Fiji Travel Bubble
A favourite overseas destination for Australians, the country of Fiji is made up of 333 islands in the South Pacific Ocean. White sand beaches, pristine blue waters, stunning coral reefs and a friendly and laid-back island culture await travellers looking for an overseas getaway that is close to home. Like Australia, Fiji closed its border to international tourists during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the borders began coming down in December 2021 with the implementation of travel bubbles from a range of countries, including Australia.
The Fiji Travel Bubble arrangement is a win for both Australians seeking a holiday in the sun and Fiji’s hard-hit tourism industry and economy. Australians traditionally make up almost half of Fiji’s total tourists numbers each year.
When is the Fiji Border Opening?
Fiji began opening up its borders for quarantine-free travel to fully vaccinated tourists from ‘Travel Partner countries’ in December 2021.
Fiji Travel Restrictions
All visitors to Fiji are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. As of February 2022, Fiji recognised travellers who have had full courses of Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Coronavac (Sinovac), Covishield, BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm), Covaxin and Sputnik V. All travellers will also need proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to travel, which can be either a PCR or RAT test that is supervised and verified by a medical professional. PCR tests need to be taken within two days of departure and RAT tests need to be taken within 24 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure time. There needs to be a written record of the test result provided digitally or on paper, which should be presented at check in.
Visitors to Fiji are also required to stay at a ‘Care Fiji Committed’ (CFC) certified accommodation provider and have a minimum three-night stay confirmed as well as confirmed CFC transfers from the airport to the accommodation. Finally, foreign nationals entering Fiji for a holiday are required to provide proof of travel insurance which includes Covid-19 coverage.
Which countries are in Fiji’s Travel Bubble?
As of February 14, 2022, the following countries were listed as Fiji ‘Travel Partner countries’:
American Samoa, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Federated States of Micronesia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norfolk Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Palau, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
Fiji Travel Requirements
While Fiji allows for quarantine-free travel, visitors are required to take a mandatory RAT test at a CFC certified accommodation provider two days after arrival.
Visitors are still able to enjoy hotel or resort facilities and take tours with CFC approved operators during this time.
Travellers are also asked to wear a mask in crowed indoor and outdoor public spaces including restaurants, shops and tour buses, as well as social distance where possible and thoroughly wash or sanitise their hands frequently during their time in Fiji.
Fiji to Australia Travel Rules
Australia’s international border was opened in February 2022 to fully-vaccinated international travellers, including from Fiji. Inbound travellers to Australia must provide proof of vaccination and complete a Digital Passenger Declaration prior to boarding their flight.
Travellers must also provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test, which can either be a PCR test taken within three days of the flight’s scheduled departure or a RAT which must be taken within 24 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure time. All of Fiji’s approved accommodation operators offer Rapid Antigen testing onsite for onward overseas travel, at a cost of about $30FJD (about AU$20). PCR tests can also be arranged through accommodation providers for around $200FJD (about AU$130).
What happens if you test positive to Covid-19 while travelling in Fiji?
Any travellers with positive pre-departure tests are not permitted to board their flight to Australia.
You must stay overseas and follow local rules until you return a negative test.
If it has been at least seven days since a first documented positive test or if you have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 30 days before your scheduled flight, you can return to Australia if you provide a certificate from a medical practitioner stating that you have recovered and are no longer considered to be infectious.
Fiji Travel Insurance
Holding a travel insurance policy that includes coverage of Covid-19 is a requirement of entry into Fiji. Many travel insurance plans now include Covid-19 cover as standard or as an optional upgrade. These policies can provide coverage for overseas medical costs if you are diagnosed with Covid-19, as well as pre-trip and on-trip cancellation and amendment costs should your holiday be affected by a positive Covid-19 test immediately before or during your trip. Travel insurance can also protect you with cover for other medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, as well as cancellation fees, lost deposits and damage to luggage and personal effects. Make sure your trip to Fiji is properly covered.
Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Fiji Airways all operate regular direct flights from Australia’s east coast to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport. Direct flight times are about 3.5 hours from Brisbane, just under four hours from Sydney and just under five hours from Melbourne.
Transfers are available from Nadi International Airport to hotels and resorts on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu as well as smaller surrounding islands. Connecting flights are also available from Nadi International Airport to Nausori International Airport, which is located on Fiji’s second-largest island of Vanua Levu. The close proximity of Fiji to Australia makes it a popular destination, particularly for families.
Fiji offers a large range of different accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. There is everything from family-friendly resorts to smaller hotels and apartments, all-inclusive properties and even overwater bungalows for a romantic couple’s getaway. There are a large number of major international hotel chains that operate in Fiji, as well as smaller local accommodation providers.
The key regions of Fiji to stay in are the Coral Coast, Denarau Island, Kaduvu, Mamanuca Islands, Nadi, Outer Islands, Pacific Harbour and Bequa Island, Savusavu and surrounds, Suncoast, Suva and surrounds, Tavenui Island and the Yasawa Islands.
Best Resorts in Fiji
There are beautiful resorts to be found all across Fiji. However, there are a few standouts that are particularly popular with tourists. Many of the large international chains have resorts that are located in the Denarau Island region, which is conveniently located only a 20 to 25 minute drive from Nadi International Airport.
Raddison Blue Resort Fiji Denarau Island is one of these and offers 10 acres of tropical gardens, waterfalls and a private beach. There is also a kids club, gym, day spa, four lagoon pools and six on-site restaurants. Another favourite among regular tourists to Fiji is the five-star Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, which is also located on Denarau Island. With a stunning beachfront location, the Sofitel has completed a $50 million renovation of the entire resort and is suited to both couples and families. It features an adults-only Waitui Beach Club, which has an infinity pool and the decadent Waitui Bar & Grill restaurant. There is also a new Kids’ Club area with a water park, climbing wall, trampoline and indoor play areas.
The Sofitel Fiji offers both standard accommodation pricing as well as all-inclusive packages.
Other popular and highly-rated resorts in the Denarau Island region include the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa and the Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort. The region’s resorts all surround The Denarau Island Golf & Racquet Club, a golf and tennis club which includes an 18-hole par 72 golf course. Another well-known and popular resort is the Naviti Resort, an all-Inclusive beachfront property on Fiji’s world-renowned Coral Coast that is perfect for families.
Overwater Bungalows in Fiji
Yes, you can stay in an overwater Bungalow in Fiji. The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay includes 22 overwater ‘Bure Villas’ as part of an expansive resort property that also featured 136 Deluxe rooms and a further 92 Bure Villas on land. The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, which is a 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, also has three swimming pools, a day spa, water sport activities and three on-site restaurants. If you are looking to get away from the main island, the Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji also offers 10 elegant and exclusive overwater bungalows on Malolo Island, which is easily reached from Nadi International Airport by fast catamaran, private speedboat, seaplane or helicopter. On Fiji’s second-largest island of Vanua Levu, the Koro Sun Resort has some unique villas on the water’s edge and even ‘Floating Bures’ within the marina.
Fiji Best Island Resorts
If you really want a relaxing and indulgent getaway, you might want to spread your wings and get away from Fiji’s main islands. There are plenty of wonderful luxury resorts on some of Fiji’s smaller islands – some which you can even have exclusive use of. Turtle Island Fiji is one of those, an all-inclusive four-star island which is home to only 14 couples at a time who share 12 private beaches. And if you want to rent the entire island for yourself and a group of family or friends, you can. Castaway Island is another four-star offering, which has 65 villas on a 174-acre island.
For something more upscale, Six Senses Fiji on Malolo Island is highly rated and features 24 spacious private pool villas and suites as well as some multiple-room residences. The Shangri-La Yanuca Island Resort is on its own island, but is connected by a bridge from the main island of Fiji making it both exclusive and accessible. It features 442 rooms and suites, including an adults-only wing. For a full adults-only experience, the Royal Davui Island Fiji is a good option. With just 16 villas for couples, it is around a 30-minute ferry away from Pacific Harbour on the southern side of Fiji’s main island. If you want to see how the rich and famous live, check out Laucala Island. Accessible only by private jet, it is one of the most exclusive island resorts in the world.
Fiji Things to Do
When most people think of Fiji, they think of endless white-sand beaches to explore, swimming in crystal blue water and snorkelling over amazing reefs. Yes, you can do all that.
However, there is also plenty to do and see on land in this beautiful country. One of the most popular attractions in Fiji is in fact the Saberto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, where you can get dirty and lather up in some therapeutic mud for a small fee paid to the local villagers. Located in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, about a 20 minutes’ drive from Nadi, the mud is said to be good for the skin and you can later wash it off in one of three thermal hot springs.
Ziplining is another popular activity in Fiji, with multiple operators offering the experience on the main island. You can zipline through jungles and over waterfalls and rivers in a fun activity that also allows you to take in some spectacular scenery.
For a local experience, look for a tour that includes a kava ceremony. It is a traditional welcome ceremony for guests to Fijian villages, who at the end are offered a drink that is prepared from pounded kava root. The Jewel of Fiji Tour is a hugely popular and recommended tour which includes a visit to a Fijian Village complete with kava ceremony, as well as taking in a longboat ride along Fiji’s scenic Navua River, a swim at a waterfall and some bamboo rafting.
For the kids, the Big Bula Waterpark at Denarau Island is a hit, with a host of slides, pools and inflatables. Fiji also offers other land-based activities like river tubing, ATV quad biking and golf. For water lovers, day trip tours from the main island to smaller Fijian islands are plentiful, as well as snorkelling, diving and kayaking trips. Fiji offers some of the most amazing diving on the planet, with the best time to take the plunge generally being between April and October.
How do you say ‘Hello’ in Fiji?
‘Bula’ is the friendly greeting which you will hear a lot all around Fiji and it translates in English to ‘life’ but is most commonly used instead of ‘hello’. Many Fijians, including those in tourist-facing industries, speak English as a second language quite well. However, other easy Fijian words that you might want to use on your trip include ‘io’ (yes), ‘sega’ (no) and ‘vinaka’ (thank you).
Fiji enjoys a warm and tropical climate year-round, making it an ideal place to visit at any time. In and around Nadi on the main island, the average daily maximum temperatures are between 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and 32 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit) all year. The warmest months are between October and April, when average daily highs are between 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and 32 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit). Between April and September, average daily highs hover between 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Fiji does have a wet season, which normally runs from November to April.
Between 11 and 19 days of rain are observed each month during this period. The driest months are between May and October, which see between five and nine rain days each month on average.
Fiji’s capital of Suva receives significantly more rainfall than Nadi, but Fiji’s smaller surrounding islands generally receive less rain. Fiji is prone to tropical cyclones, which normally occur during the wet season between November and April.
When is the best time to visit Fiji?
The best months to travel to Fiji are considered to be late March to early December, when temperatures are warm and rainfall is relatively limited.
Fiji has its own official currency which is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). Like the Australian Dollar, the Fiji Dollar uses the decimal system and coins and notes are available in the same denominations as the Australian Dollar. As of March 2022, $1 Australian equates to roughly $1.54 Fiji Dollars.