At the rate we are going, we expect to be ready to accept travellers well before our goal of celebrating Christmas in Fiji with our friends from around the world.
Fiji could open to quarantine-free travel with other countries that have deployed Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines once 80 per cent of adults in Fiji are fully vaccinated.
This was the statement made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in his national announcement last night.
Mr Bainimarama said at this point, this would include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Korea, Singapore, and parts of the USA.
He said for now the plan was not to open quarantine-free travel with the entire world in one go.
“We will be establishing mutually recognised vaccine protocol agreements with these governments, which essentially shows that we are comfortable with their levels of vaccine coverage and that we can rely on the vaccine status of their travellers and, vice versa, that Fijians can prove their vaccine status when travelling abroad,” he said.
“We will have regular in-country testing and clear protocols in the event of breakthrough infections. At the rate we are going, we expect to be ready to accept travellers well before our goal of celebrating Christmas in Fiji with our friends from around the world.
“In fact, we are looking at reopening as soon as this November. While much of that depends on the next several weeks and what the science informs us is safest, I want the Fijians who depend on tourism to know –– we are doing everything possible to get you back to work and bring this industry back from the brink.
From 4 October:
- All workplaces, tertiary institutions, houses of worship, hotels, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, gyms, pools, tattoo parlours will be able to open at 70 per cent capacity, but only to fully vaccinated persons.
- When the doors of these venues open, all other COVID-safe measures must be strictly enforced. That means masks must be worn, two metres of physical distance should be maintained where possible, and careFIJI must be installed on everyone’s phones, with Bluetooth switched on.
- New regulations that allow for spot checks on venues, businesses and houses of worship have also been introduced.
- Those who do not respect these measures risk serious fines or being shut down.
International Travel Ready:
Protocols to get tourists back into Fiji, get Fijians back to work in the tourism sector were also announced.
These protocols include:
- Once at least 80 per cent of adults in Fiji are vaccinated, Fiji will be in an excellent position to open quarantine-free travel with other countries that have deployed the same Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines we are using in Fiji.
- At this point, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Korea, Singapore, and parts of the USA.
- Travellers from these potential green list areas must be fully vaccinated and receive pre-departure approval, which will be easily obtained online.
- These travellers must also register a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Fiji.
- Once they arrive, these travellers can vacation in designated travel safe areas where they can enjoy the best of Fiji knowing that everyone, they interact with will be fully vaccinated, from their fellow guests, to the hotel staff, to the tour operators.
At 80 per cent:
- At the 80 per cent threshold, the curfew will be from 11pm to 4am, Government expects that all businesses will fully re-open to fully-vaccinated Fijians, all sports –– including team sports –– can be played again, like rugby, football and netball, and stadiums can re-open.
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