Fiji will reopen to all visitors from April, ending quarantine for resorts

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Likuliku lagoon resort on Malolo Island: 50,000 tourists have arrived in Fiji since December. Photo / Fiji Tourism

From April 7, Fiji will open its borders to all countries and remove quarantine requirements for vaccinated arrivals.

Visitors from New Zealand and other countries will no longer be required to pre-book designated accommodation for the first three days.

Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has announced that from next month fully vaccinated visitors and Fijian citizens will only be required to take a rapid antigen test for Covid-19 within 24 hours of arrival.

Current “soft quarantine” measures require tourists from travel partner countries to only stay at CFC (Care Fiji Commitment) certified resorts for the first three days of arrival.

The Fijian era reported that the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry had called for quarantine measures to be more like those in countries like Australia and not favor resorts and CFC operators over those who could not be certified.

New Zealand is currently one of 15 countries on Fiji’s Green List, allowing vaccinated travelers to visit.

Fiji is opening its borders to the rest of the world from next month.  Photo / Laucala Resort
Fiji is opening its borders to the rest of the world from next month. Photo / Laucala Resort

Tourism Fiji has confirmed that New Zealand travelers will no longer be required to show proof of booking CFC accommodation, although travelers will need to pre-book RATs before departure.

“The pre-booking website for these tests will be available in the coming days,” they said.

And, although it was no longer an obligation, “we recommend that New Zealand visitors to Fiji continue to choose to stay and play in CFC-approved accommodation and activity providers while on holiday in Fiji” .

As of October 2020, over 2,000 tourism providers and resorts have signed the Care Fiji Pledge.

The news was welcomed by Fiji Airways, which saw it as the end of restrictions on flights to countries excluded from Fiji’s “travel partner” scheme.

The airline’s chief executive, Andre Viljoen, said the announcement “couldn’t get any better” for the airline as peak visitor season approaches.

“We are already expecting big arrival numbers over the next few months and now we expect the numbers to be even better.”

From April 14, the airline is increasing capacity for daily flights from Auckland and three times a week from Wellington and Christchurch.

International arrivals for the first three months since the Fiji border reopened in December are around 50,000 visitors.

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