(Granthshala) – Fiji is set to welcome tourists again by the end of 2021, but there seems to be some disagreement about what the reopening date will be.
The island nation originally intended to reopen the country’s borders to tourists in December.
Brent Hill, CEO of Tourism Fiji, the country’s national tourism body, told Granthshala that any reopening date is still a moving target.
Hill said travelers allowed to enter the country would need to be fully vaccinated, show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test and be from a “Green List” nation, although the Green List criteria are still in place. have not yet been clarified.
He added: “With COVID-safe behaviour, we will reduce our community transmission and assure that Fiji is a safe holiday destination and will not be a source of cases in their respective countries. I am confident that we will achieve with all our collective efforts.” desired results and to create a safe environment to welcome tourists.”
The country’s national airline will play a major role in the reopening process.
Hill confirmed, “Fiji Airways has been committed to building a strong schedule from the outset. They are committed to opening and delivering capacity to many of their ports.” He teased that there would be flight and resort deals in place as part of the country’s reopening.
About 40 percent of Fiji’s Gross National Product (GNP) comes from the tourism industry.
A group of some 30 high-net-worth individuals were allowed to spend three months in the country as part of a special agreement with the government, despite the country being otherwise closed to foreign travelers.
The news of the reopening was met with a pleasant response from Fiji’s tourism community, which has taken a significant hit during the pandemic.
“We are delighted to be able to share the Fijian Bula spirit with the world once again before the end of the year,” Christopher Southwick, owner of Royal Davui Island Resort, told Granthshala. “We are looking forward to a strong start for those wishing to vacation under the palm tree.”
According to Tourism Fiji, the discrepancy is related to the age of the vaccinated. About a quarter of the country is under the age of 18, and Fiji does not yet have vaccines specifically for children. Therefore, “target population” is a term they use for eligible adults.
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