Fiji govt believes it can resume international travel this year

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the COP23 Fiji conference in Bonn, Germany on the 12th of November 2017. COP23 if organized by UN Framework Convention for Climate Change. Fiji holds presidency over this meeting in Bonn. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto). Photo: AFP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SUVA, Aug 31, 2021, RNZ. The Fiji Government believes the country will be able to resume international travel at the beginning of November, Radio New Zealand reported.

Fiji media has reported the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama saying the new timeline for re-opening borders is November 1st.

Mr Bainimarama is basing this on Qantas’s announced plan to resume international flights in December, as well as the progress being made on vaccines.

He said it will be achieved if Fiji sticks to the plan.

Fiji has more than 19-thousand active Covid-19 cases in isolation and the death toll according to figures released on Monday is 489.

The Minister for Tourism, Faiyaz Koya, said the goal posts have been brought forward thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign.

The FBC reports Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill saying international airlines have recognised Fiji’s vaccination efforts.

“Qantas and Australians wouldn’t be coming to Fiji, and saying they’re going to come here unless they saw out vaccination numbers,” Brent Hill said.

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