1 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: Kiribati blocks Chinese travellers

11:05 am on 1 February 2020

The Kiribati government has placed all visa applications from China on hold in an effort to stave off the coronavirus.

Kiribati’s President Taneti Maamau reacts during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 6, 2020.

Photo: AFP

Kiribati is the latest Pacific country to impose entry requirements to stop the spread off the virus.

All visitors are now required to fill out a health form and travellers from countries with the coronavirus must go through a self-quarantine period.

Meanwhile, health authorities in Wallis and Futuna have ordered 5000 face masks amid concern over the propagation of the coronavirus.

Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Photo: AFP

This is the territory's biggest order of its kind as people worry the respiratory illness could reach the archipelago.

A heat seeking camera is operational at the airport to screen arriving passengers for fever.

Wallis and Futuna's only air link is provided by New Caledonia's international carrier, Aircalin.

New Caledonia has also introduced a screening system.

A planned Aircalin charter flight from China to New Caledonia for the Lunar New Year holiday was cancelled last week because of documentation problems.