COVID & NAI’A - FAQs
Yes, it’s true. Fiji’s borders have been open to international tourists since December 1, 2021. We at NAI’A were thrilled to welcome passengers back and have been running full since travel began again. There are limited spaces available for the rest of the year and our crew and coral reefs are ready and waiting to give you the diving adventure you’ve long wished for.
Logistical details surrounding Fiji’s opening are constantly changing so we will update this page as soon as we have new information. Please bear with us as we endeavour to find the smoothest route through this transitional phase and feel free to direct your questions via email to Alexx and Joeli in Fiji’s NAI’A office: email@example.com
Why is Fiji open to travellers now?
Fiji’s high vaccination rate is the main reason that it is the first nation in the South Pacific to open borders. The Fijian government and its people embraced a broad-reaching and successful COVID vaccination program and currently 95% of the population aged 18+ is double-vaccinated.
Thanks to assistance from the COVAX Facility, WHO and government partners like Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA, Fiji accessed supplies of Astra-Zeneca, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. A Moderna vaccination program for children is happening now.
Also, Fiji Airways is one of only six airlines in the world to achieve the highest level 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX COVID-19 Airline Safety Accreditation, a global benchmark for evaluating COVID-19 safe travel. Read full details here: www.fijiairways.com/en-us/media-centre/covid-19-airline-safety-rating
Who is allowed to travel to Fiji?
Fiji offers quarantine-free travel to fully-vaccinated travellers from all over the world.
Do travellers need to be vaccinated against COVID to visit Fiji?
Yes. Travellers (16yrs+) must produce a digital/paper certification of full-vaccination at least 14 days before travel.
Fiji currently recognises AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Coronavac (Sinovac), Covishield, BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm), Covaxin and Sputnik V. vaccines only.
Cross vaccination between these vaccines is accepted.
Please note that fully-vaccinated means that you have received the recommended number of initial doses (usually 2) of a vaccine that Fiji recognises. Vaccine booster shots are considered as additional protection to full-vaccination and are not mandatory.
Do travelling children need to be vaccinated?
Unvaccinated children (below 16 years old) can travel to Fiji if accompanied by an adult. Children aged younger than 16 may travel to Fiji unaccompanied only if they are fully vaccinated.
What documents must travellers provide to be allowed depart for Fiji?
- Proof of vacination.
- Evidence of medical travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
Fiji Airways has provided a Travel Checklist that is useful to confirm that you have met the entry requirements.
What COVID tests are required to travel to Fiji and join NAI’A?
Fully vaccinated visitors to Fiji will no longer be required to produce a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test prior to entry, a move that reduces costs and lends greater convenience to those travelling to the country. The change applies to all visitors entering Fiji by air or sea who were previously required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to their arrival to Fiji. This step is in line with best practice for entry requirements among highly vaccinated societies and follows countries such as Australia and Singapore who have also removed COVID-19 testing as an entry prerequisite.
The current requirement to book an in-country pre-COVID RAT test, prior to departing for Fiji, remains. The test must be done within 72 hours of arrival. In-country tests must be booked prior to arrival to Fiji on https://entrytestfiji.com/.
Finally, to return home, you must have another Rapid Antigen test within 24 hours of departure for the US, which we will arrange (at your cost).
Must visitors quarantine in Fiji on arrival and before boarding NAI’A?
Formal quarantine and isolation is not required, however you must pre-book a Rapid Antigen Test before you arrive in Fiji.
Upon arriving in Fiji, NAI’A passengers have three options:
- If you arrive three or more days before the charter, we recommend that you stay at a CFC-certified hotel. Within 72 hours of your arrival in Fiji you receive a Rapid Antigen Test at your hotel and transfer to NAI’A the next day.
- If your flight has you arriving two days before the charter, you can stay at a CFC-certified hotel for two nights, get your Rapid Antigen Test at the hotel and then transfer to NAI'A (also a CFC-Certified provider) for your third night.
- If you arrive the day of the charter, you will go directly to an approved day room in Nadi where you will receive a Rapid AntigenTest. Starting at 2:00pm, an approved transport bus will collect all passengers who have returned a negative result from their hotel or transit lounge for transport to NAI’A in Lautoka.
How will NAI’A meet COVID-safe cleaning and operational standards?
NAI’A is fitted with V20 HEPA air purifiers and, in addition to our regular cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout the ship, now carries electrostatic sprayers and a UV guard disinfectant wand kit to reach every nook and cranny.
The entire staff and crew are vaccinated and trained in COVID protocols.
Will the NAI’A Crew “Entertainment Night” still happen?
Yes but only outside on the dive deck.
Will we visit outer island villages during a NAI’A trip?
The villages NAI’A usually visits are nearly 100% vaccinated and able to host visitors so we have resumed our village visits, always a highlight of the NAI’A experience.
More detailed FAQs about travelling to and within Fiji are here: www.fiji.travel/faq
“We loved NAI’A and it superlative crew 12 years ago. We adore you truly. Thanks for a sublime experience – an unparalleled opportunity to marvel, laugh and sojourn with the best of nature and humanity.”
~ Sandra & David