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Fiji to reopen to international travellers from December
With Fiji yesterday marking 51 years of independence, the island nation has announced that after nearly two years of being closed, its borders will once again be opened to international visitors from 1st December.
With 80% of its eligible population fully vaccinated, Fiji aims to be able to provide a level of assurance to fully vaccinated travellers, reopening as one of the world’s safest tourism destinations with nearly every hotel and tour operator in the country being Care Fiji Commitment certified and Fiji Airways having achieved the highest possible COVID-19 Safety Rating.
Announcing the reopening, Fiji’s Prime Minister, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama advised “to our friends in Australia and New Zealand and to the residents of other countries we're preparing to welcome, our message is simple: Fiji is ready to welcome you back to our shores. We are entirely confident in our ability to manage the risk associated with quarantine-free travel.
“Our planes are prepared. Our airports are adapted. I've seen their protocols first-hand."
Travellers to Fiji must be fully vaccinated (children under 18-years-old can travel with a vaccinated adult) from a ‘travel partner’ country, as well those aged 12-years and over providing a negative PCR test taken 72-hours prior to departure.
Once they arrive on Fiji’s shores, these travellers can holiday in designated travel-safe areas, where they can enjoy the best of Fiji knowing that everyone they interact with will be fully vaccinated.
Tourism Fiji Chief Executive, Brent Hill added “we are ecstatic that Fiji will open its borders to international visitors by the end of the year.
"This is the moment we have been planning for nearly two years and I can assure the world that Fiji is safe and ready to welcome you back. Our 333 islands are just as beautiful - if not more beautiful - than ever and the locals just as warm and friendly. Fiji delivers the holiday the world needs and deserves right now, and we can finally offer that again starting December."
However, Australians and New Zealand not able to get to Fiji because of their own governments’ restrictions, travellers can book and travel in confidence with the country’s Care Fiji Commitment, a World Health Organization approved standard of best practice health and safety measures for travel in a post-COVID world. Every person you interact with on your travels, be it resorts, transportation or experiences, will be fully vaccinated and every tourism business will have a dedicated Wellness Ambassador responsible for keeping everybody safe.
Advising that it has been almost two years since they’ve welcomed international visitors, Fiji’s Minister for Tourism, Faiyaz Koya noted “in these two years, we’ve struggled, we’ve adapted, and we’ve prepared.
“Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and tour providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to safely welcome the world back. We are ready to let happiness find you again."
Click here for more information on country-specific travel requirements.
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