Travellers hoping to enjoy Fiji's barefoot island bliss have a new reason to smile, with the South Pacific nation set to remove all pre-flight testing requirements from May 1.
The welcome change eliminates the need for fully-vaccinated visitors to undertake a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to boarding their flight.
Now, visitors aged 16 and over simply need to provide proof of vaccination and travel insurance, as well as complete a rapid test within 24 hours of arrival.
Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill describes the change as a significant step for Fiji, “making it easier than ever to travel to our idyllic shores from around the globe.”
“The Fijian Government has continued to respond to data and science and moved quickly to make these changes, as more countries around the world also relaxed their protocols. There has never been a better, simpler time to come to Fiji than now.”
Prior to COVID-19, Australian travellers accounted for more than half of Fiji’s international arrivals. With stunning drawcards like the Yasawa Islands, the shark-diving mecca of Beqa Lagoon, and the popular family resorts that line the Coral Coast, it's easy to see why.
Since December 2021, Fiji has welcomed more than 100,000 international visitors.
Fiji Airways offers twice daily flights from Sydney to Nadi aboard its Airbus A350, which features an impressive business class and newly-upgraded menus that deliver 'island fare with flair'. In addition, it flies five times a week from Melbourne and Brisbane aboard the Boeing 737 Max 8.
Oneworld partner Qantas offers daily flights from Sydney to Nadi aboard the Boeing 737, with 12 recliner seats in a 2-2 layout over three rows in its premium business class.
Virgin Australia also jets off daily from Sydney to Nadi, four times a week from Melbourne and up to five from Brisbane, all aboard its nimble Boeing 737-800.
Business class travellers, Qantas Gold status holders and above, and members of the airline’s own Tabua Club loyalty program can also enjoy access to the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge at Nadi International Airport.