Fiji’s Bula Bubble suffers setback

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Credit: BIANCA DE MARCHI/AAPIMAGE

RNZ 23 March 2021 – Fiji’s government said it has proven itself as a safe destination for travellers during the pandemic with no cases reported in the community for more than 320 days.

Fiji said it was ready to open its border to Australia and New Zealand and urged both countries to join its so-called Bula Bubble scheme.

But its major regional partners say the Fijians are not on the priority list for a seat on the trans-Tasman travel bubble, just yet.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday several concerns needed to be resolved before a trans-Tasman bubble could go ahead.

However, the government hopes on 6 April to announce a start date.

New Zealand will also work on contact tracing requirements, QR codes, arrangements of testing that might or not be required, between now and 6 April, Ardern said.

“When we have met these criteria, we anticipate we will be in a position to open the bubble.