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Good News From Fiji

By doina — last modified Mar 26, 2008 01:17 PM

Published: 2008-03-26 13:17:39
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: Fiji

Michael Homsany of Bebi Electronics has informed Noonsite that, due to the concerted efforts of many people including himself, the Fijian Government yesterday announced the reversal of its policies concerning yacht stay.

The Fiji Times reported today that the initial period for yacht stay in Fiji has been extended from three months to nine months after the Cabinet yesterday endorsed the Customs Tariff Act (Amendment) Promulgation 2008 to accommodate the extension.

Cabinet's decision was based on a submission by the interim Minister for Finance, Mahendra Chaudhry, who said that whilst the interim Government was of the view that the maintenance of Fiji's borders should remain a priority, it nevertheless recognised the overall benefit and contribution of the yachting industry to the country.

"The yachting industry is one of the growing segments of the tourism industry in Fiji and hence support should be given in the promotion and development of this industry," Mr. Chaudhry said.

The current three month period would be increased to nine months and the extension period maintained at three months. This would mean that the total period allowed for yacht stay would be 12 months. However, Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority will continue to strengthen its current processes to ensure compliance by these yacht owners to ensure Fiji's borders were safe and secure.

Yachts should be aware that drugs and pornographic materials remain strictly prohibited and any firearms must be declared and surrendered upon entry.

As Michael Homsany writes, "Please do not violate the rules and put those who "stuck their neck out" in jeopardy by making liars out of them!"

Michael Homsany
Bebi Electronics, Ltd.