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Fiji is COVID free but remains open only for wealthy tourists

If you are a travel lover you probably have heard of Fiji before and it would be hard to believe you haven’t already added it to your must-see places.

Fiji’s 330+ islands make up the country offer a myriad of different activities, from world-class surfing spots to luxurious spas and resorts. With most of its revenue coming from tourism,

Fiji is ready to start welcoming visitors again however its plans have been thwarted by the ongoing airport closures in Australia and New Zealand, on which Fiji heavily relies on air traffic.

Fiji Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates

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According to the CDC, Fiji is currently ranking amount the safest places to visit on earth, regarding COVID-19. On November 4, the country celebrated its first 200 days with 0 cases.

Unfortunately, 4 cases were reported on December 4. But still, Fiji is an almost COVID-19-free country.

Is Fiji open for tourists?

Yes, Fiji islands are open for tourism since July but only for high-spenders or nationals returning home.

Who is allowed in Fiji as of right now?

Everybody… as long as you’re rich or a national returning home. At least that is the message conveyed by the prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, who has repeatedly extended a warm invitation to private aircraft and yacht owners to escape the pandemic and relax in the safety of Fiji waters. 

And for the rest of us, when will Fiji open?

Hard to tell. Fiji is ready to open up their borders but they depend on their bigger neighbors New Zealand and Australia’s airports to serve international travelers with connecting flights. Back in June, all countries in the region were negotiating a “Bula Bubble” to open up their borders to each other, but since recent spikes in COVID cases in Australia, the plan has been delayed.

Fiji’s travel requirements and restrictions

If after checking your savings account you now know you are a good prospect to travel to Fiji, we have the list of requirements to help you be granted access to these amazing islands.  

  • As we have already mentioned, as a non-Fiji citizen you are allowed to enter if you can arrive by sea. 
  • Visitors are required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 14 days at their own expense, and only locals can quarantine home.
  • All travelers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense too. 

We recommend you to contact Fiji Immigration for specific inquiries about this process.

Is Fiji safe to visit during pandemic?

Yes, Fiji handles the spread of Coronavirus very well and only 42 total positive cases and 2 deaths as of December 4. The last case was detected on December 2. (Source: WHO)

Fiji is also one of the very few countries in the world that do not have any warnings from the CDC organization. (CDC.gov)

Source: World Health Organization (WHo)

Fiji fighting COVID, Leptospirosis and Dengue fever

With only a couple of deaths to COVID-19, Fiji is not exactly fighting the same pandemic crisis the world is currently facing. However, not everything is good for Fijians. The government has reportedly urged citizens to beware of potential leptospirosis, measles, typhoid and dengue fever outbreaks.  

Just a few weeks ago, the Fijian government declared an outbreak of dengue fever and leptospirosis. Only this year, four people have died from dengue and ten others have died from leptospirosis. Additionally, 3000 dengue and 1000 leptospirosis cases have been confirmed as of July. 

I am a local – What restrictions should I expect at the airport?

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Traveling under the “New normal” brings some annoying, but necessary health measures to keep us all safe. So when arriving at Nadi International Airport you will be requested to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, keep social distancing and wear a face mask at all times.

In order to avoid uncomfortable situations, we recommend you to check your temperature at home. 

So, you are a local and have never been able to visit one of your own country’s luxurious resorts? “Love your Locals” is something we think you want to hear about.   

Fiji has started a “solidarity campaign”  encouraging locals to discover deals in their own backyard to explore Fiji and help with the economic recovery efforts.   

Chris Hamilton, Resident Manager of Shangri-La Resort says that they have received an overwhelming response since more than 200 locals are booking more than 100 rooms each weekend! 

Why you shouldn’t remove Fiji from your bucket list just yet

We understand. Traveling to Fiji now is a bit of a hassle but it is not going to be like this forever. The destination is well worth the wait.