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Monday, 07 February 2022 23:36

Updates for travelling to Fiji

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It is now simpler and cheaper to travel to Fiji quarantine free, following a major announcement by the Fijian Government over the weekend involving the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Effective 9 February, visitors from Travel Partner Countries over the age of 12 years now have the option to use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of their scheduled departure flight to Fiji, a decision making it cheaper for travellers to enter the island nation.

 

In further good news, all transportation, such as buses, vans and taxis can operate at full capacity with businesses and venues visited by tourists now able open at full capacity, except for the likes of cinemas, bars and gyms which can operate at 80% capacity. Mask wearing is however still enforced within public spaces.

 

The announcement has been made possible due to Fiji’s high level of vaccination - 90%+ of Fiji’s population over the age of 15 have been fully vaccinated - coupled with the falling number of people needing hospitalisation, the strong uptake of booster vaccines and the effectiveness of the Care Fiji Commitment, a nationwide programme which ensures the safety of travellers at all times.

 

Making the announcement on Sunday, the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the easing of restrictions meant a great deal for Fiji’s economy and the restoration of livelihoods – tourism makes up 40% of the country’s GDP.  

 

“With the ease of restrictions locally and testing requirements made easier and more affordable, we’ll create more local economic activity and attract more tourists. That means more business, including for micro and small businesses, more demand, and more jobs for our people. And it will further consolidate our path towards record-breaking economic growth,” Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum said.  

 

Tourism Fiji ceo Brent Hill says they are also working through a phasing out of the 3-night stay with stakeholders and industry partners as more venues open up who can facilitate the 48-hour in country RAT. 

 

“This is another significant announcement for tourism in Fiji. It follows the already welcome recent changes such as reduced 7-day COVID-19 positive isolation protocols and new travel partner countries being added. We know these decisions will make Fiji an even more attractive destination to travel to – cheaper, simpler, but just as safe. We commend the Fijian Government for its bold, forward-thinking approach and look forward to welcoming travellers to our island paradise”.