The Pacific Island nation reopened its border to foreign travelers on December 1
I NEED TO DANCE!
Our first tourists in 20 months. Our warmth and bula spirit on display! Who wouldn’t want to dance?😍
— Fiji Airports (@NadiAirport) December 1, 2021
In October, Faiyaz Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Tourism, made a speech in which he described the prospective reopening as “extraordinarily good news”.
Although tourism contributes to around 40% of Fiji’s GDP, he went on to say, “When we talk about opening the travel industry, it’s not just about the tourists that come […] — it’s about our visiting family, friends and relatives who also may be a part of this particular community.” A significant number of Fijiians emigrate to larger countries, such as Australia and the US.
The decision to allow tourists to come to Fiji again after nearly two years was motivated partly by the country’s high vaccination rate — approximately 90% of adults are now fully immunized. Tourists from “Travel Partner” countries must be fully vaccinated themselves, and able to present proof of a negative PCR test taken no sooner than three days in advance of arrival.
“Our message to these fully vaccinated, COVID-tested travellers is simple: Welcome Home.” — Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama stated on Twitter yesterday.
Australia, one of the few countries to have recorded instances of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, is one of Fiji’s Travel Partner countries. It is estimated that a large proportion of the incoming tourists will come directly from Australia. However, concerns surrounding the potential spread of the Omicron strain have not been officially addressed.
Today, we are proud and –– most importantly –– prepared to welcome the first tourists to fly to Fiji in almost two years.
Our message to these fully vaccinated, COVID-tested travellers is simple: Welcome Home. pic.twitter.com/0z9u0SLEQQ
— Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) December 1, 2021
In addition to vaccination and testing requirements, all travelers need to arrive with proof of accommodation for at least three nights in a hotel certified by Care Fiji Committed (CFC) — a nationwide initiative implemented to tackle the epidemic. They must also have taken out travel insurance that explicitly covers Covid-19 treatment.
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