Fiji welcomes first flight from Sydney as borders reopen

Fiji has welcomed its first flight from Australia following the reopening of its borders after almost 20 months of closures.

Fiji is now open to fully vaccinated visitors from travel partner countries for quarantine-free travel after seeing well over 90 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated.

The Fiji Airways flight from Sydney was carrying 300 passengers who had all taken a RT PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding.

“It’s such an exciting day for Fiji and for our tourism industry,” said Brent Hill, CEO Tourism Fiji.

“It’s been a long time coming. From airline to accommodation, Fiji tourism operators and related services have worked hard to ensure and uphold internationally benchmarked COVID-safety practices. The resumption of both domestic and international tourism is a credit to Fiji’s collective commitment for public safety, and safe and seamless travel, coupled with our famous bula spirit.”

Australia is a huge market for Fiji, accounting for 48 per cent of all inbound arrivals before the pandemic hit.