Fiji Reopens to Tourists After Shutting Borders for 600 Days

The paradise island of Fiji has welcomed back its first tourists in more than 600 days after reopening its borders to visitors

Fiji’s economy declined by 19% during the pandemic.

Fiji Airways Chief Executive, Andre Viljoen, told media that the resumption of tourism would help reignite the economy: “Welcome to this very momentous day,” he said. “We have been waiting for this day for the past 20 months.”

Tourism Fiji Chief Executive, Brent Hill, said 75,000 tourists had booked travel to the country over the next couple of months and the group had launched a campaign fronted by Australian actor Rebel Wilson.