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US travelers banned from FSM

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

  1. jdevic

    jdevic Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Toronto
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    It is too late though, considering a lot people must have cancelled and cannot easily reinstate the tickets.
    Fortunately, I was able to get a refund from Sam's Tours in Palau after some initial delays and back-and-forth.
    The Mangrove Bay Hotel in Pohnpei has gone completely silent after 3 calls (including promise of refund) and 2 emails.
    I will likely do a chargeback and recommend folks here avoid them.
     
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  2. bakodiver391

    bakodiver391 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Marshall Islands
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    As of this morning FSM is calling for a 30 day quarantine in a non-coronavirus country before being allowed into the FSM. They are lumping all the US states together, not considering state-by-state cases. There are people here in Majuro now doing their 30 day quarantine so they can go home to FSM. This info is from a local newspaper reporter.
     
  3. jdevic

    jdevic Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto
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    Wow! United and IATA did update to say below today though (China only):

    MICRONESIA (FEDERATED STATES) - published 13.02.2020
    1. Passengers who have been in China (People's Rep.) on or after 6 January 2020, are not allowed to enter Micronesia (Federated States).
    - This does not apply to airline crew.
     
  4. bakodiver391

    bakodiver391 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Marshall Islands
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    Given the general malaise in the Pacific Islands, regulations are liable to be over-enforced, erratic, or not enforced at all. The Marshall Islands have been battling 3 different epidemics for the past 6 months, and are very proud that they kept the measles epidemic that caused so much havoc in the South Pacific, out of the Marshalls. The response to the coronavirus is liable to be "robust".
     
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  5. jdevic

    jdevic Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto
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    Yes - When I talked to the hotel in Pohnpei yesterday, they told me the President of FSM did not really lift the ban and it was just a rumour. What a mess. Hope people won't board the plane based on IATA database and get denied entry upon arrival.

    Luckily, they did issue the refund after all. Time to plan a trip elsewhere! lol
     
  6. ontdiver

    ontdiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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  7. jdevic

    jdevic Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto
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    I am not concerned about the health risk of the coronavirus myself. But it does impact international travel quite a bit.
    It is frustrating that I had to cancel my trip to Palau and Chuuk which I planned and booked 8 months ago
     

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