Fiji Reopens Borders Despite Omicron

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said Omicron would not stop Fiji from reopening its border to international travelers on Wednesday.

“We are still emerging from the horrible pandemic that we suffered and are just starting to recover from its economic devastation. Businesses are rebuilding… and people everywhere are resuming their normal lives,” Bainimarama said.

Bainimarama added he was confident that the 90 percent vaccination rate of the adult population in Fiji would help contain any outbreak, provided the population observes strict health protocols.

“We all must remain serious and vigilant and keep up our guard,” Bainimarama said.

Meanwhile, the health department said Fiji could only do little to keep Omicron out if initial assessments were correct about how easily it spreads.

“The public is advised that if indeed the virus is more transmissible than Delta, then it will be inevitable that it gets to Fiji,” the health department added.

Fiji has set December 1 as the day it welcomes back foreign holidaymakers to boost its tourism-reliant economy. 

“We must fight for every tourist dollar. I know we will succeed,” Bainimarama said.

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