Fiji's Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama says the international border opening will be gradual, starting with travellers from exclusive “green list” areas with similar high rates of vaccination to Fiji and low test positivity rates.
As of today, 62% of all adults in the country are fully vaccinated and over 97% have received their first dose –– meaning that Fiji is quickly becoming one of the safest countries in the world. And, as we promised, life can begin to become more familiar to all of us.
Bainimarama says once 80% of adults are vaccinated, Fiji will be in a position to open quarantine-free travel with other countries that have deployed Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines used in Fiji.
“At this point, that includes Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Korea, Singapore, and parts of the USA. We will be establishing mutually recognized vaccine protocol agreements with these governments, which essentially shows that we are comfortable with their levels of vaccine coverage and that we can rely on the vaccine status of their travellers and, vice versa, that Fijians can prove their vaccine status when traveling abroad.”
Bainimarama says travellers from potential green list areas must be fully vaccinated and receive pre-departure approval, which will be easily obtained online.
He adds although these travellers will be fully vaccinated, they must also register a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Fiji.
“Once they arrive, these travellers can vacation in designated travel safe areas where they can enjoy the best of Fiji knowing that everyone they interact with will be fully vaccinated, from their fellow guests to the hotel staff, to the tour operators.
MATANIVUSI RESORT FIJI IS CERTIFIED SAFE
The Care Fiji Commitment was developed by Tourism Fiji to reassure travellers that Fiji is a safe and secure destination for their next holiday. Matanivusi Resort
had been certified by Care Fiji after a process of 100% vaccination of staff, developing SOP's to include Covid protocols and staff training.
At the rate we are going, we expect to be ready to accept travellers before our goal of celebrating Christmas in Fiji with our friends from around the world. The Fiji Govt are preparing to re-open Fiji as one of the world’s safest tourism destinations. That re-opening depends on more than our vaccination rates –– it depends on the vaccination rates of other countries, as well as a great deal of work behind the scenes.
Fiji Airways, Qantas and Virgin Australia
have started taking passenger bookings for December.
Fiji Airports is ramping up its Nadi International Airport operations in expectation and anticipation of the reopening of our borders. Fiji Airports Acting CEO, Isei Tudreu says their team is on the ground planning and working to ensure the highest COVID-19 standards are maintained. He says their airline partners Fiji Airways, Qantas and Virgin Australia have started taking passenger bookings for December.
Fiji Airways has achieved the highest possible SKYTRAX 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating and the Diamond certification by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and SimpliFlying.