Fiji's 'Bula bubble' may involve 14-day quarantine in a luxury resort

Fiji's unique spin on the travel bubble concept may be more like a holiday in itself.

By David Flynn, June 22 2020
Fiji's 'Bula bubble' may involve 14-day quarantine in a luxury resort

While New Zealand, Singapore and Thailandmap out plans for Covid-safe travel bubbles without a 14-day isolation period, Fiji's 'Bula bubble' will turn that quarantine into an indulgent two-week holiday.

Even the necessary separation of inbound visitors from everybody else will be done in what the country calls VIP or 'Vacation In Paradise' lanes.

“Working with Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji, we’ll be welcoming Aussies and Kiwis to holiday in Fiji in a manner that is carefully controlled and safely insulated," Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said on the weekend.

“They can complete 14 days of quarantine at their own cost in a Fijian Government-designated quarantine centre or a hotel of their choosing, after which a negative COVID test can clear them to start their 'Bula Bubble' vacation”.

Bainimarama says Fiji is currently identifying geographically-isolated resorts that are the best fit for this Bula Bubble, although tourists may end up treating that 14-day stay as the holiday in itself.

“To be clear, any tourist who comes to Fiji on these terms still won’t be able to move freely throughout the country," Bainimarama noted.

"All of their movement will be contained within the VIP lanes, starting on the airplane, then from the Nadi Airport onto designated transport to their designated resort or hotel, where they’ll remain throughout their stay.”

There'll also be the option for arriving passengers to present a certificate "from a recognised medical institution" certifying that they have carried out 14 days of quarantine in their home country, along with proof of a negative COVID test result within 48 hours of their departure for Fiji.

Fiji will also establish 'blue lanes' for yachts and pleasure craft arriving at Port Denarau Marina, where passengers must test negative for Covid-19 on arrival. If they've been at sea for 14 days, that will be considered as their mandatory isolation period.

No start date has been announced for Fiji's proposed Bula bubble.

The country has recorded eighteen cases of Covid-19, all of which have made a full recovery, and has no active cases of Covid-19 since June 5.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2011

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Out of interest, which hotel is that?

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03 Jun 2014

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The hotel in the photo is Mariott Momi Bay

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2011

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Thanks. once this is over, that might be my first holiday!

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17 Jan 2018

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Do they seriously expect people to go and be locked up in a hotel for 14 days before being allowed limited access to other locations. Appreciate they have to start somewhere but this does not fly especially from countries where C19 is under control. Dont forget 14 days quarantine when they get back to ANZ on top. Holiday in your home country!

08 May 2020

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I will wait for some people to do it and report back and take it up if the reports are positive. I am interested but won't be a Guinea Pig

23 Jul 2017

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14 days in a room at the Marriott doesn't sound like fun to me. I'll be staying home till both Australia and Fiji give the 'all clear' to travel safely.


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