As simply as an entry restriction can appear, it can just as easily disappear. Fiji joins the list of tourism-dependent countries that have realized this, eliminating every single COVID-19 travel restriction for tourists and locals alike.
Fiji had been clinging onto two remaining COVID-19 entry rules– proof of vaccination, and compulsory travel insurance. Since 14 February, those final two requirements have been no more, setting up a potentially record-breaking year of tourist arrivals for the Pacific country. Not to mention, it helps that more than 100 countries have visa-free access to Fiji.
The first time I visited Fiji was in December 2008, when Air Pacific was the national carrier (Air Pacific changed its name in 2012 to the not-so-subtle Fiji Airways). I was eating everything in sight, particularly due to the fact that I had scarcely been in the region before that trip.
Up until that point, the majority of my travels had involved cities, so it was a major shift to be spending a few days in a rainforest hotel somewhere on the outskirts of Suva, the Fijian capital. Downpours happened every afternoon, but I felt quite content sipping on coconut water, and listening to the sounds of the tropics.
My subsequent trip to Fiji, in 2017, was nothing like that. Not to go into too many details, but I had a lot of surprisingly good Fijian-Chinese meals that time.
With this complete relaxation of entry requirements, are you thinking of visiting Fiji?