Important Reminders for FHTA Members (Updated 23.04.21)


REMINDERS

CURFEW PASS PROTOCOL UPDATED
Members have faced problems with police while transporting staff during curfew hours. The Commissioner of Police has confirmed that while the process is mostly the same, per Government announcement on 30.03.20, the authorization letter must be processed weekly.

Tourism operators are to email their approved staff list to westpol.com@gmail.com and CC to lalashnil@gmail.com for approval. This list will be stamped, scanned and sent back to the hotels for their drivers to carry in their vehicles at all times. In the event that Police stop your work vehicles, the authorization letter should then be presented.

If you face any issues, please contact Police Inspector Ashnil Lal directly on 9905292


MSAF MARINE NOTICE 21/2021COVID19 INTER-ISLAND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Given the announcement by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong on 21st April 2021, this notice serves to inform all maritime stakeholders that effective from midday today (22/04/2021) at 1200 hrs, all passenger travels to outer islands will cease.
However, ships carrying cargo will continue with increased volume to ensure food and other essential goods are supplied to the islands. Passenger travel out of Viti Levu will not be allowed until further advised. Passenger travel into Viti Levu will be allowed.
For inter-island shipping movement, please note:-Small crafts and yachts intending to transport essential provisions between Viti Levu and closer islands are required to inform the Maritime Surveillance Center on toll free number 1539 or email operations@mrscfiji.org on their travel intentions. The following information should also be provided to the Centre.

  • Name of Boat Captain
  • Name and Number of Crew
  • Cargo
  • Departure and Destination Point
  • MSAF Issued Boat Number
  • Phone Contact

All Fishing Related Activities
Fijians wishing to fish for subsistence and commercial purposes during curfew hours may do so, provided the fishermen depart their respective homes well before the curfew hours. For any fishing-related activities and clarifications please contact the Maritime Surveillance Center on the toll-free number 1539 or email operations@mrscfiji.org
RORO and Conventional Vessels
Enquiries regarding any services provided by Ro-Ro and Conventional vessels servicing of economical and uneconomical routes, please contact the Director of Transport Ms. Faranisese Kinivuwai on 99833245 or Senior Transport Planner Ms. Aseri Driu on 9906244 or email transportunit.fiji@gmail.com
The following precautionary measures must be strictly adhered to by all shipping and trucking companies.

  • Vessel operators must allow designated commercial goods vehicles (only) with its drivers to board the vessel;
  • Vessel operators are to keep a register of details for all drivers who board the vessels, including contact details;
  • All drivers and vessel operators are to wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times;
  • All drivers and vessel operators are to discourage crew members from unnecessarily disembarking at ports and jetties and socializing at these points. A 2-meter physical distancing rule should apply;
  • For inter-island shipping, operators and crew are to offload cargo and freight at a designated location on the jetty or port with minimal contact;
  • Drivers can move with their vehicles and deliver in outlying island. However, drivers/vehicles when disembarking the vessel must not at any time get out of the vehicle and must after delivery immediately, either return to the vessel or to a designated location awaiting the return trip;
  • Truckers and vessel operators are to ensure that proper precautionary measures are taken , including wearing the PPEs such as face masks, regular washing of hands, using hand sanitizers, and 2-meter physical distancing;
  • Members of the public collecting freight are to collect from the designated location, practicing social distancing. They are not to board the vessel under any circumstances;
  • All turaga ni koros are to liaise with the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs for more information.

You can subscribe to the MSAF website to get contactless automatic updates into your email.
You can view the MSAF Notice 21/21 here.


MSAF STCW REGULATED FEES LIST
The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji has included the regulated fees list for their Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping


STREAMLINING OF FRCS CUSTOMER SERVICES – TAXPAYER ONLINE SERVICES
The Fiji Revenue & Customs Services (FRCS) released a public notice advising the general public that in an effort to streamline their services and timely responses to online queries, they have introduced the following:
All issues/queries/complaints related to the TPOS can now be emailed directly to the following email address: tpos@frcs.org.fj
All issues/queries/complaints related to Pay As You Earn (PAYE) emailed to payefinal@frcs.org.fj will now be coordinated through tpos@frcs.org.fj
All taxpayers and tax agents are assured that all their issues/queries/complaints sent to this email address will be acknowledged as soon as it is received
Customers making general enquiries related to tax and customs matters can continue to send their queries to email address info@frcs.org.fj or call 324 3000 or 1326 (hotline)


FHTA REMUNERATION SURVEY
To FHTA members who may have been contacted recently by KPMG with regard to participating in the FHTA Remuneration Survey, we wish to remind you that the data received through this survey will be used to provide a benchmark for the tourism industry to assist members in determining their own remuneration rates.
Contact info@fhta.com.fj if you have not received the survey information and wish to do so OR if you do not wish to participate in the survey or require some assistance in completing the survey.


REMINDER ON TLTB RENT ASSESSMENT UPDATE FOR TOURISM LEASES

Further to FHTA’s on-going discussions with the ITaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) on the current economic situation for tourism businesses due to border closures, we provide the following outcomes kindly agreed to by TLTB:

The rent reassessment of tourism leases due for 2021 and 2022 will be deferred. We understand 2020 reassessment have already been released and many of these have been agreed to and paid for. Members who are unable to pay must contact TLTB immediately to agree to and sign a formal arrangement.

Interest on rent from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022 will be waived until further notice.
Tenants who are able to pay the applicable rents based on gross receipts must continue to do so
Tenants unable to pay gross receipts in 2021 will pay 80% of the minimum rent in 2021 and 50% in 2022.
All tenants will be required to sign a formal undertaking with TLTB, including agreements for payment schedules where selected.
Applicable penalties for development lease breaches will be waived
There is no waiver on the benefits to landowners such as education and community developments and these must be paid per your agreements.

The above measures have been kindly agreed to by TLTB to assist tourism operators during these challenging times. Where full payments are possible, these should be made in good faith as the TLTB is a Trustee for the Landowners and has a duty to ensure that the Landowners receive their fair dues.

Please contact your TLTB Account Manager to formalise arrangements.


CARE FIJI COMMITMENT
Have you signed up for the Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) program and nominated your wellness ambassador yet? FHTA strongly advises that all members register for the CFC program in preparation for when borders reopen and we strongly recommend this be completed as soon as possible to avoid not being recognised as a COVID-safe tourism business in Fiji.
CLICK HERE to get more information or reach out by emailing cfc@tourismfiji.com.fj


HOTEL LICENSE RENEWAL
The HLB cannot waive the hotel license renewal fee as this would require a change to the Regulations that govern them with the amendment formally gazetted.
However, for properties that are currently closed and have been or will remain closed for a significant period of time, you may contact the HLB in writing informing them that you are currently closed and the date on which you ceased operations. The HLB, in turn, will effectively close your file and will not follow up on renewal.
Once you are ready to begin operations again, you may reapply for a hotel license and go through the process again where you will be required to obtain the 4 authorities reports. (Police, Fire, Health and District Officer/PA).

Please address all written correspondence to:
Mereoni Kalokalodrau (Ms.)
Secretary, Hotel Licensing Board 
P.O. Box 2213 Government Buildings, Suva
Government of Fiji
or via email to mereoni.kalokalodrau@ag.gov.fj


UPDATE YOUR BUSINESS INFORMATION TO TOURISM FIJI’S WEBSITE
In preparation for border restrictions lifting, FHTA encourages you to ensure that your business is listed on TF’s consumer website. The website will play a critical role in showcasing that Fiji is open for business when the time is right and they’d love for you to have an up-to-date presence when audiences begin researching their next holiday to Fiji.

Contact their Digital team via website@tourismfiji.com.fj for more information on how to get listed or to update your existing listing. You may forward them your current local specials too to ensure all published information regarding your business is current and relevant.


EXTENSION OF TIME FOR DIGITAL REREGISTRATION ON COMPANIES AND BUSINESS NAMES
Please note that the final date for the digital reregistration of companies and business names has been extended to 31 July 2021. The Regulations for the extension of time were gazetted on 19 March 2021.

You are encouraged to reregister as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already.
– Companies (including foreign companies) and business names registered under the Companies Act 2015 on or after 14 June 2019 are not required to apply for registration.
– Only business names need to be renewed periodically, one year following reregistration. The period of renewal can be for one year, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years or 10 years.
– Online applications of all digital registrations (companies, foreign companies and business names) must be filed with the Registrar of Companies by 31 July 2021.
– Companies (including foreign companies) that fail to re-register by the due date will be deemed deregistered /struck off the register of foreign companies as the case may be. The assets and liabilities of the de-registered company will become the property of the Registrar of Companies.
– Business names that fail to be re-registered by the due date (or extended due date) will be deemed to be struck off. Business name owners who continue to use this name will be in breach of the business name use.

Lists of all companies, foreign companies and business name holders that have applied and are yet to apply for digital reregistration with the Registrar of Companies are available on the Ministry of Justice website – www.justice.gov.fj


2021-2022 NATIONAL BUDGET CONSULTATIONS
The Ministry of Economy has commenced preparations for the 2021-2022 National Budget and is calling all Fijians to provide their views and ideas for the upcoming Budget. The Ministry of Economy invites all Fijians, including civil society and non-governmental organisations, women, youth, senior citizens, Fijians living with disabilities, other grassroots organisations and representatives from the private sector to participate in this year’s consultation and voice their views and opinions on the 2021-2022 National Budget. Fijians can make written submissions which can be posted, hand-delivered or e-mailed by 14 May 2021 to the following addresses:

POSTAL DELIVERY
Budget Consultations 2021-2022
Ministry of Economy
P.O. Box 2212
Government Buildings
Suva

HAND DELIVERY
Budget Consultations 2021-2022
Ministry of Economy
Level 10, Ro Lalabalavu House
Victoria Parade
Suva

EMAIL
Subject: Budget Consultations 2021-2022
budgetconsultation@economy.gov.fj