RMI adopts travel ban for government officials, state workers

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In light of the global coronavirus threat, the government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has issued a temporary ban on international travel by government officials, employees and those who work in state-owned enterprises.

All RMI government and sponsored official trips are also suspended with the exception of medical travel for patients approved by the RMI Medical Referral Committee, according to the travel advisory.

According to the RMI Ministry of Health and Human Services, as of this week, there are no suspected cases of novel coronavirus in the RMI.

However, the threat of the new coronavirus being imported into the island continues to heighten.

To protect its more than 50,000 citizens, the RMI Ministry of Health and border control agencies have been implementing health screenings at the International Airport and Majuro seaport since Jan. 24.

This is the second state of health emergency declared by the Marshall Islands Government. The Pacific Island nation has been under a State of Health Emergency since August 2019 because of a severe outbreak of dengue.