Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, has announced that flights to the South Pacific paradise will officially resume for fully vaccinated international travellers from 1st December 2021, with the first commercial flight from Australia to Fiji since March 2020 scheduled to depart Sydney on the morning of the 1st December.
From 1st December, Fiji Airways will launch 14 flights a week from Sydney (twice a day) on the new state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 and energy-efficient Boeing 737 Max, with daily flights from Melbourne and Brisbane also scheduled to resume.
Australians will be among the first to enjoy a well-deserved holiday in one of the world’s first fully vaccinated tourist destinations, with Fiji on track to have the entire working population vaccinated by November. Award-winning Fiji Airways, with its two distinct achievements for COVID Safety and wellness, is offering exclusive package holidays with luxury resorts at prices up to 45% more affordable than 2019 rates.
Four nights per person at the luxury Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Fiji, with its rich array of exciting guest offerings start from $1099 AUD, including return flights with Fiji Airways, accommodation, all meals, transfers and more. Four nights at the same resort for a family of four (two adults and two kids), including return flights with Fiji Airways, accommodation, all meals, transfers and more will start from $2559 AUD.
The Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced the travel framework which would allow Fiji to reopen its borders to tourists from 1st December after more than 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All arriving travellers must be fully vaccinated, present evidence of a 72-hour negative RT-PCR test prior to boarding, and complete an additional rapid test at their pre-booked resort or hotel upon arrival before commencing their holiday quarantine free.
Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO Andre Viljoen said: “After almost two years of no tourism, we cannot wait to welcome back international travellers from 1st December and greet them with our famous Fijian hospitality. We can finally give our Australian friends a big bula welcome onboard our aircraft and safely transport them to a well-deserved holiday in paradise.”
“We fully support the health protocols and travel framework laid out by the Fijian Government for safety of Fijians and visitors alike. In addition to the measures announced, we have our Travel Ready programme to safeguard the wellbeing of staff and customers, which includes mask-wearing at all appropriate times on board our aircraft and at the airport.”
“Fiji is a pioneer of covid-safe international travel; our entire working population is on track to be fully vaccinated by November and Fiji Airways is the only airline in the Australia-Pacific region to achieve a Skytrax 5-Star COVID Safety rating as well as the highest Hospital Grade “Diamond” certification by APEX Health and Safety powered by Simpliflying,” said Mr Viljoen.
Fiji Airways will adjust its planned schedules accordingly if certain states or destinations remain closed for international travel on 1st December.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently stated that once home quarantine pilots in New South Wales and South Australia are completed, states and territories with 80% double-dose vaccination rate will roll out seven-day home quarantine for fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents returning from overseas. As of 9th October, 61.2% of Australians aged 16 and over are double-vaccinated, and 72.8% of NSW residents are fully vaccinated as of 8th October.
For more information and to view the full flight schedule and all package deals please visit: https://www.fijiairways.com/en-au/
EXAMPLE OF FIJI AIRWAYS’ PACKAGE DEALS – PER PERSON
- Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa – 4 Nights from AU$1099 (Flights, Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers & More)
- InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa – 4 Nights from AU$1,149 (Flights, Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers & More)
- The Naviti – 4 Nights All Inclusive from AU$1199 (Flights, Accommodation, All Meals, All Beverages, Transfers & More)
- Shangri-La Yanuca Island, Fiji – 4 Nights from AU$999 (Flights, Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers & More)
- Radisson Blu Resort – 4 Nights from AU$1,299 (Flights, Accommodation, All Meals, Transfers & More)
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