Fiji’s borders have been largely closed since the start of the pandemic, but that’s about to change.
Fiji reopening to travelers on December 1, 2021
Fiji’s government has announced that as of December 1, 2021, quarantine-free travel will be allowed for vaccinated residents of the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Most Pacific Island countries and territories
There are relatively few restrictions beyond that, though there are a few things to note:
- For the purposes of vaccination, Fiji recognizes Astra-Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer
- Travelers will need a negative RT PCR coronavirus test within three days of departing to Fiji
- Travelers will need a coronavirus test upon arrival at their accommodation in Fiji
So yeah, if you’re vaccinated and from select countries, you’ll be able to visit Fiji with two tests. In the grand scheme of things, that seems like a fair requirement.
Fiji is awesome, but I’m waiting for Australia or New Zealand to open
I only briefly visited Fiji once, and would love to return. It’s a gorgeous country with some of the world’s friendliest people.
However, I think I’ll wait until Australia and/or New Zealand reopen to travelers before making the trip. Why? One of the best uses of Alaska Mileage Plan miles is to travel on Fiji Airways. For just 55,000 miles one-way you can fly from Los Angeles to Australia or New Zealand via Fiji, with a stopover there for as long as you’d like. That’s an incredible value.
For context, Fiji Airways flies from Nadi (NAN) to both Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). The LAX route is operated by the carrier’s new Airbus A350, while the SFO route is operated by the A330.
Fiji is planing to open to vaccinated travelers from many countries (including the United States) as of December 1, 2021. Vaccinated travelers will just have to be tested before travel and upon arrival, and then won’t be subjected to any sort of quarantine.
Most of the South Pacific has been closed for the past 18+ months due to the pandemic, so it’s cool to see these countries slowly start to open.
Anyone planning a trip to Fiji in the coming months?