Now Reading
Fiji to Fully Reopen to Tourists


Fiji to Fully Reopen to Tourists

Fiji to Fully Reopen to Tourists
Photo: AP News

Fiji will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated tourists starting today.

Fully vaccinated visitors will only need to obtain a rapid antigen test at an approved testing facility within 48 hours of arriving in the country. The move comes as Fiji recorded a 94.4% double-dose vaccination rates among adults, while the 7-day average number of cases has decreased to 6 cases.

Fiji’s tourism-dependent economy was one of the hardest hit economies globally. Before the pandemic, tourism contributed almost 40% of Fiji’s GDP—about USD $1.6 billion—and employed over 150,000 people. The strict enforcement of travel restrictions meant a 95.4% decline in tourist arrivals in 2021 and led to the closure of almost half of all tourism businesses. Fiji’s GDP shrank by 15.7% in 2020 and 5% in 2021, respectively. Two tropical cyclones further exacerbated the economic downturn causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to infrastructure.

Expect Fiji to begin a slow economic recovery on the assumption that tourism will increase significantly in 2022. The tourism sector will likely see a significant increase in demand in the medium-term, positively impacting incomes and business revenues. However, the economy is not expected to rebound to pre-COVID levels until 2025.

See Also
VINBAX 2023 exercise

Wake up smarter with an assessment of the stories that will make headlines in the next 24 hours. Download The Daily Brief.

View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll To Top