Fiji will be open to travel by the end of the year
(CNN) — Fiji is ready to welcome tourists again by the end of 2021, but there seems to be some disagreement about exactly what the reopening date will be.
Brent Hill, the CEO of Tourism Fiji, the country's national tourism body, told CNN any reopening date is still a moving target.
The country's national airline will play a major role in the reopening process.
"Fiji Airways is committed to putting on a strong schedule right from the get-go.
They are committed to opening across a number of their ports that they flew to and providing capacity," Hill confirmed.
He teased there will be flight and resort deals on offer as part of the country's reopening.
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Last summer, Prime Minister Josaia "Frank" Voreqe Bainimarama openly said he was courting billionaires who wanted to visit Fiji during the pandemic.
The reopening news was met with happy responses from Fiji's tourism community, which has taken a significant hit during the pandemic.
Travelers will need to download the CareFiji app to their phones ahead of arriving in the country.
They will be able to use the app to book hotels and resorts compliant with the program.
CNN's data showed as of September 14, 33 percent of Fijians have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.