As Fiji moves into quarantine, here’s where Australians can travel
Fiji, Singapore and other major Asia-Pacific vacation destinations will soon remove even more travel restrictions for Australians.
It comes as Health Minister Greg Hunt announced that people will no longer have to take a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to Australia.
These are among the latest obstacles that have prevented Australians from traveling easily during the pandemic.
As the region pushes to live with COVID, here’s a roundup of all the new travel opportunities just off Australia’s shores.
Fiji is the latest country to drop quarantine restrictions for Australian travelers as the region continues to open up.
From April 7, vaccinated visitors will no longer have to self-quarantine for three nights in government-approved accommodation.
“Anyone from anywhere in the world, as long as they are vaccinated, can come to Fiji,” the country’s economy minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, told FBC.
“The most important thing we have emphasized is that visitors should be vaccinated.”
In addition, masks will no longer be mandatory in the country and density limits will be removed from this weekend.
“The timing of the Fiji government’s decision to ease entry requirements couldn’t be better as we head into the best time of year to visit Fiji,” said Fiji Airways Director and CEO , Andre Viljoen.
From April 1, fully vaccinated visitors to Singapore will no longer need to self-quarantine either.
Australia was among the first countries included in the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program last year.
This required passengers to book specific VTL flights, self-quarantine for a set amount of time, and take multiple COVID tests after arrival.
All travelers will need to do from April 1 is present a negative COVID test before departure.
Now that quarantine requirements have been removed, shorter trips and weekends will be more feasible.
Flights from Australia to Bali recently resumed after a two-year hiatus.
Under the original arrangement, travelers still had to be vaccinated and spend three nights in quarantine at an approved resort.
But since Monday, March 21, travelers no longer need to quarantine at all.
This border policy was also extended to the rest of Indonesia.
Malaysia will reopen to international visitors on April 1, with no requirement for vaccinated travelers to self-quarantine.
The Malaysian government says this is part of “the transition to the endemic phase”.
Travelers arriving from Australia and most other countries will still need to take a COVID test two days before departure, and another within 24 hours of landing.
“We believe this decision will boost our economy and help revive our struggling tourism sector,” Prime Minister Ismail Sabri added.
Earlier in March, the Kiwi government announced an accelerated plan to reopen borders with Australia leading the way.
Vaccinated Australians will be allowed to enter New Zealand from April 13.
Late family reunions will be a big contributor to trans-Tasman travel, however, the ski season will also boost the destination’s appeal.
Data shows that Australians want to return to New Zealand.
Searches on airline ticket booking site Skyscanner jumped 58% in the week after the announcement.
The most popular time to travel is during the Easter holidays.
The impending reopening of New Zealand’s borders to Australian travelers means it will soon also be convenient to visit the islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Unlike most Pacific islands, French territories in the region have not closed their borders to the rest of the world.
However, there were no flights from Australia or New Zealand.
Flights to Tahiti from Auckland with Air Tahiti Nui are scheduled to resume on May 5.
Air New Zealand will follow on July 6, providing an easier connection to Australia.