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US travelers banned from FSM

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by ChrisM, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. CuriousRambler

    CuriousRambler Solo Diver

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    Can you provide a source? I'm not able to find any new restrictions beyond PRC, Macau, and Hong Kong.
     
  2. moose_grunt

    moose_grunt NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Saipan
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    Not sure about the OP, but there's a story about it in our local paper here:
    Marianas Variety - Marshall Islands bans government travel

    It's a bit unclear, as it specifically says the wider ban is on government travel, but then later says "The proclamation doesn’t ban travel by people outside of government but urges local residents to postpone international travel. Those continuing with international travel 'could be restricted from re-entering RMI if a state or country visited or transited through are added to the restrict list on the Ministry of Health’s travel advisory,' the new proclamation warned."

    It's also not clear about other people coming in, as it seems to only discuss residents traveling abroad and returning, not tourists coming in.

    Maybe the OP has a better link?
     
  3. moose_grunt

    moose_grunt NAUI Instructor

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    Location: Saipan
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    It's already begun in the CNMI (another story here). Projected government revenue down $48 million (almost a quarter). The government is cutting working hours by 8 hours a week (yay, three day weekends every week!), which will have a massive impact across the economy (less money being spent as government workers tighten their belts). I have friends in the tourist industry that are already being laid off, because there just aren't as many customers. It's not just the travel ban, it's the fact that people in other areas (for us, South Korea and Japan) are wary of traveling and are cancelling or postponing their trips until this dies down.

    Now back to the regular thread topic: travel to the FSM (which includes Chuuk/Truk, if any of you are planning trips out there soon).
     
  4. bakodiver391

    bakodiver391 DIR Practitioner

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    Location: Marshall Islands
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    The new (Friday Feb. 7) proclamation from the Marshall Islands IS ambiguous, but essentially it says the gov't can amend the "no travellers from" list at any time, and you can bet if they are barring returning citizens they will certainly bar travellers from other countries.
     
  5. jdevic

    jdevic Contributor

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    Location: Toronto
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    I just cancelled my trip to Palau and Pohnpei and Chuuk scheduled for late Feb over the weekend.
    United allowed me to cancel the flight without penalty. Turkish airlines charged me a cancellation fee for 2 regional award tickets.
    Both Sam's Tours in Palau and Mangrove Bay hotel in PNI are slow in confirming refunds...:rolleyes:
     
  6. ChrisM

    ChrisM Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    Accdg to a post by Manta Ray Bay Hotel they've lifted the ban although I did not see the source
     
  7. moose_grunt

    moose_grunt NAUI Instructor

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    Looks like Congress adopted a resolution at their session yesterday amending the original emergency declaration. Article 6 is seems to be that Manta Ray Bay Resort is referring to:

    "6. Initially the travel restrictions and quarantine requirements imposed on countries other than China, including those in paragraph (4) of the Declaration, are hereby lifted upon adoption of this Resolution; PROVIDED HOWEVER, that the President may reimpose such restrictions and requirements as necessary and at any time thereafter based on new information; and"


    However, as @bakodiver391 said above, there's nothing preventing them from reimposing travel restrictions at any time.
     
  8. ChrisM

    ChrisM Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    guess that’s always true
     
  9. moose_grunt

    moose_grunt NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Saipan
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    Yeah, it's #5 of the resolution:

    "5. The President is further authorized, subsequent to the adoption of this Resolution, to amend the terms of the travel ban instituted by the Declaration, including to reinstate, add or remove countries or areas affected by the travel ban, or any quarantine requirements, in order to respond effectively and efficiently to the evolving situation taking into account the burdens and costs associated with said quarantine requirements; and"

    Makes it really hard to do any long-term vacation planning...
     
  10. ChrisM

    ChrisM Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    Well I meant it’s true coronavirus or not.
     
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