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  • Writer's pictureBy Pacific Island Times News Staff

Kiribati to reopen borders in January 2022

Tarawa -- Kiribati will open its national borders in January 2022, according to

Kiribati President Taneti Maamau.

Kiribati, which remains Covid-free, has reported it has administered 24,229 doses of vaccine.

Maamau urged the people of Kiribati who qualify for the Covid-19 vaccines to complete both their doses before the end year, while the nation prepares for reopening.

He emphasized that unity and complying with restrictions and regulations is very important for the safety of all I-Kiribati.

The president called on community organizations, church groups and every household to help encourage family members and friends to get vaccinated against this deadly virus.

Welcoming the president's announcement, the Tourism Authority of Kiribati has developed the Kiribati Tourism & Hospitality Protocols for the New Normal and is currently undertaking Covid -19 safety protocol training for all accommodation providers.

Properties in South Tarawa, North Tarawa, Abaiang, Tab North and Tab South have completed their training whilst the rest of the accommodation and tourism service providers in other islands will receive their Covid-19 protocol training by November 2021.

TAK CEO Petero Manufolau confirmed that an industry-wide refresher training will be conducted in December 2021, prior to border reopening in January 2022.

As part of its restart program, TAK will also launch its digital marketing strategy in September for implementation form October 2021, giving the Pacific Island destination 3 months to roll out its marketing campaigns and programs.

TAK said travelers returning or visiting Kiribati for the first time in 2022 can expect an improved experience through the destination’s Mauri Mark program, a hotel assessment and accreditation program and the Mauri Way, a Kiribati National Tourism Customer Service program for all tourism service providers.

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