In the recent development of events, Fiji has decided to finally reopen its borders to the fully vaccinated international travellers from the selected countries across the globe. The announcement has come on Wednesday, December 1 and the first flight inbound to Nadi in Fiji is already on its way. Flight FJ914 took from Sydney early morning as per the local time and was due to land at its destination just after midday.
The Current Status of Fiji Airways
The list of countries from where the vaccinated passengers can fly into Fiji includes countries such as New Zealand, the United States, Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Qatar, Germany, Spain, France, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Japan and most Pacific Island countries and territories along with Australia.
The Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways Andre Viljoen said in a statement that the airline is excited to welcome international travellers to the country after a wait of almost two years. He said that the passengers will be arriving from December 1 and they are excited to once again showcase Fijian hospitality. He further added that the airline has been preparing for this moment since March of last year and it is keen on providing its customers with safe and memorable experiences.
The fears of the new Omicron variant of the Covid-19 are lurking around despite which Fiji has decided to go ahead with the plan of reopening its borders. Fiji Airways has informed that the airline is working in coordination with the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services to keep a check on the risks of the new variant.
Not only Fiji has mandated the PCR tests for the passengers at both departure and arrival, but under the new policy, travellers will also have to declare their whereabouts for the previous 14 days of check-in. For the Wednesday morning flight from Sydney, Fiji Airways is using Airbus A330-200 which has 273 passenger seats divided into two cabins. Apart from this, the airline will also operate an Airbus A350-900 for a mid-afternoon departure from Sydney.
Moreover, as Fiji borders open, Australian skies are now going to witness the Boeing 737 MAX once again. It is expected that the carrier will use MAX 8 for most of its flights from Melbourne and Sydney morning flights. The Airbus A350-900 will continue to operate during the afternoon departures from Sydney.