The government of Fiji is announcing the easing of restrictions put in place to fight Covid-19, made possible by the progression of vaccination.
Gradually, the islands of Southeast Asia are opening up again to tourists from all over the world. The Fiji Islands will ease their restrictions put in place to fight Covid-19 and announce their reopening to international travelers, the government announced on Saturday, thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign.
Last February, Vanuatu announced gradually reopening its borders, not recording any new cases of Covid-19. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said details of the easing of restrictions would be announced on Sunday afternoon, now that 80% of the adult population has received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Visitors should be fully vaccinated
Last month, the government announced that once this goal was achieved, Fiji would reopen its borders to travelers on the “green list”, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, South Korea. South, Singapore and parts of the United States.
As part of the previously announced plan, visitors will need to be fully vaccinated and show a negative test before their departure. Once there, they will stay in designated areas where all contact will be with people, from reception staff to tour operators, fully vaccinated.
Boosting tourism, which according to government figures accounts for 40% of the economy in Fiji, is seen as key to containing the growing poverty in the country of less than one million people.
This South Pacific nation was Covid-free for a year before the Delta variant arrived in April. The number of cases peaked in July, with more than 1,200 new infections per day. Only 40 cases were recorded on Saturday.