Fiji hopes to open to international travellers by November
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Fiji is a dream destination for many travellers, but unfortunately, it’s been closed for tourism since March 2020.
But there are some promising signs that Fiji is ready to welcome travellers again, as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced that it planned to reopen by 1 November.
“That’s the target we’ve set now, and it bases itself on the success we’ve had with the vaccination campaign,” Fiji’s tourism minister said according to the Fiji Broadcasting Commission.
The South Pacific archipelago of more than 300 islands said it intended to reopen in November based on Qantas Airways’ plan to restart international service in December. Details are still scant about what travellers will need to enter the country, but here’s what you need to know about getting to (and staying in) Fiji if it reopens this fall.
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Currently, the only way to visit Fiji is by booking a private island — which starts at $9,600 per night with a minimum of 14 nights — or owning a private yacht. But with the announcement that Fiji will reopen for travel this fall, travellers are likely curious about visiting.
Right now, it’s unclear what requirements Fiji will impose on foreign tourists, such as a vaccine or testing mandate, when it does reopen.
But it will likely impose testing or vaccine requirements like other Oceanic islands due to its remote location. Other places, such as American Samoa, now require proof of vaccination for entry. Just 26% of Fijians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.
Fiji has been closed to tourism since the beginning of the pandemic, and there are no international flights into the country right now. Fiji has had a strict lockdown in place since the start of the pandemic but has seen cases rise exponentially in recent weeks. The government has reported 46,000 cases and nearly 500 deaths. Half of the deaths have been in the last month, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Where to stay in Fiji
Unlike some countries in the South Pacific, there are plenty of options if you’re using hotel points. Fiji has several major hotel brands, including Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors and InterContinental.
Marriott Bonvoy properties include four Category 5 hotels, including the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, which starts at 35,000 points per night for standard pricing. There’s also the Category 7 Sheraton Denarau Villas, which starts at 60,000 points per night.
Hilton doesn’t have an award chart, so the number of points required for a free night varies depending on the hotel, time of year and room rate. Hilton offers the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji, which starts at 60,000 points a night, and the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Fiji – Sonaisali Island, which starts at 32,000 for dates in December.
Featured photo of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.
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