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After months of keeping its borders closed to most tourists, Fiji is getting ready to welcome back foreign travelers.
Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said Thursday that the island nation is set to roll out a reopening plan that gradually lifts restrictions based on vaccination rates in Fiji and travelers’ countries of origin.
“For the sake of the tens of thousands of Fijians – and their families – who depend on our tourism industry, we are also preparing to re-open Fiji as one of the world’s safest tourism destinations,” Bainimarama said.
Travelers from countries on Fiji’s “green list” – which will include areas with high vaccination rates and low test positivity rates – would be the first welcomed back. Once 80% of adults in Fiji are fully vaccinated, a feat Bainimarama expects could happen by November, the country plans to allow travelers from other countries with no quarantine period, so long as they issue the same vaccines being used in Fiji: Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.
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That list includes “parts of the USA,” Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Korea and Singapore, Bainimarama said. Details about which portions of the U.S. were not announced.
The country first started restricting access to travelers in March 2020. Current travel restrictions prohibit entry among both business and tourist travelers.
There are currently two programs that allow select visitors into the country. The “Luxury Vacation in Paradise” program lets travelers stay at select resorts if they undergo a series of COVID-19 tests and arrive by private jet or charter a business class cabin from Los Angeles. The “Blue Lane” program allows travelers to enter by private yachts and superyachts.
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