Yet another country has announced plans to reopen for international tourism. The island nation of Fiji will soon be allowing travelers from select countries who are fully vaccinated to visit with testing requirements. The positive development comes amid several other pandemic-era holdouts preparing to relax their border restrictions.
Fiji’s reopening: the guidelines for travel
Fiji will reopen for select travelers from December 1st. First, to travel to Fiji, passengers will need to be fully vaccinated with one approved by the country. This includes Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna vaccines. Travelers from the following destinations will be welcomed initially, along with most Pacific island countries and territories.:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
In addition to being a resident of those countries plus fully vaccinated, passengers aged 12 and over will need a negative RT-PCR test report in hand taken no more than three days before boarding a flight to Fiji. They will also need to download the careFIJI contact tracing app, which is also how passengers will be able to access businesses.
On arrival in Fiji, passengers will need to take a mandatory rapid test at their hotel. Masks are required in public places, as is the careFIJI app. While much of Fiji will be open for tourism, some “low vaccination zones” will be off-limits.
Getting to Fiji
The main international gateway to Fiji is Nadi International Airport (NAN). The largest hub for Fiji Airways, the flag carrier is the best option for most travelers looking to get to the island. Other options include Australian carriers Jetstar, Qantas, and Virgin Australia.
Fiji Airways is going to offer a robust array of flights. These include:
- Two daily flights to Sydney
- One daily flight to Melbourne
- One daily flight to Brisbane
- One daily flight to Auckland
- Three weekly flights to Christchurch
- Two weekly flights to Wellington
- Daily flights to Los Angeles
- Five weekly flights to San Francisco
- Two weekly flights to Honolulu
- Three weekly flights to Hong Kong
- Two weekly flights to Singapore
- Two weekly flights to Tokyo-Narita
The airline will use a mix of Airbus A350s, A330s, Boeing 737 MAX, and 737 Next Generation aircraft operating. While Fiji Airways has an extensive network, it does not reach all the way to destinations in Europe, for example. In this case, passengers will need to buy a connecting flight.
As a oneworld connect member, Fiji Airways has partnerships with relevant airlines in that alliance, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, and more.
The world is reopening
Countries around the world are starting to reopen for travel. Thailand is reportedly a few weeks away from reopening. Singapore is just a few days from reopening to travelers from more countries. The United States is preparing to bring down its travel bans.
Even stalwart Australia is gearing up for a limited reopening of international travel before the end of the year. In short, the world is starting to accept more travelers. The key to this has been the rollout of vaccines, which are powering most of the reopenings – especially in countries like Fiji that took a hard line against the virus early on. However, these countries are making it clear. For now, those borders are only going to be open for fully vaccinated travelers.