fiji reopening borders tourism

Fiji remains closed for tourism until the country reaches 0 Covid-19 cases

Fiji is closed to all types of travelers no matter their visa or resident permit status. 

Back in January, the government announced the launching of a new risk management strategy called “Care Fiji Commitment” to ensure the safety of visitors “for when we can welcome international travelers again.”

Fiji is thoroughly ready to safely reopen for tourism but to do this it needs to bring on board important regional partners like New Zealand and Australia, perhaps through travel bubbles.

Fiji Reopening for tourism – Latest updates

Fiji

May 9 – Fiji will not open to any visitors until they have 0 COVID-19 cases

Fiji will not be taking any international passengers until they have no Covid-19 in the community, said a Fiji’s Government representative at a press conference last week.

The country decided to ban all international flights from April 22. Only Fijians traveling for medical procedures or those with special approval granted by the Health Ministry will be allowed entry. And, according to Health Secretary Dr. James Fong, this new restriction will not end anytime soon. 

“We are not labelling countries as high-risk or low-risk – we simply are not taking passengers from any countries at all. Said Fong.

April 15 – Fiji’s Bula Bubble suffers setback

As it is well known, Fiji depends on New Zealand and Australia’s international airports to bring back tourists to the country. 

Unfortunately, neither the Australian nor New Zealand governments feel confident enough to allow international tourists to use their land as a transit path to the Fiji Islands.

Fiji’s government has said that 320 days with no cases reported in the community should be proof enough the country is safe to reopen its borders through the Bula Bubble scheme.

However, the Australian government has said they wouldn’t be confident enough to open a travel corridor with Fiji until Australians can “suppress” COVID-19.On the other hand, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said earlier this week that several concerns should be addressed before a travel bubble could go ahead.

March 6 – Fiji ready to open 

Although Fiji is doing well, the decision to reopen now rests on future negotiations of “Bula bubbles” with New Zealand, and perhaps Australia, two of Fiji’s biggest partners in the industry.

Fiji’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine should be arriving tonight as announced by Health Minister, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete. Medical personnel and other essential workers are first in line to be vaccinated.

“They (Fiji) are way ahead in terms of their clean business program, Fiji is way advanced.” were the words that Cristopher Cocker, CEO of the Pacific Tourism Organisation used to highlight Fiji’s preparedness in comparison to less tourism-oriented nations in the region who are not, in his opinion, ready to reopen. (Source)

February 6 – Fiji’s reopening strategy

Fiji has recently announced a new reopening strategy that includes a new careFIJI smartphone app that uses non-tracking Bluetooth technology to capture visitor details and help identify any potential COVID-19 cases. 

The country has also set up a number of local testing and isolation facilities, drop-in centers for tourists who might feel sick and an emergency phone number. 

Fiji’s reopening date remains uncertain.

Vaccination rollout

According to Corine Capuano, the World Health Organization’s representative for the South Pacific Fiji is expected to get COVID-19 vaccine by the second half of this 2021. 

December 5

According to the CDC, Fiji is currently ranking among 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?

No. Fiji is closed to all international arrivals. 

When is Fiji reopening its borders for the rest of travelers? 

Hard to tell. Fiji depends on their bigger neighbors New Zealand and Australia’s airports to serve international travelers with connecting flights. 

Are Americans allowed to visit Fiji?

American visitors need to follow the same rules as other nationalities, which mean they will not be allowed in the country unless they are residents in Fiji, or they possess a valid work permit. For those who believe to qualify, they can officially request permission to travel on this email [email protected]

Fiji’s travel requirements and restrictions

Fiji

Returning nationals 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. 

Contact Fiji Immigration for specific inquiries about this process.

Is Fiji safe to visit during the pandemic?

Yes, it is. Fiji has handled the spread of coronavirus outstandingly well. As of today, the country only has 40 active cases and 3 deaths.

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.  

Restrictions at the airport

Fiji, airport.

Traveling under the “new normal” brings some annoying, but necessary health measures to keep travelers safe

Arrivals will be requested to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, keep social distancing and wear a face mask at all times.

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.