Fiji’s reopening plan: Billionaires strongly preferred

Jul 7, 2020

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While some parts of the world begin to reopen to international travellers, some say they’re looking for a specific type of traveller.

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Fiji has established a reopening plan for international travellers called Blue Lanes. Travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test before departure and spend 14 days at sea (or quarantine on arrival), and clear a health screening on arrival.

The island nation is also on the U.K.’s travel corridor list, meaning you won’t have to quarantine for 14 days upon return to England. However, the FCO still advises against all non-essential travel to the country. It’s one of 25 countries that don’t fall on both of the government’s lists.

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But Fiji isn’t just looking for any kind of tourist. If you’re a billionaire with a private jet and the means to rent an entire island, Fiji says it’s ready to welcome you with open arms.

“If you’ve taken all the necessary health precautions and borne all associated costs, you may have a new home to escape the pandemic in paradise”, Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama wrote on Twitter 23 June.

(Photo by Katie Genter / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Katie Genter / The Points Guy)

According to CNN, a group of people from “a very well-known company” have taken Fiji up on its offer, and plan to arrive by private jet and stay in the country for three months.

Seychelles last month announced a similar policy. Foreigners can again vacation in the archipelago, but the government’s tourism ministry is only looking for “high-end” visitors for now, according to Seychelles Nation.

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“Only visitors travelling on private jets and chartered flights, and who will be heading off directly to remote island resorts, will be allowed in”, the outlet reported at the time.

Fiji has reported 21 cases of the novel coronavirus and no deaths, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University. At the onset of the pandemic, Fiji Airways grounded 95% of its flights and hundreds of hotels were closed.

Fiji is apparently in talks with Australia and New Zealand about entering into their so-called “travel bubble” that would allow citizens of the three countries to travel freely, but nothing has been finalized.

Featured photo by Katie Genter / The Points Guy

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