Fiji's domestic carrier to require CareFiji app registration for passengers

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-24 17:08:54|Editor: huaxia

SUVA, July 24 (Xinhua)-- Fiji Link, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiji Airways and the official domestic carrier of Fiji, will now require all passengers to show the CareFiji app of COVID-19 contact tracing on their personal devices at check-in as part of the national carrier's travel ready program.

According to a statement by Fiji Airways on Friday, the CareFiji app registration is now required for domestic passengers to assist contact tracing efforts by Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Andre Viljoen, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Fiji Airways, said that for a family or group travelling and checking in together, one device with the CareFiji app is adequate. Fiji Link staff will update a manual contact tracing form with details of customers without smartphones or unaccompanied minors.

"The CareFiji app is very much a part of our 'new normal' in a COVID-world. Both Fiji Airways and Fiji Link will continue to play a leading role in its rollout, in close consultation with Fijian authorities and as part of our travel ready program," he said.

The CareFiji is a mobile application developed by Fiji under the digitalFIJI initiative to assist the Ministry of Health and Medical Services streamline and speed up its manual contact tracing efforts of COVID-19.

Currently, about 50,000 people in the island nation have downloaded the CareFiji app.

Fiji reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 19. It now has nine active COVID-19 cases after 18 patients have fully recovered from the virus. Enditem