Fiji reopens border to cruise ships following two-year Covid ban

Fiji reopens border to cruise ships following two-year Covid ban

Reports estimate that each cruise ship calling in Fiji generates approximately $138,500 of spending in the destination

Fiji has reopened its international border to cruise ships after a two year pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move comes six months after the resumption of air travel, which has seen over 118,000 tourist arrivals in the Pacific island nation.

All travellers aged 16 years and above, including cruise passengers and crew members, are required to be fully vaccinated with a Fiji-recognized Covid-19 vaccine. They must take an antigen test within 24 hours prior to disembarkation at Fijian ports and must also have a valid medical travel insurance policy with international coverage of Covid-19.

The Covid-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce said welcoming cruise ships back into Fijian waters is a key facet of Fiji’s ongoing economic recovery. Prior to the pandemic, cruise companies, passengers and crew spent 44.2 million Fijian dollars (approximately US$20.1 million) annually in Fiji.

A 2018 study on the economic impact of cruise tourism in Fiji showed that each cruise ship voyage brings an average of 305,000 Fijian dollars (approximately US$138,500) in spending per port of call.

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