It's time to find your spot beneath the Fijian palms.
Fiji is planning to reopen to vaccinated holidaymakers from December 1 according to a statement issued by the country’s tourism ministry.
“It’s been almost two years since we welcomed international visitors,” said Fiji’s minister for Tourism, Faiyaz Koya. “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.”
Fiji shut its international borders shortly after the pandemic was declared in 2020 and since then has recorded more than 51,000 cases and 653 deaths.
International travellers hoping to enjoy Christmas beneath the palm trees must be fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative departure test and undertake a second PCR test within 48 hours of arrival. Children under 18 years and accompanied by a vaccinated adult can enter without needing to be inoculated. Visitors will also need to follow guidelines outlined in the CareFiji plan and download the CareFiji app prior to their visit. The app can be used to book hotels and resorts that have complied with the programme.
The Fijian economy is heavily reliant on tourism and in 2020 high net worth visitors flying in on private jets were able to stay in the country as part of a special government agreement.
Fiji Airways, the national airline, is now advertising all-inclusive holiday packages.
Fiji has long been a popular holiday destination for Australians and following the news that NSW will be reopening its borders in November, Qantas has brought forward the relaunch of its Sydney to Nadi flight schedule from December 19 to December 7 with four flights a week. Jetstar will also resume flights with Fiji from December 17.
“We know that Australians are keen to get overseas and see friends and family or have a long awaited holiday, so bringing forward the restart of flights to these popular international destinations will give customers even more options to travel this summer,” said Qantas boss Alan Joyce.