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Fiji Drops COVID-19 Testing Requirements For Travelers
Visiting Fiji soon? You’ll no longer have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. As of September 5th, on-arrival testing is not required as a result of low cases.
Previous COVID-19 restrictions
Travelers previously had to book a rapid antigen test (RAT) in advance. A test would have to be taken within 72 hours of arriving in Fiji. Travelers would have to isolate for at least seven days if the test was positive.
There was also a pre-departure test, which was required until May of this year.
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Fiji’s low case numbers
Fijian Government released a statement saying that because of immunization and low case numbers, it was no longer necessary to test upon arrival.
If travelers have COVID-19 symptoms, they would have to get tested, but there is only a five-day isolation policy if the test comes back positive.
The statement says, “With hotels reporting occupancy at pre-Covid levels, they will now be able to free up inventory — easing the pressure during peak tourism season.”
Fiji’s tourism industry is recovering, with 78,638 tourists being recorded in July. This number is 82% of the tourism numbers for July 2019, before the pandemic.
“This further allows hotels to take new bookings and bring in new spend,” says the statement.
Travelers will still be required to be fully vaccinated.
Half a million tourists are expected to visit the island by the end of 2022.