Fiji is reopening its borders to international visitors for the first time in nearly two years and UK travellers will be able to visit for holidays under the latest travel rules
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Fiji is set to reopen its borders to international visitors for the first time in nearly two years – and Brits will be included on the list of welcome travellers.
The island paradise is set to reopen its borders from December 1, 2021, to fully vaccinated travellers from its own green list which includes the UK.
Other entry requirements will include needing to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, and needing to take another negative antigen test before returning home.
Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 will be able to travel to Fiji provided that they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
There are 333 breathtaking islands that make up the archipelago, all boasting everything from soft white sand beaches to crystalline waters – and while it’s not a particularly budget-friendly trip for Brits, it’s definitely one you’ll want on the bucket list. (Plus it’s definitely one to bookmark for winter sun holidays with temperatures in December averaging around 29C alongside sunny weather!).
The decision to reopen borders has come as the country says it has fully vaccinated 80% of its eligible population.
Tourism Fiji’s CEO Brent Hill added: “We are ecstatic that Fiji will open its borders to international visitors before the end of the year. This is the moment we have been planning for nearly two years now and I can assure the world that Fiji is safe and ready to welcome you back.
“The islands are just as beautiful – if not more beautiful – than ever and the locals just as warm and friendly. Fiji is the vacation the world needs and deserves right now, and we can finally offer that again starting December.”
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You can find out more about entry requirements, information on local Covid rules and other useful travel information such as some of the best places to visit on fiji.travel.
As for the rules for returning to the UK, Fiji is currently on the ‘rest of the world’ list under the UK’s new travel rules, and the Foreign Office has lifted its advice against non-essential travel.
This means Brits can visit for holidays. When returning to the UK, fully vaccinated arrivals will need to take a PCR test on day two of arriving.
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- TUI has free kids’ places including the school holidays – book here.
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- First Choice has free kids’ places for all-inclusive holidays – book here.
- Jet2holidays has various offers including infants going free – book here.
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However, anyone who is unvaccinated will need to take a pre-departure test, take two PCR tests on days two and eight after landing, and also self-isolate for 10 days. (There is also a ‘test and release’ option if you pay for a fourth test).
Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic, so always check the latest Foreign Office advice before booking or going on a trip, as this includes information on everything from entry requirements to any areas where it advises against non-essential travel.
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