Fiji is again open for tourists with flights from LAX and SFO
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In particularly good news for snorkelers, divers, honeymooners and other romance seekers, the dreamy South Pacific island destination of Fiji has loosened travel requirements for international travelers.
The South Pacific archipelago of over 300 islands had been mostly closed to visitors since March 2020. Exceptions included a creative approach to tourism that allowed visits only by those willing to book a private island at rates from $9,600 per night with a minimum stay of 14 nights.
New rules for international visitors
Fiji still has restrictions on international visitors in place, but as of Feb. 2 fully vaccinated travelers from 59 “Travel Partner” countries, including the U.S., Canada, and countries in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and the South Pacific are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days.
The new quarantine-free Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) health rules apply to visitors 18 years and older and accompanying minors.
Visitors are required to stay at a CFC-certified resort and take a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 three days after they arrive in the island nation. During those first three days you may use the beach and other facilities at your resort, transit to another certified resort on another island or book a tour with a certified tourism operator. You are not allowed to wander around on your own until you produce a negative test result.
Getting there is easy
International air is back. From the U.S., Fiji Airways has resumed flights from both Los Angeles and San Francisco to Nadi International Airport in Viti Levu. The national airline is a member of the Oneworld alliance.
Fiji is requiring that all international travelers to have proof of COVID-19 travel insurance coverage. The government is promoting a policy for $39.99 per person via Fiji Care.
One caveat: While Fiji officials have been bragging about high vaccination rates for locals, the U.S. Department of State still has the country listed in its Level 4: Do Not Travel category, meaning exercise caution.
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