Fiji will ease Covid-19 restrictions and announce its reopening for international travel after the country hit a vaccination milestone Saturday.
Changes to the country's virus restrictions would be announced on Sunday afternoon after 80 percent of the adult population received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said.
"A full three weeks ahead of schedule! I'm grateful to everyone who's rolled up their sleeves to help make Fiji safe," Bainimarama said in a tweet.
"I'll announce the easing of Covid restrictions at home and our plan to reopen Fiji to the world."
Last month officials said once the target was reached, Fiji would reopen travel for "green list" locations, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Singapore and parts of the United States.
Visitors must be fully vaccinated and test negative for Covid-19 before departure under the previously announced plan.
Once in Fiji, they would stay in designated zones where all contacts, from hospitality staff to tour operators, would be fully vaccinated.
Reviving tourism, which government figures estimate accounts for 40 percent of Fiji's economy, is seen as crucial to containing rising poverty in the nation of under one million people.
The South Pacific nation was free of Covid for a year before the arrival of the Delta variant in April.
The outbreak's case numbers peaked in July recording more than 1,200 new infections daily.
Only 40 cases were recorded on Saturday.Last updated: October 09 2021 10:21 AM
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Twitter suspends scores of accounts promoting Philippines’ Marcos Jr
‘Proud’ Tongans determined to rebuild battered homeland
NZ water ship unloads in Tonga as other aid arrive
Police evict Palestinians, tear down East Jerusalem home
Tsunami-hit Tonga islands suffered extensive damage, more deaths feared
Drinking water, ash big concern as Tonga damage after tsunami
Casualty reports awaited from tsunami-hit Tonga with comms largely down
Tongans flee tsunami after powerful volcanic eruption
Tsunami hits Tonga, US West Coast on alert after volcano erupts