EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF FIJI Brussels, BELGIUM
STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION
As part of the Fijian Government's ongoing work to contain the global spread of the coronavirus, Fiji's borders will be closed to all foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji. Similar to newly-instituted policies in Singapore and Australia, no passenger arrivals or transits will be permitted for those falling under these controls, effective immediately and until further notice.
As of 2 February 2020, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fiji. Given the global spread of the virus, the government has decided on this measure of extreme precaution in the interest of mitigating the risk of an outbreak of the coronavirus in Fiji.
Government is working closely with all international carriers to ensure that any travelers who fall under these restrictions are not permitted to board flights to Fiji at their international departure location. Earlier-announced precautionary measures to maintain a hygienic environment and screen ill passengers will continue to be taken in-flight to further minimise any risk.
Fiji is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and is prepared to pursue more stringent courses of action if deemed necessary.
2019 – 2020 Fiji Budget Documents
The Fijian Parliament has voted in support of the 2019 – 2020 Fiji National Budget. To view the 2019 - 2020 National Budget Supplement & Estimates, follow this link or click on the image below.
Fiji and EU Hold 4th Enhanced High Level Political Dialogue
Fiji remains committed to strengthening its relations with the European Union following high level talks held in Brussels in May.
This assurance was made by the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Hon. Inia Seruiratu who led Fiji’s delegation to the 4th High Level Political Dialogue between Fiji and the European Union.
Beginning in 2015, the objective of the political dialogue is to exchange information, to foster mutual understanding and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas, in particular by recognising links in the various areas of cooperation. Both sides use this Dialogue as a process to engage in dialogue based on the mutual understanding and appreciation of each party’s own respective development needs and challenges.
The Fijian Foreign Minister met with the EU delegation who was led by Mr Gunnar Wiegand, the Managing Director for Asia Pacific division at the European External Action Services. At these talks, Minister Seruiratu said that Fiji saw in the EU an important economic and political development partner not only in Fiji but also in the wider Pacific region. He added that the EU has played a vital role in supporting global efforts to highlight the impact of climate change especially in small islands developing states.
Key issues discussed at the political dialogue included Fiji’s desire to be included in the Schengen visa waiver list which will be reviewed later in 2020, EU-Fiji trade relations, tax cooperation, socio political developments and climate change. During the dialogue, the Minister also welcomed the interim arrangements by both Germany and France, to receive Schengen visa applications in Fiji through an external service provider. This interim arrangement will be implemented whilst Fiji awaits the EU to reopen their own discussions in 2020 on visa waiver requests. This arrangement will also avoid Fijians travelling to other countries to lodge their Schengen visa applications.
The Minister also welcomed the EU’s commendation of Fiji’s own socio-economic developments and Fiji’s international profile especially in the area of climate change and peacekeeping missions.
In commending the successful conclusion of the 4th political dialogue, Minister Seruiratu said that Fiji remains committed to the process of the dialogue and will continue to engage with the EU.
VACANCIES AT THE FIJIAN GOVERNMENT
On 22 January 2016 the Fijian Civil Service introduced Open Merit Recruitment and Selection. The focus of the changes is to ensure that the best eligible applicant for each position is appointed to the position. All positions in the Fijian Civil Service are available for open competition, and eligible, qualified people are encouraged to apply. Eligibility will be specified in the advertisement and job description, but is generally Fijian Citizen, under 55 years of age, of good character with a clear police record, in sound health and able to demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Public Service (as stipulated in the Fijian Constitution).
To view the latest vacancies, click www.fiji.gov.fj.
FORGING AN AMBITION PATHWAY TO 1.5ºC
President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands H.E Hilda Heine with the Fijian Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama have joined hands to become the first countries to signal their unreserved intention to raise ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020.
Read the COP23 Newsletter regarding the recent updates on the Talanoa Dialogue, including the leaders of the Republic of Fiji and Republic of the Marshall Islands renewed call for commitment by the world’s nations to efforts to combat climate change and the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC