Latest Update of COVID-19 - Fiji Immigration:
This is to advise that all foreign nationals who are currently stranded in the country due to COVID-19 should contact Fiji Immigration Office so that they could be properly guided to maintain their legal status. This applies to all categories of permit holders.
Please find the lastest annoucnement from the Honourable Prime Minister below:
- Statement on COVID-19 Safe Economic Recovery - 21/06/2020
Information on International Travel - COVID-19
- Working with Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji, Australians and New Zealanders will be welcome to holiday in Fiji in a manner that is carefully controlled and safely insulated. Everywhere they go will be wholly dedicated to others who match the same criteria, safely guided by what will be called “VIP lanes”, allowing them to Vacation In Paradise.
- To come to Fiji, Australian and New Zealand tourists can do one of the following:
- Option One: A health certificate from hospital or health facility recognised by MHMS in their respective country stating that he or she quarantined in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days immediately before departure from Australia or New Zealand, along with proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of their departure for Fiji, at which point they can immediately start their “Bula Bubble” holiday within confined VIP lanes.
- Option Two: Upon arrival in Fiji, they can complete 14 days of quarantine at their own cost in a Fijian Government-designated quarantine centre or a hotel of their choosing, after which a negative COVID test can clear them to start their “Bula Bubble” vacation.
- This Bula Bubble will allow Aussies and Kiwis to once again enjoy the best of Fiji while remaining separate from any other travellers and the general public.
- To be clear, any tourist who comes to Fiji on these terms still won’t be able to move freely throughout the country. All of their movement will be contained within the VIP lanes, starting on the aeroplane, then from the Nadi Airport onto designated transport to their designated resort or hotel, where they’ll remain throughout their stay.
- Government will also establish “Pacific Pathways”, starting with all travellers from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga. As the only sovereign nation with a WHO-certified testing lab and the heart of Pacific aviation, Fiji is poised to become a safely-regulated quarantine hub for Pacific countries. The Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Tourism, Fiji Airways and Fijian Government medical experts are now liaising with governments to allow travellers from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga to fly into Fiji. Upon arrival, they must spend 14 days in Fijian government quarantine facilities and then pass a COVID-19 test to enter society, both at their own cost or the cost of their respective government. As risk assessments evolve, this arrangement may be expanded to Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
- All Pacific Pathway flights will be run by Fiji Airways with adherence to their new “Travel Ready” protocols, that means staff will be wearing masks, health and wellness will be managed by newly established on-board personnel, and planes will be regularly sanitised. Passengers will also be health screened prior to boarding flights, those showing symptoms will not board. Passengers will be screened again on arrival, those showing symptoms will be isolated and tested for the virus.
- Fiji will also be establishing safe “blue lanes”, open to those yachts and pleasure craft sailing to Fiji. Any boat coming to Fiji will be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis. The only port of entry will be Port Denarau Marina. If this pilot project and if successful, extending blue lanes to other ports and marinas will be considered.
- Those eligible to sail to Fiji fall under two categories, both of which will require them to be tested in another country before departing.
- If their journey to Fiji will take 14 days or longer uninterrupted at sea, once they dock in Fiji and show proof of a negative test result, everyone on board will be screened by the Ministry of Health for symptoms. If they’re deemed to be healthy, their yacht will be allowed to freely visit other ports throughout Fiji.
- Alternatively, those with a journey at sea shorter than 14 days will be required to make up the difference in quarantine once they dock in Fiji at their own cost. So, say they spend eight days alone at sea –– they will then be required to pay for six days of quarantine in Fiji, after which they can be cleared by a negative test result, also at their own cost.
- Cruise ships are still strictly banned.
- New Zealand is expected to soon return to zero-case status and Australia to see more success at containing the spread of the virus. “Contained” is the keyword here, because as the pandemic rages around the world, until there is a globally-available vaccine, no country can truly claim to be truly “COVID-free” so long as it allows its citizens to return to their home country. So long as those entering Fiji pose no risk to the public at large, Fiji will remain COVID-contained, and a new COVID Risk Mitigation Taskforce has been established to carefully determine which other countries meet the same rigorous standards. Travellers from countries which earn this status will be allowed to enter Fiji without spending time in quarantine, so long as they present a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travelling to Fiji.
- As of now, under the rigorous criteria established by our medical experts, which considers key testing metrics, Fiji is considered to be the only COVID-contained country in the Pacific. So for the time being, strict quarantine restrictions and testing requirements will remain for travellers from every country entering Fiji.
- If either Australia or New Zealand becomes COVID-contained, the quarantine requirements for travellers from that country will be lifted, and movement can expand beyond these bubbles to everywhere else in Fiji.
- From tomorrow, Monday, the 22nd of June, Fijian citizens and Fiji residents in Australia and New Zealand will be permitted to travel to Fiji only after passing through a net of new safety measures.
- These are the options for returning residents and citizens:
A health certificate from hospital or health facility recognised by MHMS in their respective country stating that he or she quarantined in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days immediately before departure from Australia or New Zealand.
Proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of their departure for Fiji.
If you haven’t done your quarantine in Australia or New Zealand but have been tested, you can present a negative COVID-test result within 72 hours of travel and, on arrival to Fiji and spend 14 days in a government-designated quarantine centre. You can then go straight home if you are symptom-free.
- Mandatory: If you’re a returning Fijian citizen or Fiji resident, and regardless of whether you arrive by air or sea, you must download the careFIJI App to enter the country. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can buy one upon landing at Nadi airport for as little as $100. If you come to Fiji, bring a smartphone or buy a smartphone and download careFIJI.
- As Fiji returns to a “new normal”, there will be a focus on rekindling Fiji’s vital film and television industry. Again, this will be done in a completely safe and controlled manner. Cast and crew won’t even be allowed to board their plane without proof of a negative COVID-19 test and will be screened for symptoms both before boarding and upon landing. They’ll then be entered into government-designated quarantine, whether that’s a pre-approved hotel or a remote isolated island, for the mandatory 14-day period. Absolutely all quarantine and testing costs will be borne by the production company.
- Expatriate Employees who have been issued 03 months extension of work permits will be eligible to apply for another extension not exceeding 31.12.2020. The requirements are as follows:
a. Letter of request from the company,
b. Passport Bio data copy [certified],
c. Revised contract to suit the company’s need, and
d. Fee of $632.00 dependents to pay additional issue fees.
- Furthermore, seeing the current pandemic and uncertainties, if company’s intend to employ the same foreign nationals for longer period may do so but they need to meet all the requirements as per the Departments new checklist.
1. Travel/residence information for visitors
Visitors can select from the four following travel/resident options.
2. Travel Information for Fiji citizens
Fiji citizens intending to travel abroad can gather Fiji passport information and travel advice
3. Fee Structure
Fees information is available.