Fiji reopens as a foreign tourist for the first time in nearly two years

The performers will greet travelers at the terminal upon arriving at Nadi Airport in Fiji with this static frame taken from the distribution video dated December 1, 2021. Distribution via FIJI AIRWAYS / REUTERS

December 1, 2021

Colin Packham

Canberra (Reuters) – Fiji reopened its borders with international travelers on Wednesday for the first time in almost two years as the Pacific island nation seeks to revive its dominant tourism industry.

Fiji closed its borders with all foreigners in March 2020 and desperately curbed the spread of COVID-19 to stop the runaway of limited medical facilities.

With about 90% of Fiji’s adults fully vaccinated, the Pacific Islands have reopened their borders with tourists from a small number of countries. This leads to the peace of mind of tourist operators.

“It was great to welcome those tourists today to see the Fiji Airways planes full,” James Soine, director of Fiji’s tourism company Tewaka, told Reuters.

Arriving tourists are required to stay at an approved resort for 3 nights and take a quick test. You can go on a day trip or activity while traveling through designated areas such as the hotel’s bars and restaurants.

Although limited, the resumption of tourism is helping many of the island nation’s millions.

Tourism accounts for 40% of Fiji’s economy, and the closure of the border has left an estimated 10% of the population unemployed.

Still, the resumption represents a risk for Fiji with Australia, one of the few countries to record cases of Omicron variants.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama welcomed the return of tourists vaccinated with COVID-19 and tested for infection.

“Today we are proud and most importantly ready to welcome the first tourists to fly to Fiji in almost two years. Arriving on our coast, fully vaccinated. Our message to all travelers who have undergone a COVID test is simple: Welcome Home, “Bainimarama said in a Facebook post.

(Report by Colin Packham in Canberra, edited by Simon Cameron Moore)

Fiji reopens as a foreign tourist for the first time in nearly two years

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