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Fiji is set to reopen to fully vaccinated travelers on December 1—

Fiji is set to reopen to fully vaccinated travelers on December 1—and flights from the US are now on sale.

In a statement on September 16, Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama declared that Fiji’s borders would be open by year’s end, adding that the country was pushing forward “for the sake of the tens of thousands of Fijians—and their families—who depend on our tourism industry… That reopening depends on more than our vaccination rates—it depends on the vaccination rates of other countries, as well as a great deal of work behind the scenes. For Fiji’s part, we are ticking every box of readiness.”

Now, on the heels of last month’s news—made official on October 11—the country’s national airline, Fiji Airways, announced that flights between the US and the island nation will resume on December 1, allowing overseas leisure travelers entry for the first time in more than 20 months. The carrier will offer daily flights from Los Angeles, five flights a week from San Francisco, and two flights a week from Honolulu, beginning November 30.

Fully vaccinated travelers from partner countries—Australia, New Zealand, the US, the UK, the UAE, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, South Korea, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland and most Pacific Island countries and territories—will even be able to skip the quarantine, as long as they provide a negative RT-PCR test taken three days before departure and complete a rapid test at their hotel 48 hours after arrival.

As of mid-October, 80 percent of adults in Fiji were fully vaccinated, according to Tourism Fiji. “It’s been almost two years since we welcomed international visitors,” tourism minister Faiyaz Koya said in a press release. “And in these two years, we’ve struggled, we’ve adapted, and we’ve prepared. Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and tour providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to safely welcome the world back. We are ready to let happiness find you again.”

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