanne Namakin secretary@mhms.gov.ki prior departure

  • Repatriates will be screened at airport and will not board plane if are symptomatic.

  • If travelling as family and if a family member is not cleared, the whole family will not be allowed to board the flight.

  • In the above 2 case scenarios, such individuals will wait for at least 2 weeks to be able to join next cohort of repatriates with negative Covid19 test results within 72 hours of departure.

  • All travelling individuals will wear face masks in departure terminal, in flight and at arrival in Tarawa.

  • Keep social distancing 2 meters apart at check in terminal

  • All travelling individuals must be sober on day of travel

  • All travelling individuals will be in managed quarantine sites for 14 days on arrival in Kiribati

  • Passengers will be required to pack a carry-on bag up to 10 kg of basic necessities and clothes for duration of quarantine on arrival at Tarawa.

  • NO alcohol duty-free, No Kava allowed to quarantine sites.

  • Relatives and families of returning passengers on Tarawa will need to bring bedsheets, pillows and other needs to quarantine site at KSON (Kiribati School of Nursing compound) one day before travel.

  • Family visits to quarantine areas is STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED.

  • If you are smoker, you are encouraged to get your 14 days supply prior departure as there will be no visitations by families in Tarawa for cigarettes supply.

  • During quarantine period, families on Tarawa will be allowed once a week to drop off at security for checking, necessities to quarantined family member. NO Alcohol, NO grog, No Kouben, NO metals, NO sharp objects allowed into the compound.

Inflight

  • All passengers to keep social distancing, one seat apart or more.

  • Wear mask all the time

  • Good conduct in flight

  • No alcohol consumption in flight

Arrival at Tarawa (Bonriki International Airport)

  • Passengers will disembark keeping to social distancing

  • Disembark will be coordinated; 10 individuals at a time

  • Keep face mask on while proceeding to health check until arrival at quarantine.

  • Proceed to steps 1,2.

Step 1. Medical check desk

  • Wash hand with soap or alcohol hand rub before medical check

  • Present health declaration, covid test result, contract agreement for quarantine. from Departure country

  • An individual with suspected symptoms will be immediately be escorted to a provided waiting area Step 1 A to await in-depth review by medical team.

  • A symptomatic individual will be escorted to Covid19 centre at Otintaai (NOT KSON) to be tested

  • After clearance from medical check

Step 2- Proceed to transport.

All passengers will proceed with their carry on bag and wait to get on the bus to quarantine sites.

  • All checked-in luggage will remain and be kept in storage at airport and to be retrieved by owner after discharge from quarantine.

  • Families and friends are NOT ALLOWED to visit/come to Airport

  • Police will be controlling movement all the way.

  • Passengers will move to designated buses and occupy numbered seats only

  • Police will escort these buses to quarantine sites.

Seafarers travelling by sea from COVID-19 local transmission countries

  • Self health declaration that 2 weeks before departure date, you have been free of Covid19 symptoms (see annex- Health declaration)

  • You need to have spent 14 days in managed quarantine, free of symptoms at country of departure before returning to Kiribati.

  • You will need to test negative for Covid19 on RT-PCR or Cepheid Genxpert within 72 hours before boarding and departure. All negative test results will be forwarded to Dr Tekeua Uriam email dhs@mhms.gov.ki, copy Maryanne Namakin secretary@mhms.gov.ki prior departure.

  • Travel by sea needs to be 14 days duration.

  • Health declaration of all ship crews and daily body temperature records for at least 14 days need to be produced before clearance for disembark port of entry.

  • When cleared to disembark, wear face mask, social distance and to follow step 1, step 1A (if necessary), step 2 as above.

  • Police will be in charge of controlling movements at sea port.