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Tourism Fiji has announced its “Care Fiji Commitment” to ensure traveller safety for when the borders reopen and we are free to visit the island paradise once more.

Tourism Fiji has announced its “Care Fiji Commitment” to ensure traveller safety for when the borders reopen and we are free to visit the island paradise once more.

In anticipation of Fiji’s borders re-opening to travellers, Tourism Fiji has introduced the “Care Fiji Commitment” which is a program including enhanced safety, health and hygiene protocols to ensure the utmost safety of travellers to Fiji in a post-COVID-19 world.

Although Fiji’s borders are currently still closed to international travellers, the introduction of the program represents a destination-wide assurance that Fiji is ready to welcome travellers safely back to its shores upon re-opening.

“The Care Fiji Commitment is our assurance to travellers that the health and safety of everyone who lives and travels here is our number one priority,” says Tourism Fiji Acting CEO, Robert Thompson. 

“We have been working together as one across the tourism and health industries to fight COVID-19 and adapt to a new normal to get us ready for when we can welcome international travellers again,”

Robert Thompson, Tourism Fiji Acting CEO

Since the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, Fiji has made health and safety its top priority. 

Due to the country’s quick and effective response to COVID-19, Fiji was able to contain the virus from a very early stage and mitigate any risk of outbreak within the islands.

The government’s effective containment measures, put in place in March 2020, meant Fiji was able to officially declare itself COVID-contained in June, with no local community transmitted cases for 263 days*.

Now, with the introduction of the Care Fiji Commitment, travellers can be assured that Fiji is a safe destination to enjoy on their next holiday to the islands. 

The Care Fiji Commitment program consists of the following key components: 

Globally Recognised Control & Mitigation Measures 

The Care Fiji Commitment is an ongoing commitment to maintaining protection measures against COVID-19 in Fiji.

This includes having testing and surveillance processes aligned with the WHO recommendations, local testing available at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control, WHO accredited isolation facilities, clear procedures in place for suspected cases, dedicated drop-in fever clinics for concerned visitors showing symptoms and a dedicated COVID-19 hotline. 

Wellness Ambassadors

Care Fiji Commitment
Image: Tourism Fiji

A designated Wellness Ambassador at each business will be available to travellers throughout their journey to assist with any COVID-19 related questions or concerns that may arise.

Wellness Ambassadors are dedicated to implementing and upholding all hygiene protocols and COVID-19 safe practices. 

careFIJI Contact Tracing App

Care Fiji Commitment
Image: Tourism Fiji

careFIJI is a privacy-preserving, Bluetooth based mobile app which uses non-location tracking technology, providing Bluetooth is enabled. 

It gives an added layer of security for visitors that any contact with a COVID-19 case will be quickly and seamlessly identified.

Two-Way Commitment

Care Fiji Commitment
Image: Tourism Fiji

Travellers will also be asked to commit to the program by postponing any travel if they feel unwell, communicating with the Wellness Ambassadors as needed, downloading the careFIJI app and adhering to all social distancing, sanitisation and face mask regulations, where required. 

For added assurance, Fiji’s trade partners can book their client’s trip with full confidence through Care Fiji Commitment Partners.

To-date, nearly 200 of Tourism Fiji’s industry partners – including the resorts, restaurants, tour operators, attractions and more – have gone through an extensive training process as their first step in making the Care Fiji Commitment.

The process is ongoing and a full list of approved partners will be available once complete.

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*Source: Fiji Ministry of Health COVID-19 updates, 6 January 2021