Pacific measles outbreak
- The Government of Samoa declared a state of emergency, which is in effect until the end of December 2019.
- The Tonga Ministry of Health declared a measles outbreak on 22 October.
- The Fiji Ministry of Health declared a measles outbreak on 7 November.
- The New Zealand outbreak is largely concentrated around Auckland.
- The Government of American Samoa declared a measles outbreak on 6 December.
- The Kiribati Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of measles in the country on 18 December.
Stricter entry requirements for some Pacific countries
Measures are being put in place to ensure the measles outbreak does not spread.
- For travel to American Samoa, you must show proof that you've had a measles vaccination at least 2 weeks before you arrive. For more information, visit the American Samoa Department of Legal Affairs.
- From 28 December, for travel to Solomon Islands you must show proof that you've had a measles vaccination at least 15 days before you arrive. If you don't provide evidence you may need to report for a medical examination. Bring your official vaccination record with you.
- To enter Marshall Islands you will need to present either a measles vaccination certificate or a letter from your doctor. This applies for travellers born after 1957 or those who are older than 6 months.
Contact the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to confirm entry requirements.
What we recommend
If you’re considering travelling to any destination in the Pacific region, we strongly recommend you:
- Check your vaccinations are up to date, and talk to your doctor about getting a blood test to check your immunity, especially if you’re over 50. If your vaccinations need updating, you should be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before you travel.
- Talk to your doctor before travelling to Pacific destinations with children, or if you are pregnant or immunocompromised.
- Read our advice about vaccinations, infectious diseases and medical assistance overseas before you go.
- Read the travel advice for your destination.